Wiisaakodewikwe (mixed NDN woman), Anishinaabe, European, Wiisaakode (Métis), and Wendat (Wyandot).
Late-20s. Communist. Niizhojichaag (Two Spirit). Queer TWoC. Lightskinned NDN. Social Justice blogger. Michigan born and raised. Living in Western Washington on traditional Snohomish territory. American Indian Studies / History dual major.
Panpolymommy is my wife.
Bangiishenh eta go indoojibwem.
Okay no. Fucking no. You think your sandwich is cute with peanut butter and jelly hearts, fucker? Well you’ll change your mind once you put it together and try to eat it. First you’ll get a mouthful of just bread and disappointment, then when you take another bite your mouth will be assaulted by copious the amounts of sticky peanut butter and sugary jelly and there won’t be enough bread to save you from it. A sandwich like that is what failure tastes like. The pb and j may be shaped like hearts but there’s no love in that sandwich. It’s about balance. Life needs balance, and so does your fucking sandwich. You disgust me. Don’t talk to me until you know how to make a proper sandwich.
In the spirit of International Women’s Day, let us take a moment to honor the words and work of the Cherokee Nation’s Andrea Smith, one of the greatest intellectual feminists of our time.
The digital poster was inspired by Smith’s powerful essay “Not an Indian Tradition: The Sexual Colonization of Native Peoples.” This essay is available to read here: http://www.vawnet.org/Assoc_Files_VAWnet/NotIndianTradition.pdf
About Andrea Smith:
Andrea Smith is an intellectual, feminist, and anti-violence activist. Smith’s work focuses on issues of violence against women of color and their communities, specifically Native American women. A co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, the Boarding School Healing Project, and the Chicago chapter of Women of All Red Nations, Smith centers the experiences of women of color in both her activism and her scholarship.
Smith’s critical work centers on genocide and acts of violence against Native women. She discusses patriarchy as a tool of settler colonial violence used to subdue and eradicate Native women. In her text Conquest: Sexual Violence And American Indian Genocide, Smith gives a genealogical study of state sanctioned violence against Native women and against their reproductive health from early America to the 19th century.
Smith’s work makes a critical intervention in Native American Studies that has a tendency to dismiss patriarchy as outside the purview of analysis of Native scholarship. Most Native scholars dismiss patriarchy because they identify it as a uniquely Western manifestation forced onto Native populations through assimilation. Smith argues that despite the fact that patriarchy is not intrinsic to Native society, its fundamental importance in the domination and extermination of Native peoples and Native women in particular should not be discounted.
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Boarding schools used Native appropriation to embarrass, degrade & exercise control over Native children. Native appropriation is an extension of the federal government’s assimilation and termination policies to ‘kill the Indian and save the man.’
grossThose nuns’ smug faces contrasted against the children’s. It breaks me.
In case anyone was wondering why this post isn’t so much funny as it is just horrifyingly true
Or kind of like how I spent probably like 2000 bucks so white men could teach me the history of my own fucking people
Or how I had to explain to my own fucking white sister why it wasn’t okay for her to make money dressed up like an “Indian Princess”
Or how my white ex-in-laws fucking accused me of being a pothead for smudging my fucking room and used that for grounds to kick me out (with no other place to go), which was traumatic enough that I never fucking did it again
Or how last week at work I had someone literally tell me they thought addiction to tobacco was Native American’s “revenge” for genocide, because we’re extinct now or almost because “you don’t see a lot of them these days”, and killing “us” with cigarettes is “their” revenge
This photo is a picture of what it feels like to be a ghost
A fucking ghost in your own native land.
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HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!!!
“I call it ‘hunting’ – non-natives come here ‘hunting’. They know they can come into our lands and rape us with impunity because they know that we can’t touch them. The US government has created that atmosphere.”— Lisa Brunner, an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in the Native American community, had this to say about sexual predators at Native American reservations
And this is why your hyper-sexualized, appropriation of our bodies as Native women is a problem white people.
We must live with the knowledge that 1 in 3 Native women will be sexually assaulted/abused/raped or be the victim of domestic violence.
If you’re not upset about Katniss, Tonto, or Kahn being played by white people, but you are upset about Annie being played by a black girl, you’re probably racist.
And by probably I mean definitely.
Racism should never have happened and so you don’t get a cookie for reducing it.
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maizegeek replied to your post “I went into Whole Foods for one thing yesterday and got to play my…”
I should do that next time I’m at the local health food store…
It makes the whole experience more bearable for me.
Indigenous Canadian Women Are Suffering a Murder Epidemic
Last week’s discovery of the body of Loretta Saunders, an Inuit student who disappeared while working on a thesis about missing and murdered Native Canadian women, sparked calls across the country for action. NGOs say violence against Aboriginal women and girls is reaching epidemic levels — and around half of the murder cases remain unsolved.
On February 13, NWAC delivered a petition to the House of Commons, signed by over 23,000 Canadians in support of the call for a national inquiry.
Next time you want to say “Canada’s such a nice place! Nothing bad happens in Canada!” please give a thought to this.
You don’t have to feel better right now, but I’m just gonna make you some love tea and read this book here for a few hours. So. That’s that.
How did Girl Scouts become so socialist, gay-supporting and abortion-supporting while Boy Scouts is still so conservative
Oh wait it’s probably because girls are better
Are you implying being Conservative is bad?
good reading comprehension.
I bet they didn’t say that when we had to write papers on Christopher Columbus. Or when they’re studying European world history. Did you skip over colonization and everyone involved? Or just Malcolm X who was a reactionary to that colonization? How about Hitler? Oh ok. You’ll silenced the oppressed but freely speak of the oppressors.
the american school system is a fucking joke
absolute props to the amazing parents who took a stand for their history and for their children’s education
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I went into Whole Foods for one thing yesterday and got to play my favorite game: find the other PoC. There’s always at least one other PoC in the store at the same time as me.
Also, I found crackkers with a hint of sea salt there. Also, actual crackers with a hint of sea salt.
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