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{ LINK: MALCS 2011 Los Angeles Call for Papers at Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social }

genderqueerdukeofmexico:

lalilster:

Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social
Summer Institute
California State University, Los Angeles
August 3-7, 2011

Against Fear and Terror:  Una Nueva Conciencia Sin Fronteras

MALCS is a “national organization of Chicanas/Latinas and Native American women working in academia and in community settings with a common goal: to work toward the support, education and dissemination of Chicana/Latina and Native American women’s issues.”  The theme this year aims to foreground the academic and activist endeavors contesting the current framing of citizenship and belonging through binaries such as immigrant/non-immigrant that ignore lived relationship, histories and transformative practices in rights-based struggles.

In the past decade, our communities have confronted multiple forms of boundary making processes, greater surveillance, policing and restrictionist policies. In many ways, these developments ignore longstanding economic and cultural relationships and emphasize conflict, fear and exclusion.   The erasure of our histories, the denial of our rights and even the criminalization of our right to livelihood, rights to education and rights to family life, in all its diverse formations, push academics and activists to explore these processes as they manifest in institutions, communities and neighborhoods within and outside the state, within our very bodies.

We are interested in how our work negotiates –through our diverse locations of class, sexuality, nation and generation, our stories, music, poetry, visual art and foodways, etc. –the negative portrayals and marginalization of our communities to (re)affirm our humanity and our rights.   We seek a variety of work that explores the pursuit of a socially just and inclusive society beyond borders:  ”Against Fear and Terror: Una Nueva Conciencia Sin Fronteras.”

Suggested Topics May Include

  • 2001 Patriot Act/Homeland Security
  • Unprecedented Detention and deportation
  • AZ SB1070  and racialization, illegality
  • Chicana/Latina/Native American women’s resistance and activism
  • Social Justice/Popular Movements/Poder Popular
  • civil disobedience, popular democracy
  • DREAMERs, 2006 Marches
  • budget cuts, neoliberalism
  • reproductive justice, the right to marry/love

The 2011 MALCS Site Committee at the California State University, Los Angeles invites academics, educators, students, professionals, activists, “artivists,” and community members of all disciplines and fields of interest in Chicana, Latina and Native American/Indigenous Women’s Studies to submit proposals for individual papers,  panel sessions, roundtables, workshops, performances, conversations or alternative formats. Proposals are to be submitted electronically by May 15, 2011. All abstracts and panel proposals should contain title of paper, affiliation, email and street addresses, and contact number. Participants may submit proposals electronically by May 15, 2011 to:  malcscsula2011@gmail.com.

Download this notice in MSDoc format or in PDF format


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custerdiedforyoursins:

anglophonic:

Request for information:

I need to find a lawyer (or law firm) in the San Francisco Bay Area which specializes in pro-bono (or sliding scale) legal defense for underrepresented minorities at large, and specifically for Native Americans.

I know how to find legal aid for homeless and disabled people, but I am not familiar (at all) with all resources which may be available to Native Americans.  I have a friend in need and I could really use some help.  It’s kind of a 911.

Sincerely,

Erik

IF ANYONE CAN HELP, PLEASE DO!

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{ Don’t try to intellectualize my experiences. }

jemimaaslana:

creatrixtiara:

lakalenyu:

custerdiedforyoursins:

I don’t care if you wrote an essay on this or read a book about that. Don’t try to relate to me because you “have experience” from reading about it or studying it in school. I’m saying this as a Native American. Everyone thinks they know all about everything I’ve been through because they know some “obscure” Native event. Or they read a book by a Native author. Or they took an American History course in college. Or they can prattle off some dates and events.

I don’t give a shit. Fuck off.

Oh hey. 600th post.

I’ve had people try to justify their cultural appropriation to me by saying “I TOOK ANCIENT HISTORY IN UNIVERSITY!”

…yeah -_-

Oh but aren’t you just thrilled to know that the culture you’re living right the hell now is ancient history and doesn’t actually exist in the present-day version of the world?

/sarcasm

What those people said to you… I think it qualifies as some of the most ridiculously clueless shit I’ve ever heard said.

