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On Meaning-Making & Decolonizing Wikipedia’s Indigenous Content

I don’t know how any person or knowledge entity can claim it is objective or neutral on a stance about anything – such a claim is to discredit oneself from the get-go.  There is just no such thing as “objectivity” or “neutrality”, no matter how much science tries to convince us so (superiority complex much?).

Humans are meaning-makers, it’s just what we do to make sense of Life.  This is done in all human cultures, and in the colonist culture, some popular meaning-making lenses include what we call “science”, “religion”, and “academia.”  None of these are really superior to another, though science sure thinks it is, which it tells us all the time.  The meaningfulness of our meaning-making is a matter of tapping into our basic human intelligence to figure out what makes the most sense to our mind, heart and Spirit. Continue reading

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On Warriors, Wisdom, Fearlessness & Not Self-Defending as Self-Defense

I just read Rebecca Mott’s excellent (as always) article about how there is no such thing as “self-defense” in prostitution when your Self is routinely terrorized, raped and beaten out of you as a condition OF the sex trade.  This happens because a prostitute’s compliance is demanded by men paying for the greedy sexual “right” to thoughtlessly and inhumanely use her any way they desire.

Since being bought and sold for sex is fundamentally inhumane (i.e. primally unnatural), women will naturally initially react in a self-defending manner against it.  To get in the way of a man’s demanded compliance of a prostitute is to bring attention to the fact that you are not the living porn doll his money is buying, and you will be punished for it.  How dare you not be the perfect product their hard-earned dollars feel so entitled to! Continue reading

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Dear Hana

Hello Hana, this post is a reply to your comment on this blog post.  The blog author, Juliet a.k.a. “bornwhore” did not allow our comment to be published which is why we are posting it here.

We — Feminist Rag & Zoongzi (pronounced Zoonzay and who is a female-bodied Two Spirited biracial (Anishinaabe/white) long-time Indigenous rights activist) — hope this post finds its way to you so you can continue expanding your knowledge about the sex trade from an Indigenous perspective because, as with anything in life, the more knowledge we have about something, the more informed decisions we are able to confidently make. Continue reading

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Houria Bouteldja: A Freedom Fighter for Women Globally Through Feminist Decolonization

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“Recasting human relations [and] the very notion of what it means to be human [are] crucial for decolonization.”Rubén A. Gaztambide-Fernández

I consider myself “radical” when it comes to politics because I am interested in getting to the heart and source of things in order to incite Change and achieve true freedom.  I love feminism, especially radical feminism, because it cares about and looks at socio-cultural power structures that keep women down.  But here in the west radfeminism doesn’t appear to tackle (de)colonization too much, even though females in so-called “developed” nations are the throat beneath the boot of the eurowestern, Abrahamic colonist-industrial patriarchy.  In other parts of the world, the boot looks different, but the power imbalance and pain it causes women is the same. Continue reading

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Columbus Day Is It? Maybe Next Year We Should Have a Hitler Day!

Artwork by Native Rights Activist & Artist Shea Sandy:

We Are Still Here” is the first of my Culture Clash collection.

This work voices the truth about what many Indigenous/Aboriginal/First Nations and Native American people have struggled with regarding some of the more common Native issues at the forefront, such as:

  • The pollution and destruction of the land we live with;
  • The spreading of european diseases to which we have little or no resistance to, this in itself has been said to account for up to %90 percent of the deaths and unfathomable SUFFERING of Native Americans since 1492.
  • Native people are often regarded as a whimsical character from the past that no longer exists except in the imagination of non-natives and in old western movies, this is why our Nez Perce man and his horse are represented in black and white, because many people think of us as something from the past and even talk about us in past tense form. i.e. “The Indians ‘lived‘ in tipis.” or “Native Americans ‘were‘ spiritual and ‘sang‘ songs and ‘danced‘. Well, WE ARE STILL HERE! No need to speak of us in past tense, Thank You, we aren’t quite gone yet – we are making a recovery, remembering our ways and reclaiming our place on Turtle Island.
  • The upside down flag is a well known military distress signal, it means Something Is Wrong and it is a sign asking for help.
  • The burnt edges of the flag are an acknowledgment of the dangerous, difficult and life threatening times Native Activists have gone through and continue to face.

Look closely and ponder this work, it has quite a story to tell.

I’d like to dedicate this to all Indigenous Activists, to all those who dare to DEcolonize their mind and to all the Survivors who stayed and stay strong with love in their heart for all of our Relations.

I hope you get as much out of it as I put into it.

~ Shea Sandy

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We Owe a Debt to “The Drunken Indians”

For some reason this most excellent video won’t embed, please check it out on YouTube, it is a 4-minute talk by Native Rights activist and artist John Trudell that is radically truthful and eye-opening  ——–>

http://youtu.be/RhLatWoWrKA

DEcolonize Your Mind!

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Would you celebrate a “Hitler Day”? Well if not then why in the world would you EVER celebrate this person who started a holocaust that killed about 10 times as many people as Hitlers claim to infamy? Whether the death tolls be 6 million, 45 million or 90 million we should all be able to agree that it is all horrific and awful and that starting a 500 year (so far) long genocide is NOTHING to celebrate!

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Decolonization is Not a Metaphor

This post is titled after this excellent article by Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang.

Indigenous women understand that our struggle for autonomy is related to the total need for structural change in this society.  We realize that indigenous people in industrial society have always been and will always be in a relationship of war, because industrial society has declared war on indigenous peoples, on land based peoples.

To look within a bigger context, when I say indigenous peoples, I’m not only talking about [Native American] Indians. All people come from land-based cultures.  Some have been colonized longer than I have, which means they have got more work to do (Winona LaDuke, source).

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Groupthink

We live in a groupthink culture where people are discouraged and punished for going “against” a group in thought (really this means thinking differently from others, which doesn’t = being against).  This is similar to (but also different from) what George Orwell named thoughtcrime in his most excellent mind fucky book, 1984.  Groupthink doesn’t only happen in larger mainstream society, it happens all over the place and in sub-groups, fringe groups and among families.  Continue reading

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