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Shed the Cold, Dehumanizing Blue, Build & Flex the Tribal Red

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You can learn more about the Anishinaabe 7 Grandfathers’ Teachings here.  Below are short & beautiful descriptions of each (pg.16):

Bravery/Courage
Share courage, not aggression. Share your thoughts and feelings with people who support living good lives. Believe in your love and kind feelings for others. Believe that the work you put into being kind and loving, helps you live a good life.

Honesty
Share kind thoughts or feelings to help you live a good life. Be kind and honest so others might choose to be kind and honest in return. Kind honesty encourages others to consider your words and friendship.

Humility

Be good to all living things, because each has a unique spirit within. Each of us carry special gifts that will help us
live good lives. Know that each of us can make mistakes, and that each of us can learn from mistakes. Each of us can laugh to feel good about life, without hurting others.
Love
Share kindness. Living a good life helps us to care for others, and helps us to feel cared for by others. It is normal to disagree with people who we love, who we care for, or who we are kind to. It is not normal to feel fear, or pain from people who we love, who we care for, or who we are kind to.
Respect
Value others for the goodness they share.  Accept that each of us experience, and understand life differently. Remember that each of us is special. We should never ask or force people to be different for us.

Truth/Honesty

Practice the Seven Grandfather Teachings for a good life. Remember the teachings were given for people to share with each other. Working to live a good life makes you a strong individual.

Wisdom

Share patience. Hold your words and listen before you speak. You might remember better words if you wait. If you are patient with your words you might learn something new before you share. Patience can help you to be safe.
Generosity (by Shea Sandy)
Generosity is vital for us and the web of life in which we live.  There will be times when others need your help and there will be times when you need help from others.  When everyone is as generous as they are able to be, it ensures the well-being and survival of all.  Some ways to show our generosity are by helping those in need, by always giving back to Earth when taking something or some Being, or generally sharing what ever you have with those around you – you could chop wood for elders, teach a skill you know, volunteering, etc.

The Seven Grandfathers are traditional teachings given by the Creator to the Ojibwe to teach them what is important so that they know how to live.  The Seven Grandfathers are traditional teachings on Love, Humility, Honesty, Courage, Wisdom, Generosity and Respect.  Each of the Grandfathers is a lesson that is viewed as a gift of knowledge for the learning of values and for living by these values.  Although each teaching represents a wealth of wisdom on its own, collectively they represent what was needed for community survival.  The Ojibwe were taught that the Seven Grandfathers could not be used in isolation.  To practice one without the other would amount to practicing the opposite of that teaching.  Therefore, to not love is to be fearful; to not be humble is to be egotistical; to not be honest is to be dishonest; to not be courageous is to be cowardly

Central to this philosophy, or worldview, is the emphasis on the larger perspective, the effects on others, the family, the community, the region and the universe, as the Ojibwe (and other Aboriginal peoples) believe that all beings are connected, like links in a chain.  A belief in the interdependence of all living things frames Aboriginal value systems.  Animals are no less important than humans, and plants are no less important than animals.  Water and wind, sun and moon and the changing of the seasons are all related to each other and to humans.  We are all part of one great whole.  As this awareness dictates a vision of the world as a whole, traditional Aboriginal thinking concludes that life forms maintain their health and balance through the focus on harmony as opposed to individual wants or needs.  The Seven Grandfathers were designed to achieve harmony.  Source

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Details and descriptions may differ from tribe to tribe and Nation to Nation but the basic core values are the same.

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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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Dr. Vandana Shiva: A Champion for Women’s Rights & Roles in Food Security

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I came across an article the other day about supermarket tomatoes and how a “genetic mutation” frankenstein’d into them to make them “ripen more uniformly” may have inadvertently taken away their sweetness, and gawd knows what other vitamins and nutrients were killed and what kind of poisons manifested. One line in the article summarized for me the problem with the colonist culture’s obsession with controlling everything having to do with Nature; here it is un-scientized sanitized and put into human speak:

“by manipulating [X] responsible for [Y], the [white men in white coats playing god] inadvertently [FUCKED SHIT UP of which we have no clue how far the consequences reach].” Continue reading

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