we talk about bodies.
let’s talk about ours.
if i were you
you were i
these cobble stones heated by the long day loving of giizis
this hard crusted snow moon lighting snow floors with long, shadows of trees, our friends
these nights far away from a nokomis on a lake where the only thing that shines is jack, star, pickerel eyes, us wound up in each other
or the best cut of venison
(or worst cut in stew with parsnips)
with garden veggies
chased with ziisaabaakode
and sweaty panting.
what about the asemaa laid?
the story prayed?
what about our
sharing a smoke
with a friend,
The last week has been rife with commentary and response in social media on the re-emergence of facts and details of Andrea Smith’s false portrayals in being Cherokee. This article is the latest and beautifully grounded in Indigenous intellectual tradition, in my opinion. It is thoughtful, calm, considerate of multiple positions, and grounded in issues relevant to the well-being of Indigenous peoples and Nations…issues that are attended, in part, through academia. It seeks to generate respectful dialogue and reflection on this important matter despite lines of disagreement. It reflects the negative impacts people have been experiencing, including a focus on emotion and the heart–not just the intellect. It is hopeful for something better.
Have a read:
Addendum, July 9, 2015
Addendum, July 11, 2015
Ishkonigan is left over land. Otherwise known as reserve. The Cree word for this is similar (or so I’ve been told).
And this recent link, that is not without it’s problems, but it gives some hints about where things are at today:
because two things i love are
high quality (or educational) free shit
A National Film Board documentary
by Abenaki filmmaker, Alanis Obomsawin
Truth and Reconciliation
A Storybook with Recommendations
by the Government of Canada
Zoe Todd and Others Read the Story Out Loud
For Those Who Enjoy The Sound Of Life
Rick Harp, Margaret Atwood et. al. Build a Freedom Road
Acts of Love/Resistance/Subversion/Reconciliation by The People
Addendum July 8, 2015