Straight from “the horse’s mouth”, i.e. a DEcolonizing Native American artist, activist and long time AIM member, Shea Sandy:
In my experience the Indigenous voice is usually struggling to be heard. Struggling to be heard among the din and noise of the ever-crowding colonists who scream out their theories turned gossip and gossip turned theories as if they are fact and “truth”, pointing to the colonist composed books, media and scientific data as proof of their “truth”. All the while never once during their studying, deep thinking, data collection and empirical evidence-making do they consider that it all comes from colonist minds filtered through a colonists lens and back into colonist minds. Which would be fine if all they talked about were the ways of being a european colonist but it is not fine at all when it comes to other things.
When it comes to Indigenous americans we are nearly wiped out by genocidal colonization and the blank spaces are then filled in by the same colonists who never think to ask an “Indian”. They never (very rarely) think to ask the very people they are talking about. We are still here. But we don’t have newspapers, encyclopedias, n=1 studies or empirical evidence to “support” our “claims”. The brilliant speakers and writers we do have are not taken seriously and rarely if ever referred to…. except by our own.
If someone wanted to know all about YOU, would you not want them to ask YOU instead of the people that tried to annihilate you?
I think it’s a good idea for everyone to really listen to the [traditional] Indigenous Voices whose homeland you are standing on, perhaps you will catch a glimpse of the Indigenous american lens/world view.
Indeed we are all suffering from the current state of things, brought to us by colonization and industrialization. Let us all pray and take action in our own ways so that the suffering stops and the balance of good life returns.