We need to dig up our culture and learn more of our culture and traditional practices. Now is the task to document what our Elders know, preserve this knowledge and pass it down our generations. Our knowledge of ancient practices needs to be both WIDE and DEEP. Then it won't affect us when others steal a bit of our culture. The East Indians don't complain when a White man teaches yoga and I don't see the Chinese complaining when a White academy awards black belts in kung fu. Because their cultures are so wide and deep that it would be impossible for an outsider to steal them all. I wish we were the same way and we would have been that way if we still had knowledge/practices that were both wide and deep. The fact that "cultural appropriation" affects us so much indicates to me that we have lost almost everything and are desperately hanging on to the little that remains. But we can still overcome this. We can consciously learn more of our culture and traditional practices. Attendance at language programs barely hovers over 4 to 6 individuals in a tribe of thousands. Let's all learn our language. Let's document everything our Elders know and preserve this knowledge so we can pass it down our generations. Let's stop acting American, living American, being American. Let's learn all we can about plants and animals. Let's stop with the sole-focus on the generic powwows because it's eating into our other practices. Tribal benefits should be made contingent on learning our culture and language. Our knowledge of ancient practices needs to be both WIDE and DEEP. Then it won't affect us when others steal a bit of our culture.
Friday, July 29, 2011 - 07:03