{ CALL TO ACTION: Demonstration to Demand Respect for Ohlone Burial & Village Site in Santa Cruz }

email i got from savetheknoll.org:

Save the Knoll - Protect Ohlone Sacred Places
Demonstration THIS SUNDAY, August 14th 
Meet 12:30pm at Pacific Ave & Laurel St (Santa Cruz)We will march through downtown, arriving at Grant Street Park by 2:00 for a gathering.
Recently, skeletal remains of a young Native American child were unearthed during initial site work at the KB Home development on Market Street. KB Home is attempting to build homes, driveways and a road on top of a 6,000 year old Ohlone village and burial site. 
Ann Marie Sayers, an Ohlone woman designated to oversee the site, has requested that there be no more earth movement or development in the documented culturally sensitive area, known as the Knoll. We are gathering to demand that KB Home and the City of Santa Cruz honor Ann Marie Sayer’s request and take action to protect the Knoll. The desecration must stop, before more ancestors are disturbed.
This Sunday, we will meet at Laurel and Pacific at 12:30pm to march through town raising awareness. This march will be followed by a gathering at Grant St. Park at 2:00pm.
No development on the knoll!

For more information:
http://savetheknoll.org

Link to Facebook invitation:
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=218495151534856
from the blog: they also have an Emergency Defense Fund on WePay (link).  and their How To Help page has more to do, if you can (link).
[image: mermaid-l-a-g-o-o-n (long blonde hair, white tank top, light skin) wearing a fake headdress.]
lols08:

mermaid-l-a-g-o-o-n:

being a native american and all

oh my
you can’t just become Native American because you put on a fake/cheap unrealistic headdress
I wear jeans and t-shirts and guess what shoes….it doesn’t mean that I’m all of the sudden Irish, German, British, or any other ethnicity
Not only is the picture offensive but the caption makes it 100 times worse.
Since many people often don’t understand why this is offensive I will briefly explain it. Regardless of much “Native American blood/ancestry” someone has or how many friends from ethnic minorities a person has this still doesn’t make it right.  
Pictures like this reiterate stereotypes (put forth by other cultures and the media) about Native Americans. It is also seen as being a way to mock or make fun of Native American culture and traditional clothing.
Perhaps some people do believe that we are extinct - but that’s a false statement. We are still here surviving and living our lives.  
If you would like to learn more about Native American people or follow some great blogs that are written by Natives then please let me know and I will be more than happy to provide you with the information. If you have any questions, comments, etc you may also contact me through this tumblr. 

reblogging for commentary.
NOTE: seems mermaid-l-a-g-o-o-n deleted this, then re-posted it after submitting it to tanlines (link).

[image: mermaid-l-a-g-o-o-n (long blonde hair, white tank top, light skin) wearing a fake headdress.]

lols08:

mermaid-l-a-g-o-o-n:

being a native american and all

oh my

you can’t just become Native American because you put on a fake/cheap unrealistic headdress

I wear jeans and t-shirts and guess what shoes….it doesn’t mean that I’m all of the sudden Irish, German, British, or any other ethnicity

Not only is the picture offensive but the caption makes it 100 times worse.

Since many people often don’t understand why this is offensive I will briefly explain it. Regardless of much “Native American blood/ancestry” someone has or how many friends from ethnic minorities a person has this still doesn’t make it right.  

Pictures like this reiterate stereotypes (put forth by other cultures and the media) about Native Americans. It is also seen as being a way to mock or make fun of Native American culture and traditional clothing.

Perhaps some people do believe that we are extinct - but that’s a false statement. We are still here surviving and living our lives.  

If you would like to learn more about Native American people or follow some great blogs that are written by Natives then please let me know and I will be more than happy to provide you with the information. If you have any questions, comments, etc you may also contact me through this tumblr. 

reblogging for commentary.

NOTE: seems mermaid-l-a-g-o-o-n deleted this, then re-posted it after submitting it to tanlines (link).

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{ LINK: I'm updating the indigenous tumblrs list. }

custerdiedforyoursins:

If you want to be added message me! Please include your tribe or group’s name in the message. THIS IS NOT LIMITED JUST TO PEOPLE INDIGENOUS TO THE AMERICAS.

Any names with !!! next to them means that the tumblr was deleted or had its name changed. To have it updated, message me with your old and new url. I have a really bad memory and forget your old name almost as soon as I realize you’ve changed it, so don’t count on me to have changed it for you. :)

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{ DO NOT COMPARE NATIVE AMERICANS TO NATURE }

custerdiedforyoursins:

REPEAT: DO NOT COMPARE NATIVE AMERICANS TO NATURE. DO NOT ASSOCIATE US WITH NATURE. DO NOT SAY WE ARE CLOSE TO NATURE. DO NOT SAY WE UNDERSTAND NATURE. DO NOT MAKE ANY FUCKING CLAIM ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS AND NATURE.

That is racist. Equating Native Americans to nature is racist because what you are really saying, cognizant of it or not, is that we are wild beasts. We are animals to you. We aren’t real people, but these in between creatures that ~understand the land around them.

