Native Americans are recasting views of indigenous life
November 23, 2018 6:52 AM   Subscribe

By countering the racist fixations that have plagued stories of Indian culture, they hope to reverse the “invisibility” that many feel.

Stories of indigenous history and culture have been around for generations, in the elegant images made on hide calendars or carved into totem poles. Non-natives, however, barely acknowledge our past or our present, ignoring our lives by focusing on dominant, negative stereotypes.

posted by poffin boffin (6 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
Just wanted to say, I read this earlier today via this post and I thought it was a worthwhile read. I don't have much to say about it (being a white cis guy) but I'm glad to have read it and I hope we do get broader and better Native American representation in our culture.
posted by hippybear at 2:14 PM on November 23, 2018 [1 favorite]

It's so fantastic that Haaland and Davis won seats in the US Congress. (Not the first but it's been a while.)

Many non-native Americans may not realize that many pow-wows across the country are open to the public. They are great opportunities to learn about indian country today, about remarkable values and traditions, to exercise your toe-tapping shoes, and to hear a lot of fun jokes told by the M.C.s. Bring your respect and thoughtful regards and (in most places) feel welcome. (Just don't -point- at anything. Geez!)
posted by Twang at 8:00 AM on November 24, 2018 [2 favorites]

Thank you for this! I've been following Matika Wilbur’s “Project 562" on Facebook and it's wonderful. Both for the photos and the captions/quotations from the subjects.
posted by lazuli at 8:46 AM on November 24, 2018

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