by Caledonia Rattlinggourd
There is a time to sit, and a time to stand. A time to fly, and a time to land… For everything, there is a season, a time. You can apply this to every aspect of life and you will see that it is so.
I believe that now is the time for us to be educated and come together – strength in knowledge and strength in education.
Strength in unity; is something I feel the modern world is LOSING. In the name of a modern, ‘independent’ world, we are losing the essence of what it is to be one. No wonder people are culture hungry and lost – humans are losing what it means to ‘belong’ and desperately seek to belong *somewhere*.
It’s human nature, as we are pack animals.
This is where gangs, and fad-lifestyles come from. This is what we lose our true identities to, this false sense of belonging.
So what I’d like to talk about at the moment, is the lack of unity I see between Indigenous Americans..
When we knock another persons background, nation, or customs, we are aiding in the process of cultural elimination. When we identify ourselves, or allow ourselves to be identified with white people, we are aiding in the process of cultural elimination. It’s a battle that’s been fought since 1492, this process of assimilation. Assimilate or die.
While a lot of culture has already been lost, and while our lands have been stolen and raped of their resources, and we’ve been under oppression for hundreds of years – INDIGENOUS AMERICANS LIVE ON.
This is something to be very, very proud of. But what we should not do, is be so bloated with pride that we forget the battles and sacrifices of our people in the past.
Submitting to racial stereotypes and expectations, letting your bloodline and/or culture die with you, assimilating with the white race, these are all actions that will kill us, the Indigenous Nation, and thus, our efforts for the past 600+ years.
Turtle Island, rich in her natural beauty and resources.. comprises all of “Canada” “The United States” and “Mexico”. We are essentially and thoroughly, One Nation, The People of Turtle Island.
Looking at Indian Country in this respect should be enlightening – the Indigenous population is large and strong. We should all embrace one another and strive to nourish our unity as Indigenous Americans.