This isn’t some shit I’m making up. Look at old US paintings from the 19th century. When they weren’t posing the Natives with their Indian Peace Medals (look that shit up), they were adding them to landscape paintings. You know why we were put in landscape paintings? BECAUSE WE WERE VIEWED AS A PART OF THE LANDSCAPE BECAUSE WE WEREN’T CONSIDERED PEOPLE.

So when you say that you admire the Natives’ view of nature (besides perpetuating a Native mono-culture which doesn’t exist), or when you claim that you are a Native because you understand plants and shit, YOU ARE A LYING SACK OF RACIST SHIT.

{ LINK: Native Appropriations: Urban Outfitters is Obsessed with Navajos }

nattycattynat:

tigressunlimited:

custerdiedforyoursins:

tzoc-che:

yourmommakesthebestfrybread:

The Navajo Nation even sent a cease and desist letter to Urban Outfitters. They have their tribal name trademarked so they have the legal rights over it and Urban Outfitters is violating the trademarks. It’s honestly sad to see this happen because no one should have to trademark their name just so they’re not disrespected every second. Do you think other tribes should trademark their name?

Yes! If other tribes joined that would send a message to all designers/clothing companies who frequently steal ideas/textiles/patternsfrom native tribes! Good for the Navajo Nation. We should all follow their example.

I agree. To avoid their name being thrown on every half-assed t-shirt with triangles and zig-zags on it, some tribes would have to. For some smaller tribes, I think it would be a good idea as well. I know the name Paiute is used on a bunch of golf courses and shit. It doesn’t sit well with me that my people’s name is being used on a ridiculously expensive hobby for old white men that very probably would exclude any actual Paiute from joining.

Reblogging because this is important to read.

It’s really sad though when cultures have to TRADEMARK their name to avoid appropriation. Great idea, but very upsetting that it’s come to this.

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{ Cultural Appropriation - Comments Made }

svnoyi:

updowncontinue:

Okay, I haven’t really said anything much in regards to the original pictures, other than to say that Hipster /= Native American, but this last comment pisses me the fuck out so I want to say something.  To know where this comes, I just want to say that I’m an artist who sometimes makes Native Steampunk art, partly because I love the aesthetics and ideas behind Steampunk, and partly because of people like you ijustforgot, who like to stick NDNs forever in the past.


ijustforgot
:

To whom this may concern;

Thank you for your opinion. I am well aware that I am not native. I didn’t mean for my costume to appear as though I was Native. I wanted to look as though a 19th century woman had traveled to Canada and had clearly picked up the clothing appearances of a trapper, and been influenced by local inhabitance. The weaponry was modified to appear more technologically advanced (making it accurate to steampunk) then a standard bow and arrow. The feather in the hair is because clearly I have no idea how to dress accordingly. I have admitted to that. OPENLY. Not to mention, apologized for.

I’m sorry but I’m calling bullshit on this backstory on your character.  You didn’t call your set Canadian Trapper Steampunk, you called it Native American Steampunk.  Big, huge, monstrous difference.  Also, if your character was supposed to be a trapper, it would make sense that she would adopt some clothing styles from Natives, because trappers did that a lot, but they would adopt things that would make fucking sense.  They adopted to wearing beaverskins and deerskin because that made sense.  They didn’t start wearing feathers in headbands because that did not make sense.

The thing that really pisses me off (and the only reason for my second explanation for my costume) is the comment about appropriation, as well as the ‘white’ comments.

Are you just including Native American’s to this list of cultures that those of us with ‘white privilege’ are not allowed to emanate? Or is it every culture?

If you what you mean by “emanate” is to appropriate cheaply from cultures not your own and you don’t seem to know much about, then yes, Native American cultures (because there’s more than fucking one) can be added to the list of cultures that people with white privilege cannot emulate.  I don’t know if every culture in existence can be put on that list, because I’m not a person who comes from every damn culture in existence, but mostly the people on the list on who you can’t appropriate from are people who have been oppresed, colonized, and genocided. 

I will have you know, I have worn Kimono’s and Sarees to special events around Toronto. (Both of which I own 2 sets of and are authentic.) I have taken college programs on Japanese culture, history and language studies. I spent much of my childhood growing up with my mother’s friend who lived with us; she was from China. I learned how to speak mandarin, and have photos of me as a child wearing traditional Chinese dress with all of her nieces and nephews. (One tall, chubby, blond haired and blue eyed, white kid amongst 7 Asian children.) In no way had I ever offended anyone for dressing as such.

These things are not worn or studied because I want to appropriate the culture they come from; it was because I was brought up to love everyone no matter what their ethnicity or gender. I have been taught to embrace everyone, including they’re culture. 

