The reality is people have to stop placing undue expectations on us-they have to realize that the nations are comprised first and foremost of people-individuals with individual characteristics-some good, some bad, just as it is with any people.
Their apparent unwillingness to do so creates an untenable burden and gives rise to new age appropriation that “spiritualizes” every aspect of the nations-it is not true. You might recall AIM made a lot of noise about their spiritual base during WK2 and beyond-the same spiritual base that was involved in the murder of Annie Mae.
Blind allegiance to one’s such as Graham, or Peltier for that matter, based on the fact they are indigenous and therefore must be spiritually oriented in some way is not only myopic but also manipulated as they couch their lives in terms of being spiritual beings. You’re being played with all that.
There was no uniform code of beliefs that encompassed every nation, there were as many variances as they were and are language. The status of women varied as well and even in the best of circumstances their’s was not an easy life and many heavy burdens fell to them-those burdens have increased due to a variety of factors, and once the grand rhetoric is set aside I
fail to see an improvement in status.
The general public will rail about the selling of religion and beliefs as with the case of “dispensations” in the Catholic Church, or the snake oil of televangelists who are little more than carnival barkers in the selling of their wares for “love offerings”.
Yet this same public will flock in droves to so called medicine men, “shamen”, professed pipecarriers, wannabe chiefs of dubious heritage, and faux tribes who paint themselves in the colors of the rainbow and believe they in turn are spiritualized by doing so-and it becomes yet another stone laid upon the nations they must carry.
It leads to the corruption of tradition and the total meltdown of culture. If the nations will rail against the the Catholic church and televangelist then they must in turn confront and rail against their counterparts among their own-they are apostates in their own right who seek only profit and notoriety.
Apply the same formula to these plastic shamen as you would to any who sell the most sacred of things among their people, among your own, and understand it has never been the way of the nations to pimp their people or their beliefs-any who do define themselves for what they are and in another time would have been summarily banned.
There are no degrees of enlightenment among the nations-no seven levels of achievement-this isn’t martial arts with various colored belts bestowed
along the way-no Ankh’s, crucifixes, mojo, or merit badges.
Perhaps when this is understood and accepted then the unrealistic expectations can be removed from the nations, the way back to tradition can be found and women can find their rightful place again.