As I don’t share personal or private email I will only share an excerpt from a response I made to an email stating in relation to the previous blog Incongruity that it provided a lot to think about and that my position on “white guilt” was different from what’s commonly seen on the net.
There are a lot of good ndn people on the net speaking and advocating for the right things, but for each such person there is another whose sole concern seems to be engaging in meeting the perceived net expectations.
I’m not into that, I am who I am and that’s a take it or leave proposition it – my concern is for the nations, all of them, that too a take it or leave proposition.
I say all the nations have suffered and struggled in equal measure, that no contest exists as to who has suffered and endured the most, if there were to be then no one can deny it is those nations, the men,women, and children of them who were forced into extinction as no loss can be greater than that.
This is what we are all related means, the recognition of this fact. That a graduated dollar sign or sympathy cannot be placed upon the suffering of any nation above that of any other with the above exception.
Death is real, genocide is real, the loss of land and resources is real, poverty is real, all in equal measure to those who experience it.
I’ve been accused of being hard headed, even “selfish”, when it comes to the position I take related to our ceremonies and traditions but all I need to do in the vast majority of cases is to consider the source of such comments which then places them in perspective.
Most of whom will also speak about genocide, being victims, and the historical struggle to survive while ignoring that survival as a people cannot be separated from keeping our beliefs intact no more than it can the loss of language.
People should also understand that no one nation speaks for all – if one nation chooses to go a certain way when it comes to tradition and ceremonies it does not oblige or set a
standard for any other, nor can it be said in every case to be representative of the nations at large.
Getting the most air time or posting the most videos plays for the most part to a non indigenous audience – an audience that doesn’t live on the rez or in our urban communities, and when you get down to it doesn’t actually know anything of our experience on a personal level.
Taking that into consideration my personal belief is that they have zero relevant input when it comes to the matter of promotion related to “sharing” or marketing as favoring it.
Tribal beliefs while sharing a commonality are as diverse as are the nations, so I ask how is there a one size fits all? Consider too the existing diversity between our nations and those of other ethnic groups – what can be incorporated without compromise or setting one aspect aside for another?
For those who speak in such a way as to say yes we support the concern and efforts of indigenous people to maintain the integrity of their culture and traditions are worthy of respect and appreciation, the opposite is not……should any doubt linger I’ll take this opportunity to say I have zero respect for anyone of any ethnicity who markets, abuses, or otherwise corrupts any aspect of any nations traditional customs and beliefs whether in this hemisphere or elsewhere regardless of who they think they are or any title they may have or believe they carry.
In saying so no doubt a few feathers will be ruffled, if so I say they are faux feathers at best.