Tags: indigenous peoples

Thought this was a nice story

Tradition Counts More Than Beauty at a Pageant (source)

Published: December 1, 2008

JAYUYA, P.R. — The seven girls posed, preened and smiled with all the energy of Miss Universe contestants, but this was no ordinary pageant.

The competitors, from about 6-years-old to 16, had just paraded through a downpour to a small stage surrounded by mountains, where they displayed elaborate outfits handmade from wood, plants or, in one case, jingling shells. And the judges also sought a special kind of beauty: those who most resembled Puerto Rico’s native Indian tribe, the Taíno, received higher marks.

“It’s different,” said Félix González, president of the National Indigenous Festival of Jayuya, of which the pageant is a part. “It’s not white culture and blue eyes; it says that the part of our blood that comes from indigenous culture is just as important.”
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redheads vs racism

A (mostly) happy ending

Racism storm as store bans 'coloureds'

Licensee directs staff to stop groups of 'coloureds' entering NSW Liquor Stax store

In brief: liquor store manager writes memo banning Aboriginal Australians; one employee resigns in disgust; other employees discuss memo at meeting, and new policy is dropped; memo leaked to press; manager formally apologises. (Although - of course - he's not a racist!)

ETA: Land council boss condemns ban of "coloureds" from NSW liquor store

Wankery in Courses

I'm taking a certificate program in International Community Development and the current unit of Faith Based Organizations has me bubbling with lots of unpleasant things to say. I am supposed to be posting my assignment by tonight on the intro readings about FBOs and decided to read other students who have posted already. I have never seen such denial of missonary racism and it infuriates me. Quoting a book by David Stoesz, one student wrote:

It was refreshing to read Stoesz’s assessment of the positive impacts of faith-based missions.  According to Stoesz, much of the exploitation of indigenous peoples has been at the hands of explorers, not missionaries.  Stoesz goes further to say that missionaries were often defenders of the indigenous people - “(that missionaries) identified with the dreams and aspirations of the indigenous peoples and allied with them to prevent exploitation, whether social, political, or economic….”

Where do I even begin? This unit is clearly geared toward making FBOs look better, and I just refuse to follow along with it. Right now, I can't think of anything particularly scholarly to say - I'm just overwhelmed and thinking OMFGBBQ.

Does anyone have links onhand that I can quote, from an indigenous person's perspective regarding FBOs and missionaries? I have some unread recommended books at home, but I have to find something online to quote easily for my assignment.


from vivianstcloud

i think this might just be an example of cultural appropriation, among other things.

A man who long held himself out to be Indian has admitted to fraud and identity theft charges in South Dakota.

Charles Roger Leo Adams Jr., who also went by the names Charlie Smoke and Leo Wolfslayer, admitted to falsifying documents in order to receive assistance from an Indian housing program. He admitted to falsely claiming to be Indian in order to receive free Indian Health Service care for himself and his family.

Adams was recently deported from Canada for not providing documents on his status. He claimed that he was entitled to stay there because he claimed he was Mohawk and Lakota.

He ended up going to the Pine Ridge Reservation, where a tribal judge later determined he was falsifying his identity. He was turned over to face state and federal charges.


The New World

Has anyone see The New World?

I was wondering if it was worth the time to watch, or if it was just a lot of garbage. I don't know much about the story of john smith and pochohantas, but i'm inclined to think its not very accruate, well the common story? Is it a good presentation of the story behind Jamestown with a typical hollywood romance thrown in or is it highly offensive/ignorant/etc.?

andrea smith.

Indian communities are flooded with people who want to know more about them—New Agers looking for quick spiritual enlightenment, anthropologists eager to capture "an authentic culture thought to be rapidly and inevitably disappearing,"2 and Christians eager to engage in interreligious dialogue. How one evaluates these attempts to understand and "know" Indians involves in large part how one analyzes the primary causes of the oppression of Native peoples. Many people—Native and non-Native alike—believe that the primary problem Native peoples face from the dominant society is ignorance. That is, non-Indians oppress Indians because they are ignorant about Native cultures. By this reasoning, if only non-Indians knew more about Indians, they would be nicer to them. Thus, even if attempts to "know" more about Indians are problematic, we can assume that at least these attempts are a step in the right direction.

Without wanting to fashion too simplistic a dualism, I suggest that the primary reason for the continuing genocide of Native peoples has less to do with ignorance and more to do with material conditions.. . If we frame Native genocide from a materialist perspective, then we have to rethink our analysis of non-Native ignorance about Native cultures. This ignorance becomes a willful ignorance in which non-Natives tend to selectively and opportunistically draw knowledge about what they think is Indian, largely because it is in their economic interest to do so. To authentically understand and represent Native peoples would demand, first of all, a reappraisal of non-Native, colonialistic attitudes of entitlement to indigenous lands. Without such a reappraisal, most efforts to "know" Indians will be necessarily less than benevolent in their intent and in their effects.

Spiritual Appropriation As Sexual Violence -Andrea Smith

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When I do watch TV, I tend to just kind of flip channels until I stop wanting to claw my eyes out (it usually ends up being Letterman or something). Last night, I stopped on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, as I'm known to do from time to time for cheap laughs. I managed to tune in just in time to hear an American Indian man explain that just because he had embraced Jesus, that didn't mean he had to turn his back on his "sin stained" past/culture.

One of my biggest pet peeves is people who find themselves wrapped up in ironic religous affiliations. Like American Indians and Evangelical Christianity. Anyone of color and Mormonism. You get the idea. I just wanna reach out and smack some sense into them; the Native people for seemingly forgetting that a large reason that so many of their ancestors were obliterated so quickly was those same Evangelicals and their Manifest Destiny...people of color in the Mormon church for failing to read their faith specific scipture, notably the part where they explain dark skin as punishment for sins against God.

Am I the only one?