Indigenous Futurisms

I’ve told my children stories about space. Inserting a lifesaving story of their dad rescuing me, the Indian Princess, from the colony.

I’ve gone into the story deliberate and detailed.

It became a bedtime story that I would tell our children. I don’t really know why I started to tell the story. Perhaps, it came, because I was trying to align myself with their toys- as our children loved StarWars. Perhaps it was me seeing myself needing to be saved?  It was my princess story.

Sometimes I think that one will come into your life, to help you see your purpose. That one adoring person who listens to your inventions, creativity and stories. We cannot blame anyone for sometimes we forget how to fly.  Creating is the one thing that no one can take from you. Your creativity is yours. You may be compared to great geniuses. You may have your own touch. Being compared to is a good thing.

I wanted to start my day thinking about futurisms and it led me to Art.

“Art is both the means to project Indigenous life into the stars and the space canoe we use to paddle through these imagined galaxies. Art becomes a medicinal practice, healing our spirits, minds, and bodies as we move into possible

futures”.http://gutsmagazine.ca/visual-cultures/

Sunday Reading #Decolonizingyourself

Dr. Poitras Pratt said to us: “I had to decolonize myself before I could continue in my own education. Use storytelling to guide your own path in lifelong learning” (personal communication, October 22, 2013). She spoke of needing to hear the story behind the story. She spoke of the sacred space of stories, and I was reminded of Wendell Berry (2013), in an interview with Bill Moyers when he said that “there are no sacred and unsacred places, there are only sacred and desecrated places.” In engaging poetic inquiry, “a sensuous-intellectual activity—centering, decoding, reframing, discovering and discoursing ourselves in ways that shows us something of what we are, literally, as embodied participants and observers” (Brady, 2009, p. xiii), I seek to creatively and reflectively find my proper, sacred place in this story.

 

http://ineducation.ca/ineducation/article/view/173/666

 

Decolonizing Literature, Culturally Appropriate (example) & The Secret Path


I noticed that Learning Bird had done some lesson plans on The Secret Path. I then came across a lesson on decolonizing literature. Here they are:

 

https://blog.learningbird.com/decolonizing-literacy-creating-culturally-relevant-literacy-lessons/

Spoken Word

spoken word

The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self,

to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar,

is the test of their power.

Toni Morrison