This is a heartbreaking video that speaks to a belief many of our people share, that our spirits don’t understand English.
If that is true it demonstrates the ridiculous nature of corrupting and commercializing them for the non indigenous, and makes me mad as hell that any would even attempt to do so, something I have zero tolerance for – but even if they do then wouldn’t it be more respectful in their eyes to address them in their own language?
The importance of maintaining our language cannot be stressed enough – as the language goes so does everything else.
I don’t like watching this video for the emotions it generates, yet I do as those emotions are valid and I will not allow myself to forget a single thing.
There are people in this home, the surrounding area, who underwent the boarding school experience that still carry the emotional and physical scars, and so I too say never again and mean exactly that.
I won’t actively carry a grudge or spread the white guilt blanket in such a manner as to encompass all, but also won’t hesitate to assign blame to whoever it belongs to regardless of ethnicity or position, especially inclusive of those who would culturally vacuum up what strikes their fancy, and any who facilitate that like Crow Dog, Banks, or the rest of those poverty and culture pimps.
“For that white man it’s a terrible thing to be treating people like this”…..Andrew Windyboy
The above is a comment I made just today in another blog, the video is a haunting one, an indictment against everything that is wrong and been directed at the nations.
It was understood by those who implemented the boarding schools that if you destroy a language additional losses occur, and the most effective demographic to begin with were children.
Grandfather is a man of great inner strength, yet I have seen his eyes well up with tears should this topic arise or he speaks to it in being a survivor of the boarding schools.
I have a sense of helplessness and anger when he does in seeing he suffers a wound that has not healed and there is little to be done about it – I can think of nothing I’ve experienced more unsettling than this helpless anger.
And yes, survivor is the only word that comes anywhere near describing those who were stolen from their families and interned as children.
Gulags for children, the least capable of defending themselves to be beaten, shorn like sheep, sexually abused, and even murdered.
Loving and respecting grandfather as we do his pain at such a remembrance becomes a shared pain, it is a generational one, if not physical then emotional, a pain felt by all and lacking any vestige of humanity, equality, justice, or morality.
Governmental “apologies” in the midst of an ongoing oppression don’t cut it.
Throwing some penance or shut up money our way doesn’t either.
Should we as nations, as individuals, forgive and forget? I know there are those who would like it that way, but in view of our current situation my response is an empathic no.
I believe that to be a consensus opinion.