That’s a nice story.  How grand that none of the people around you were not offended by some of the things that you did and the clothing you wore.  However, that has nothing to do with what’s going on now, since clearly there are people who are offended by the pictures you took and the things you’ve said, and therefore a completely different situation.  Because if you truly had any respect for NDNs, you would apologize, say wouldn’t do something like this again, and not add any fucking commentary saying that the people you offended shouldn’t be offended by you appropriating.

Isn’t the intent more important than outside opinion?  I know it’s not realistic to expect people to be reasonable about some things. But how is my admiration and love of someone’s culture an insult to anyone? How can you turn my respect for ethnic clothing, something so positive, into something so negative?

For you to say that people with ‘white privilege’ are simply assimilating another’s culture while wearing ethnic clothing, merely on the pretence that they can, is disgusting and degrading to anyone who dresses in ethnic clothing, partakes in other ethnic experiences or wears costumes to represent another’s culture. 

Some people have different opinions on whether people can respectfully adopt from cultures that they didn’t grow up in.  Some people think it’s okay to adopt and adapt from different cultures as long as you’ve done careful research and  respect the culture you’re borrowing from.  Some people think to do so is wrong no matter what.

However, most of us agree that if you appropriate in cheap and disrespectful way, and borrow from stereotypes without really learning about the culture, which is what you did, than that is fucking wrong.  And opinions of the ones who you cheaply appropriate from matter more than intent. 

Because I am human, means nothing to you, but because I am white, means everything.  Would you be making these remarks if I were Hispanic, or African American

If they were appropriating in a way that stereotypes of NDNs, then a some of us would probably say something, though the commentary would be different, since people of the races you mentioned have had very experiences than white people have.  Sometimes they even have shared experiences with us.

If you were to say I have disrespected you by running around in a form of ‘Black Face’ I would understand. In fact if that was the case I probably wouldn’t have had an intelligent thing to say, and would have simply disregarded your comment. But I have not, and am not, and I will not stand for anyone believing that my costume was maid out of racial hate, or a mere simple minded whim.

 An act doesn’t have to be hateful to be racist.  Some of the most fucked up things that happened to the Natives of this land were perpetuated by people who supposedly had good intentions, for example, the Indian Boarding system in America and Canada.  Just because you didn’t make this costume in hate doesn’t make it less of a racist act.

In my opinion to make a judgment on the colour of my skin makes you no better then any white racist. You talk as if the way YOU speak is OK; as if it’s excusable because whites in the past used to commit racism, so let’s just go for an eye for an eye and not evolve.

Oh fuck, not the “it’s racist to point out my racism!” argument.  This really shouldn’t need explaining, so I won’t.

I’ve never oppressed anyone. I have never called anyone a racial slur, and yet you feel it appropriate to label me? You don’t know anything about me. You have taken a photograph and judged me with a stereotype that is outdated. Your comments are made largely upon the oppression placed on Native American’s by white people - done in a time long past. I was born in 1989, not 1889. I am unable to undo this past done to you by the people who settled here.  

Okay, this how I know you don’t know anything about Native Americans.  If you really think that all the bad stuff that happened to NDNs happened 200 years ago, FUCK YOU AND THE SELF-RIGHTEOUS HORSE YOU RODE ON.  Guess what?  There was plenty of fucked up shit white people did after creation of the reservation system.  There’s been plenty of fucked up shit done in modern times.  And there continues to be fucked up shit done still today.  Go read Native American History for Dummies or something because  if you think messed up things done to Natives by white-run governments stopped a hundred years ago then you need to learn that you are wrong.  Quit trying to dance in powwows and read.

This type of racial hate may have been started by white people, but it is carried by those who have been hated upon. The only way to end racism is to learn from it, repair the damage, and move one into a happy existence of equality.

Racism will stop happening when oppressors learn to stop being racist and stop doing racist acts, and not just when the oppressed tell them to stop doing something racist things.  Racism will end when the world no longer have entire systems built on racism.  We certainly don’t live in that world right now, but one of the first steps is that when white people appropriate from oppressed cultures and people who come from oppressed cultures tells them to stop, they stop doing it and don’t add fucking commentary about it.

Okay I’m done, if I’ve said something I shouldn’t have please someone correct me.

Basically, everything else I was thinking and feeling but was too flabbergasted to manage.

^^^^^^^^^^^^

@ijustforgot: YOU NEED TO STOP.  you need to quit whitesplaining and quit the fake-apologies and quit playing the victim and accept that you’re behaving in bigoted and harmful ways AND STOP DOING THAT.  it’s impossible to be “racist against whites” under a white supremacist system.  WE WHITES BENEFIT FROM WHITE SUPREMACY, FOR FUCK’S SAKE.

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I want a FCK COLUMBUS shirt

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