“ to use the bone of language as water. as meal. as soil. as root. as a sweeping feast that enters. this is writing. to me. ”

“ That’s the best thing about language: every time you use a word you are summoning so many other things—all the times that word has ever been used. I know this sounds a little psychedelic, but maybe I have an ancestor one hundred years ago who used this word that I choose to write now. What does it mean that everything that we are writing is recycled? Words are full of ghosts. Poetry is full of ghosts. ”

“ ‘Fluent’ is an inhibitor, ‘functional’ is a liberator. ”

— John Warne, the British Council’s Director of Strategy, on the topic of language learning (x)

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oromastherapy:

The aroma of crushed guava leaves, the taste of salted clay, dancing under stars that I can almost touch and a moon that dances along, home.

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“ This region has been staggering slowly and painfully to resolve the contradiction of being at once independent and neocolonial, struggling through new definitions of itself to abandon the protection of being a frontier created by nature, a logistical basin serving some imperial necessity, struggling to move away from
being a regional platform for alien enterprise to the status of being a region for itself, with the sovereign right to define its own reality and order its own priorities. ”

— George Lamming, The Sovereignty of the Imagination (via hojisitas-deactivated20140618)

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“ The Caribbean is in every sense a cultural expression. Three particular areas spring to mind. They are language, religion and
the creative arts. They circumscribe the inner spaces beyond the reach of oppressors. ”

— Nettleford (1993)

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“ Colonization does not, after all, affect people only economically. More fundamentally, it affects a people’s understanding of their universe, their place within that universe, the kinds of values they must embrace and actions they must make to remain safe and whole within that universe. In short, colonization alters both the individual’s and the group’s sense of identity. Loss of identity is a major dimension of alienation, and when severe enough it can lead to individual and group death. When an individual’s sense of self is… distorted by the impact of contradictory points of view, colonization and its terrible effects will not be assuaged by mere retention of land rights and economic self-sufficiency. ”

— Paula Gunn Allen (via hojisitas-deactivated20140618)

Resources on Indigenous Feminism

newwavefeminism:

Ran across these links at http://www.peopleofcolororganize.com/

Online Articles:

Indigenous Feminism Without Apology, by Andrea Smith

Anti-Colonial Responses to Gender Violence, by Andrea Smith

Not an Indian Tradition: The Sexual Colonization of Indian Peoples, by Andrea Smith

NATIVES READ TOO

the-yaadihla-girls:

NATIVES READ TOO

Browsing the internet, found some free PDFs to read:

“ There is a nefarious tendency to consider material manifestations as traditions. If we accept such absurd criteria, then horses among the Plains Indians and Indian beadwork must be seen as untraditional. Traditions exist and are guarded by Indian communities. One of the most important of these is dynamism. Constant change — adaptability, the inclusion of new ways and materials — is a tradition that our artists have particularly celebrated and have used to move and strengthen our societies ”

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