I celebrated Thanksgiving my whole life; so did every Native family I know.

We don't ask the Narragansett, Mohegan, or Pequot to center their culture on atoning for their ancestors' aggression toward the Wampanoag... nor should we ask this of Americans.

The very tribes whose names and histories are being invoked in the effort to dismantle one of the most pure traditions in America all attacked each other.. tortured each other.. attempted to exterminate each other.

We should all be grateful to be here in this moment now.
I've noticed quite a few young Natives posturing on social media as if Thanksgiving was a controversy prior to white shitlibs making it one.

It's ideological colonization.

It wasn't even a 'thing' last year.

I refuse to dishonor my ancestors by stripping joy from the world.

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26 Nov
Dispatches from the racist Space:

Somehow the feigned outrage from Natives over Thanksgiving became a black women's issue.

Everyone in here very obviously was raised in middle class, majority white environments.
And they very obviously would be uncomfortable in black spaces.
Rather than simple accepting this, these black PMCs project their neurosis onto the very white liberals who embrace them.

Like adopted children who rage at the adoptive parents who loved them in favor of the biological parents who rejected them.

It's a common pathology.
Now a Nigerian immigrant is telling us that because of slavery, white women see black people as accessories. "I don't want to be your handbag." That's.. projection.

Ironically there's some truth there but.. she's still missing the point.
Read 23 tweets
21 Nov
Chris Beatty was murdered trying to protect his community during BLM riots in Indianapolis last year.

His killers have not been brought to trial and no protests demanding harsh justice for these vigilante rioters who killed an innocent black man.

Secoreia Turner was murdered during the Rayshard Brooks riots, when @KeishaBottoms ceded an entire area to criminals and got an 8 year old murdered.

Her killers have not yet been tried and there are no protests demanding justice for this angel.

Jessica Doty Whitaker was brutally murdered during BLM riots in Indianapolis, leaving behind a baby.

There hasn’t even been an article published about her case since 2020. No one demanding justice either.

Read 8 tweets
21 Nov
This argument is that people like Kyle.. are the ones who incited the violence?

This is malevolent, abusive gaslighting.

It's not that they weren't paying attention - they're lying.

I've said it before - we're on the precipice.
It's dangerous. These are not good faith actors.
As a reminder… and this is just Kenosha. To say nothing of what happened in Chaz or St Louis or Chicago, where 20+ people were killed in a weekend.
Read 5 tweets
7 Nov
A thread with some thoughts on education, history, and "CRT" + great photos:

School can't teach kids everything. Its purpose is as much to teach kids how to learn and spark curiosity as it is to teach them specific facts or canons of knowledge.

History class is no different.
At most, kids get 2-3 years of US History.
This is not enough time to delve into every topic, every atrocity. No matter how much is covered, something is left out. The point is to provide kids with a broad and thematic understanding of our nation's founding and principles.
Beyond that, it should give kids the skills to learn and analyze history and spark curiosity to explore independently.
The rest falls upon the student and family.
It is not the role of schools to teach family history, nor to make kids feel "included" by massaging the curriculum.
Read 16 tweets
5 Nov
Friday Joy: Fashion Show edition

Many are familiar with the top left aesthetic, but how many are familiar with the rest?

Traditional Native clothing in New Mexico is diverse and beautiful - a reflection of our journey and our location at a crossroads of culture...
More below.
Let's start with the familiar - the Apache.
There are numerous Apache bands and cultures in the southwest. I won't delve into all the specificity, but there are two distinct "eras" as attire goes. The first is the buckskin dress we all commonly associate with Plains culture.
In the American era, this shifted to trade cloth dresses with abundant jewelry and accessories. Hairstyles vary - many of these photos are of Jicarilla apache and you'll note the two pigtails are consistent.

In some mestizo communities, these are called "squaw" dresses today.
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31 Oct
A "haunted" vignette for Halloween:

As young as age 5, my elders warned us to take precautions when going past a particular field.

They told us that one of our great x grandfathers had owned many Indian slaves, including one of my great x grandmothers, and he was very cruel.
One day, some of the slaves - including my great x grandmother - tried to escape to their people.
They were caught.
As retribution, he wounded them and left them in that field to die - and their ch'iidi (bad spirit) were trapped there forever and would take retribution on us.
This is a twist on the La Llorona tale, except that in our belief any person - guilty or innocent - who cannot pass on to the next world will leave behind a spirit comprised only of their worst qualities.

Those exposed can become sick and even die if not cleansed.
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