"Our progress is the culmination of 50 years of marches, protests and lobbying." I think you meant, 'your progress'. Certainly not my progress, as a full Navajo, and certainly not my mother or grandmother's, who is well over 90 years old and out of your 50 year time-frame. This issue for me is, time and time again, we have one, maybe more native people(s), speaking or writing, for all. This is not, nor is it ever the case. Each group, tribe, nation, person, etc., faces its own destiny, for many reasons. I would be more than pleased, if native people(s) would stop writing and talking about, losing this and that, and begin or continue to be a role model, by practicing your respective cultural ways. By following and practicing 'your way' given to you, you can heal and still remember. There is no walking in 'two-worlds' or 'moving on' about it. If you are unbalanced, heal. Its better than talking and writing words. As a Navajo, I continue to be with and speak with the Holy People, who have been with us since time began. I have not desired to assimilate into other native or non-native cultural practices. They, Holy People, have given me everything, I am them and they are me, simple. Most of all, being a role model, in my opinion, is the best way you can carry on your tradition and cultural ways, materially and non-materially. Then the story can be of some, we read and see here sometimes, of native peoples doing their 'thing'. Being in balance and showing the world, how we really are, at our best and when we practice and not preach about 'our' ways.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 20:32