I would agree with Nokomis' comment - "too many Natives have become colonized and have forgotten their own ceremonies and rituals." I remember a reference from Vine Deloria: "The push for education in the last generation has done more to erode the sense of Indian identity than any integration program the government previously attempted. The irony of the situation is that Indians truly believed that by seeking a better life for their children through education, much could be accomplished. College and graduate education, however, have now created a generation of technicians and professionals who happen to have Indian blood. People want the the good life and they are prepared to throw away their past in order to get it." (this quote is from Deloria's book, RED EARTH, WHITE LIES). It is my opinion that many young Native people today are probably more interested in the upcoming iPhone or other technological advances of Western culture. Within this context, discussions of Papal edicts and the United Nations recede when compared with the technological onslaught of the 21st Century. How can Native peoples gain greater levels of education, move to and live in urban areas, and still maintain a connection with kin and traditions? From my outsider's point of view, this may be one of the critical issues of Indian Country along with the continuing problems created by poverty.
Monday, October 22, 2012 - 17:33