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[2020-09-07 Mon 14:34]

Jess Mahler just released her writing, “What is Judaism: It is a Tribe” which I was fortunate enough to get to read in advance. I really liked reading it, and now that it’s out, I’ll release a paraphrase of a note I shared with her at the time:

I tend to be looser in my use of “indigenous” than many people, because I have come to believe that everyone is “indigenous” to something, it’s just that few people are “indigenous to a place” the way Indigenous peoples are. (That lack of indigeneity to place is why sometimes I’ll refer to myself as Native and not Indigenous, or the exact opposite when I’m talking about myself as the steward of my immediate land.)

I’ve said that kyriarchists are indigenous to the kyriarchy - another way of phrasing this that’s used by Euro-leftists is saying they’re domesticated to capital. (I forget the name of the author who really dove in to this, but perhaps you know already.)

I wonder if, with this lens, there is something Jewish folk are indigenous to. Would it be diaspora? That is my inclination, but I’m from Outside. It might explain the severity of tension between those Jewish folk who live with diaspora and Zionists, the same way there are severe tensions between Natives who have chosen to move away being indigenous to a place while remaining close to the Native identity.

Since it comes up, I want to express gratitude to the text “Braiding Sweetgrass” for introducing me to the language of “indigenous to place.”