Ya’at’eeh, shizii Donovan yinshye. I am Diné (Navajo), NAC and Hozho way, I enjoy life as a web/graphic designer, music lover, Indigenous enthusiast, and part-time dreamer.
It is comforting to know that many of our Navajo teachings continue to be carried forward.
Our Navajo elders forbade us from participating in certain activities in observation of the extraordinary changes in the natural universe and out of concern that the confluence of such changes did not disrupt the health of our mental and physical well being.
As Navajos, the eclipse ‘experience’ is a recollecting synthesis of tradition, culture, natural phenomena, and spirituality, and our response to it, a means to signify our humble existence in the natural world. Hózhó Nahásdlįį’.”
I just need a nice suit to go with the two braids and turquoise I have. Keeping it Diné.
Sherman Alexie is known by both his tribal communities & larger Native communities to be such an asshole tho, like this is such a sad and stupid thing to say considering he lives in a city that has a robust language program for one of his tribe’s dialect of Interior Salish and totally gets paid enough to have the leisure time to enroll in classes (he charged the Native student programming here like $10k for one speaking engagement). he also never shows up to powwows, round dances, or community stuff (even tho his relatives are frequently there), so yeah i mean go ahead and sell that intergenerational trauma 21st century self-hating indian shit but if you really had an interest in your community or culture, you might show up once in awhile.
Can we talk about how the only way this tweet makes sense is to accept that individual gains trump collective benefit, and even outweigh responsibility to community?
Because all I hear in this tweet is a triumphant echo of “Kill the Indian, Save the man.”
This song has been on repeat for the last 2 weeks.
As part of the Navajo introduction and clanship system, this word references your father’s first clan. Since every Navajo is their mother’s clan (meaning her’s is the “first clan” or the one her children pass on to their children), their father’s clan is the one they would be “born for”.
Brutal grind from Phoenix AZ 1996-1999
Sara on vox from Comanche Nation
I did not know this band was Phoenix or their singer was Indigenous, I better put them.
Shinaaii singing some good tunes. I always wondered when I would come across his songs, good to hear it though.