Our language is like a pearl inside a shell. The shell is like the people that carry the language. If our language is taken away, then that would be like a pearl that is gone. We would be like an empty oyster shell.
Yurranydjil Dhurrkay, Galiwin’ku, North East Arnhem Land
The understanding shared in the quote above spells trouble for spiritual seeking settlers, neo-pagans, and those pursuing ancestral recovery work.
Indigenous knowledge about the living power and presence of Indigenous languages creates visible boundaries that give us insight into what we have lost as individuals from a people, from a place – and how modern equivocating of spiritual practices or cultural re-imagining based in english are missing an integral component to their wholeness, connection, and honesty. Continue reading
A new page has been added to the De-Colonize header that provides more concrete actions for settlers working to engage in decolonization and ancestral recovery.
Check out Six Critical Actions for Healing!
This poster imagines the complex and changing positioning of settlers who may seek balance with Indigenous needs of solidarity and reparative action as well as the growing demands of place-based reconnection and cultural restoration brought about by an authentic ancestral recovery movement. This poster focuses on settlers of european heritage on Turtle Island but could apply to other european settlers across the world.
Some of this poster comes from real-world experiences and observations, and some of it is theoretical. There are certainly other possible outcomes not illustrated here.
What do you think? What are other possible paths and outcomes you envision?
Eurocentric Bipolar Disorder is a deeply ingrained and destructive mindset of whiteness that becomes visible when attitudes of white privilege and settler rights to Indigenous lands are questioned by Indigenous and other non-eurocentric people. Continue reading
This poster was created with the understanding that many people of european heritage might say we believe and honor our ancestors, but often times that belief is really just a concept or superficial wishing. It might sound cool to say in certain circles, but is it really something that is alive inside of us? Continue reading