It may have taken me a while but one thing I’ve learned is that divisiveness among those
sharing a common goal is an unnecessary hindrance-understood that consensus is difficult
but creating chasms over minutia or talking points serves only the issues to be overcome.
For all the new agey feel good talk and revisionism of this present time Tribalism has been and remains to a degree a reality-granted alliances were formed in the past, but they were in most part the result of a shared enemy and were not all encompassing.
The nations raided, fought, abducted, and plundered among each other often to the point
of evicting nations from their homeland-territorial disputes based largely on a sense of
ownership and resources were not uncommon. This before, and into the period of foreign
Some of these traditional animosities led to those of a nation(s) joining forces with
the British, the French, the Spanish, and even the U.S. military. Ones such as these were
to become known as hang around the forts and it is a phenomena that exists to this day.
I think it no less a hanging around the fort to use the media or the internet to promote
oneself as the epitome of what it is to be a member of the one of the nations, while at the
same time utilizing it as a vehicle for personal enrichment.
I see no unified service doing a voice over for a Disney film that promotes the formulaic
story line of the indigenous beauty being captivated by the white invader, or in the role
of a Dine’ medicine man playing with snakes when snakes are consider unwholesome by the Dine’. I see no attempt at unity in running on an elective ticket with a pornographer, or the stone cold silence in losing one’s tongue when women and children are sexually and physically assaulted-much less when justice has been dealt for one such as Annie Mae.
How is that any who claim so vehemently to despise the concept of greed ,money and ownership pursue it so relentlessly? How is that any who claim to be the voice of a people have such an aversion to sharing the podium, to sharing the prime cut they have taken, or to give equal time to differing opinions?
It is human nature to look to one’s own, and understandable in that context, for it is there
the blood lays, but it is not enough to say we are all related and leave it at that. Tribalism
exists, and for real unity to be a reality it must be overcome-if only as a matter of survival.
Perhaps the greatest example of tribalism is when it is a singular event originating from
an individual or a small cadre who place themselves and the quest for comfort, security, and celebrity above all others.
Be proud of your nation, but be equally proud of all the nations and know that it is unity
and alliances that serve in taking the high ground.