This might prove interesting being as it is a book written by a former president and touches on an increasingly viral topic.
Haven’t read it but the article speaks to a global narrative – hopefully it will address the issues related to indigenous women in this country, and more relevant than current books being marketed on the subject of matriarchy by would be authorities on the subject.
I’ve cautioned friends and others not to accept at face value a lot of what is presented on the internet as “traditional knowledge” presented by “chiefs”, “medicine persons”, and “elders” – elders and medicine persons I know have zero interest in becoming net celebrities or “sharing” their knowledge for the simple reason they have seen how easily it becomes corrupted in the phenomena of cultural vacuuming… a true wisdom on their part.
I tease an elder I know about that, tell him he is “old school”, he smiles and says yes.
It is an interesting dichotomy as one would like to believe that some manner of sharing would lead to understanding and respect, by and large neither historically or presently has that truly been the case.
Those of our own doing this in a commercial manner have perhaps unwittingly in some instances fueled this very corruption and created a sense of entitlement among their target audience.
When more isn’t forthcoming or dissenting voices take issue they cry foul and resort to talk of rainbow warriors and OUR prophecies they know precious little about.
Native American tarot cards, crystal skulls, gazing into crystal balls and the like are so ridiculous, so anathema, as to be laughable at best, an unwarranted intrusion and corruption of the little we have left as a people.
Matriarchy in it’s purest form is like looking for a needle in a haystack, the best examples can be found among the Six Nations Confederation and the Hopi in my opinion.
Once common among the nations the influence of colonists, of a male dominated social structure, and the Christian doctrine of patriarchy were insidious and led to it’s decline.
Following the landing of the Euro boat people, the power and control they wielded against the nations led to a state of continuous warfare and struggle for survival, warrior societies gained prominence, as time wore on it may have been inevitable all things considered that patriarchy increasingly became the way of it.
Treaties, the boarding schools, and the reservation system re enforced that concept, and so we find ourselves in a situation where the communal standard too often fails to protect women and instead protects the accused through intimidation, silence, and a lack of prosecution.
A sense of “that’s just the way it is” as spoken by a high school aged girl in the video documentary Rape on the Reservation,
I am a total advocate for self determination, but just as we have been influenced by external events and pressures, been accepting of standards of behavior once completely alien to us as a people perhaps too we will be influenced by what has become a global awareness of and campaign for the rights not just of women, but children and all people in general.