The Uncomfortable, Unavoidable, Troublesome & Totally Inconvenient Understanding About Indigenous Language, Culture & Identity

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

whitepeopleshellsThe 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

Possible Settler Positioning in Movements of Indigenous Solidarity & Ancestral Recovery

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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?