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Two Spirit [yt] - "Two Spirit: A Native American possessing both a male and female spirit. An umbrella term used to describe the fluidity of Native American gender identity and sexuality with respect to traditional tribal roles."

The Great Law [yt] - "When settlers arrived in the New World, one of the first cultures they encountered was the Haudenosaunee, a confederation of tribes that had already been practicing representative democracy for hundreds of years. How much influence did that existing democracy have on our Founding Fathers and on documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution? More than you know."

Buried [yt] - "Ohlone activist and educator Corinna Gould talks about the destruction of sacred sites, with a focus on the shellmounds in the San Francisco Bay Area of California."

Wampum (yt) - "Ohlone Anthony Sul discusses the power of the almighty dollar, how it influences our lives in almost every way, and how concepts like money, consumerism and profit-at-all-costs run counter to the Native American belief system."

Tongues (yt) - "An exploration on the cultural, historical and educational significance of Native language preservation."

Rez Babies (yt) - "A harshly comedic glimpse of rez life, from the point of view of two babies, Scar and Tattoo, as they try to make it through a normal day with their health and dignity intact."

Anthem [yt] - "A re-interpretation of our national anthem, featuring the voice of 18-year-old Braunwyn Walsh (Navajo/Diné)."

Turtle Island [yt] - "Three super heroes (the Three Sisters) share their thoughts on the environment and the concept of environmentalism as they protect Turtle Island from an Evil Spirit."

Injunuity (yt) - "What does the future hold for us? Who can we turn to for guidance? How will we be able to navigate the path that lies before us while making sense of the path that lies behind us? In a world increasingly short on real answers, where short term fixes are preferred over long term solutions and greed is championed over compassion, its time we looked to Native wisdom to lead the way. It is time for some Injunuity."
posted by kliuless (4 comments total) 34 users marked this as a favorite
Awesome links! Thank you! Corina Gould spoke at my daughter’s school as a storyteller and left a lasting impression.
posted by The Toad at 9:28 AM on December 3, 2017

Fantastic links, thank you! I'm already planning how I'll use them in one of my classes next semester...
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 11:17 AM on December 3, 2017

Huh! Never heard about the Great Law.

Of course credit for American democracy must spring directly from the thoughts and writings of dead white males. How could it not be so?

posted by BlueHorse at 11:50 AM on December 3, 2017

Thank you for sharing this.
posted by songs_about_rainbows at 4:42 PM on December 3, 2017

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