The traditional systems of mutual support that undergird many Indigenous Central and North American cultures have formed a safety net during a very dark time in New York City’s history.
This is an amazing series of photographs and piece of journalism. I, and many Indigenous peers, have been dismissed as “racial supremacists” in the past for our belief that it is Indigenous cultures that are capable of surviving, not kyriarchists.
It’s difficult to tolerate such hateful misrepresentation, but made easier by two things: an understanding that the kyriarchists’ whole worldview is a misrepresentation; their view of me is nothing personal. And, regardless of what the kyriachists think or how they act, it doesn’t change that it is Indigenous ways of living that are bringing human people into each new day, far safer than the kyriarchists ever have.
I was asked two questions, from different folk, that have ended up tying together:
- “Would you please define ‘indigenous,’ as you use it?”
- “Is it really fair for you to keep referring to colonial society as though it’s not your society?”
But first I’d like to thank everyone who has been reading this newsletter so far, and has offered feedback. I especially appreciate y’all bothering to read because, so far, I haven’t taken tremendous pains to edit what I’ve been posting, and that ability to write fairly spontaneously has really helped this feel like communication, not broadcasting.