DeMystifying the Native Americans

Demystifyin Natives

 

Why hello, it’s that time of year once again. A time where we say happy thanksgiving to each other and tell each other how thankful we are. … Can we do that on a regular basis and not just on this one day. Are we not thankful every day for what we have, who we love and what blessings we have experienced?

This holiday is so embarrassing.

If this feast was the only thing the American government could come up with to bring some kind of cheerful note to the starting of the nation with the Indian situation, well.. it makes sense. The rest of the history of the Native relations and the American Governments are horrible! Can we say crusaders? Can we say the Inquistion?! Geez – humans

“If Aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans…”

  • Steven Hawkings

Happy Thankstaking! As this is what it really means.

National Day of Mourning Stone

This stone is at Plymouth Rock, as a reminder of the mass atrocities that have fallen on the Native peoples of Turtle Island before this was re-claimed as “The United States of America.”

“Our nation was born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race. Even before there were large numbers of Negroes on our shore, the scar of racial hatred had already disfigured colonial society. From the sixteenth century forward, blood flowed in battles over racial supremacy. We are perhaps the only nation which tried as a matter of national policy to wipe out its indigenous population. Moreover, we elevated that tragic experience into a noble crusade. Indeed, even today we have not permitted ourselves to reject or feel remorse for this shameful episode. Our literature, our films, our drama, our folklore all exalt it. Our children are still taught to respect the violence which reduced a red-skinned people of an earlier culture into a few fragmented groups herded into impoverished reservations.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

 

The reason behind “Demystifying Native Americans,” is that as a Native person growing up in this modern world ruled by the European classes. I have always felt that as a society, people just don’t know anything about Native Americans. That it seems to just be grouped into the “Oh, they don’t really exist anymore.” Such as Dragons and Unicorns. They are revered for their mystery and style, but not for what they really are. Everyone wants to be one as a child and or for Halloween. But hey! Being a Native American is not a Costume!!! How would it look if you dressed as any other race? It’s almost as America has a deaf ear when it comes down to Native American education. Learning the reality would make you feel –somewhat less American…where’s that American pride..?

on a lighter note:

1491s are sooo funny. Natives doing comedy…

And no, Native Americans are not rich because they have casinos! Argh, I can go on and on about that. But that is for another day.

And from the Daily Show earlier this year…

The point is, please people educated yourselves before forming solid opinions. Just like anything, have an open mind and be willing to see all sides of a story before eating the beliefs people feed you. (ie..your elmentary school! )

Here’s a brief and funny take on that by MTV shot this year.

I mean, what would they actually teach you in school?

….”Well you see, life is conquer all and everything possible, then spread your beliefs! This is the story of our great country and it’s forefathers…

“If it be the design of Providence to exterminate these savages in order to make room for cultivators of earth. It seems not possible that rums may be the appointed means.” – Benjamin Franklin

and so on..

“The immediate objectives are the total destruction and devastation of their settlements and the capture of as many prisoners of every age and sex as possible. It will be essential to ruin their crops in the ground and prevent their planting more.”  –        George Washington

On a closing notation.

Can we all just be kind and listen and hold your opinions and tongues. I hope to one day see an end to the ugly side of humanity. Until then I will be in my artworld.

Signing off,

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Thanksgiving THE NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING

Thanksgiving / Thanks taking. What are we really celebrating?

Blue Rose

Ok. Here we again on this festive day, every year this occurs. Every year families gather to enjoy each other’s company. I really enjoy the fact that people make a point to get together, I just wish it wasn’t on the day of “Thanksgiving.” The word in itself meant to be so thankful to the Lord for having achieved victory over the Heathen Savages (Natives) and having completely eradicated them from the land. I think there needs to be a time in our country where we all take the real history seriously and get over being a Super American refusing to believe the pioneers of this country did great wrong and lead this nation in believing lies & myths. There needs to be a real honoring of the ancestors of this land. A little acknowledgement would go a long way in the healing of the great wounds.

Here is a video by the late Russel Means a Native American Activist who led the American Indian Movement’s  “Wounded Knee Standoff “ in South Dakota at the Pine Ridge Reservation, in order to reopen negotiations with the Government on broken treaties ( More info here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wounded_Knee_incident )… in which Marlon Brando refused to pick up his Oscar Award, and had Native Sacheen Littlefeather to pick it up for him to draw attention to this stand-off.

Here is Russell Means take on this holiday… Thanks taking video

This day is a day of mourning for Native Americans to remember their ancestors who were massacred. On this day “Squanto” and his tribe enjoyed food with the Pilgrims after he had taught them how to grow food and survive. But before this, as a child ‘Squanto’ was sold as a slave to Spain. ( Native Americans were taken from this country and sold as slaves.) He made his way to England and later learned their language in order for him to find his way back home at Cape Cod. He arrived to his Village to find that his whole family and tribe had vanished from disease and were killed.

Now, this is when the pilgrims arrived and the story began. After this day of sharing food, the Indians where systematically killed. And the word THANKSGIVING was used to symbolism the Pilgrims thankfulness for having killed the heathen savages. And the pilgrims would celebrate their victories by sharing food and thanking the lord. They used this day so much, George Washington decided there should only be one day they should celebrate this day. And eventually Abraham Lincoln declared it a National Holiday that we celebrate today.

I know that we are brought up around this tradition with little thought of what it actually means. As a child you just associate this holiday to gatherings with your family and enjoying wonderful food that was cooked by your Grandma and your Mom. It was a nice calm time to spend with the family.

We are not taught the truth, it is up to us to learn and grow from what is out there. What resonates with you, where you take that and what it means. To me, it is quite meaningful I can not celebrate this holiday. I am Chumash and Apache and I want to honor my ancestry not ignore it. The time is now, my family has felt shame from it and I can not speak for them. But I speak for myself as Native living in this crazy yet exciting time in the world. I have hope that their will be an enlightenment in my lifetime. This day is just to sad, and I consider it a day of Mourning. I’ve have decided to take an incredibly out there work shift from 8pm – 6 am. I write this post, and I send love and peace to the Natives forgotten.

Plymouth Rock mourning Stone.National Day of Mourning Stone

More on Thanksgiving by Native Americans of today.

http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/11/20/do-american-indians-celebrate-thanksgiving-145880