New post I've been meaning to write for years. I use the phrase "consenting to learn in public" a lot on the blog, but what does that actually mean and what does that entail? http://nativeappropriations.com/…/on-consenting-to-learn-in…
New Post! "It started with a tweet. A simple linguistic shift put forward by Damien Lee (@damienlee). Moving from saying “…in what is now Canada,” to, “…in what is currently Canada,” in order to “open possibilities for imagining futurities beyond the settler state.”...Enter Wakanda."
New Post! Breaking down the final scene in the last Game of Thrones episode.
After a long hiatus (hi!), a quick post about Valentino, Christi Belcourt, and a sacred headdress on a shoebox: http://nativeappropriations.com/…/valentino-didnt-learn-any…
New Post! One of my awesome students, Liza Yeager, interviewed Ryan McMahon of Indian and Cowboy about Indigenous podcasting, storytelling, and more. It's a beautiful interview.
Quick post about the Another Round episode today! http://nativeappropriations.com/…/buzzfeeds-another-round-a…
I was honored and grateful to be interviewed about Standing Rock and #NoDAPL last week by Heben for Buzzfeed's Another Round podcast. They also have footage from folks on the ground, and we play a game that I'm awful at involving Pilgrim names. https://www.acast.com/…/episode72-waterprotectorsandfearall…
I just got back from a second trip to Standing Rock, and am still processing the trip and have plenty more to say. But today, I wanted to write a letter to my new little niece, who gives me hope.
Hi All, I know things have been quiet around here, but I have a new post with tons of resources about the Dakota Access Pipeline up on the blog! #NoDAPL (I also have been tweeting a ton about the issue: https://twitter.com/NativeApprops)
New post! Where are the Natives in Hamilton?
Natives peoples were a huge point of discussion, contention, concern, admiration, emulation, disgust, and more during this time period. Native representational democracies were also large part of the conversation in trying to build the new system of government, and the founding fathers depicted had deep relationships (good and bad) with Native communities...so where are the Native representations in the play?
I know things have been quiet around here, but if you want to keep up with what's going on in the world of Native representations, I'm starting a newsletter! It'll go out every other week, with lots of news, designer profiles, gifs, music, #positiverepresentations, and more. Subscribe here, first letter will go out next week! I promise it will be fun and informative, and not spammy! https://tinyletter.com/NativeApprops
Honored to be interviewed for the awesome NextGen Native Podcast! Definitely check out the previous episodes as well, Dennis has profiled an amazing group of Native folks (and many of my friends). #positiverepresentations
I also have this ongoing petition of Native peoples against the Redsk*ns, please sign if you agree!
Today the Washington Post released a new poll that says 90% of Native Americans don't find the Washington Redsk*ns offensive. I had some thoughts about it: http://nativeappropriations.com/…/wapos-new-redskns-survey.…
There have been a lot of similar incidents swirling in this election cycle, so I thought this piece from last year would be worth re-sharing.
When you're invisible, every representation matters: Political Edition:
"I want you to picture a meeting between one of these candidates and a leader of a Native community. The Native leader is entering the meeting expecting to be treated as the leader of a sovereign nation with a government-to-government relationship with the US, but ...the President/Senator is instead picturing a wild-eyed savage war whooping through the plains, or in the case of Marco Rubio, not picturing that they or their Native nation continue to exist at all...Our leaders and lawmakers in the US government are socialized in the same America that we all are–the one that teaches little to no actual Native history in schools, that erases the existence of contemporary Native peoples, that still thinks its ok to dress up like an “Indian” for whatever occasion, that still makes movies like Adam Sandler’s Ridiculous Six, that still has Native peoples as mascots in the capital of the United States."
FSU passes resolution to ban headdresses at games, since they have absolutely nothing to do with the Seminole, who the mascot is named after. Hopefully the "tomahawk chop" is next, and/or the practice of physically painting a student brown/red to play Osceola...But good progress nonetheless! (Yes, I know the Seminole Tribe of FL allows the use of the mascot. It doesn't make these practices around the mascot any less racist.)
Post from the archives for all the amazing, beautiful Native students who just put in their deposits for college this fall. Sending you love and congratulations!