Hinikaragiwi, Good discussion here and good points Jennings5089. Now, if only we can strip our pyschological identity of the word, "Indian." To take on master's identity for us is truly a colonized mind. My relations call ourselves Ho-Chunk, at least those that do not use the misnomer (another of master's names for us) Winnebago, but even more relevant is our term for human being or two-legged, "Wank-Shik." I like the term "Wank-Shik" because it tells the story that we have always had a sacred word to describe our relationship in the universe, which to me means we have an equal right to be here, not a superior right. "Wank-Shik" expresses the ideal that we are part of the creation. The term "Indian" is used among our people today like the "N" word is used among the Sep-ga or Black Man, as used in our Ho-Chunk language. This is a clear expression of the failure of education system, in my mind. I remember asking an old professor why higher learning institutions use the term "Indian" in there classes knowing it is a misnomer, which in my mind should devalue the education being offered at that institution and who knows question their accreditation. The professor's response to me was, "but do you know what it would cost to change the word, "Indian" in all these documents?" -- so says the oppressor or master. It costs to much to refer to me as a Wank-Shik or Ho-Chunk.
Friday, March 23, 2012 - 19:10