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Beth LaPensée @odaminowin
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I remember visiting #UrsulaKLeGuin at her house to pick up a painting she donated to my parents to hang up at their university and thinking then as a teen, just as I do now, about how empowering it is that her career took off later in life.
She taught me that age was experience and not something to be afraid of. So much so that I wanted to be in my 40’s even then, living a life of creativity and adventure.
Like the way her and my mom would climb around the crater that became a lake and talk plants and science fiction and all the possibilities and probabilities.
I know my mom is very sad she has passed on, but I am content knowing she lived a beautiful life, and I would be grateful to express myself even a fraction of what she was able to accomplish, and with such genuine grace.
And we will all always be grateful for how she helped my mom create space for Indigenous science fiction. And where it all started—with Hive of Dreams. osupress.oregonstate.edu/book/hive-of-d…
Ursula felt very strongly about the importance of Indigenous voices in science fiction, and she gave my mom validity in academia by contributing to her first anthology, which later led to her being able to put together Walking the Clouds. uapress.arizona.edu/book/walking-t…
As a daughter of an anthropologist, Ursula was full well aware of what that field has done to and taken from Indigenous communities. She did her part to give back and had the greatest hope for my mom who had to face off in science fiction, which was dominated by colonialism.
It was vital then and still now for women to uplift one another. Without Ursula’s support, my mom would have been even more alone in a community that thinks Indigenous people are illiterate and don’t carry scientific teachings.
I will miss Ursula for the strength she gave to my mom and I will celebrate her for what she stood up for. With hope that the next generations continue this reciprocity and recognition of Indigenous rights and place in science fiction.
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