Lighting a Path Forward: UC Land Grants, Public Memory, and Tovaangar
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
UCLA James West Alumni Center
9am – 5pm
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
UCLA Luskin Conference Center
9am – 5pm
Register by October 1, 2019: http://bit.ly/Lighting-a-Path-Forward.
“Lighting a Path Forward: UC Land Grants, Public Memory, and Tovaangar" is part of a series of critical events that mark the 50th anniversary of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center.
Join UCLA’s American Indian Studies Center for an interdisciplinary public symposium on October 15th about the past, present, and future of the University of California's relationship with tribes. On the 15th, three panels will be held, discussing UCLA’s centennial anniversary with respect to California Indians, the current state of relationships and projects between the UCs and tribal communities and institutions, and future innovative practices working with tribal communities. On October 16th, three workshops will be conducted whose goal is to create policy papers for developing community-engaged classrooms, creating better practices for American Indian and Indigenous retention and recruitment, and generating practices that ensure repatriation and maintenance of cultural heritage. This event is part of a is part of a series of critical events that mark the 50th anniversary of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center.
Full agenda available here: https://www.aisc.ucla.edu/events/lightingapathforward.aspx
When studying Indigenous African peoples & African history, how do we move away from exoticizing images of nameless African people (especially those who have not assimilated or who are in cultural regalia)?
There are countless Instagram pages devoted to showcasing the beauty & diversity of African ethnic groups. What is the relationship between these pages & the images/people/communities which they depict? Are Nuba & Maasai peoples included in the intended audience? Are the Indigenous African peoples subjects or community members? How also do we respect the personhood of the subjects in the images? Are we sure their consent was granted for the images? How do we navigate reposting colonial images/photography? -
Jaakko vietti viime syksyn Kanadassa. Hän opiskeli alkuperäiskansojen tutkimusta, ja monet hänen opettajistaan olivatkin alkuperäiskansaa itse. Ennen vaihdon päättymistä Jaakko sai cree-opettajaltaan lahjaksi tupakan siemeniä. Tupakka on tämän omassa kulttuurissa tärkeä kasvi.
Siementen laittaminen kasvamaan viime keväänä oli kuumottavaa, sillä paineet kasvun onnistumisesta olivat suuret. On siis ollut erityisen kivaa seurata tämän kasvin kehitystä. Toivottavasti saadaan nyt siemeniä talteen ja ensi kesäksi vielä isompi ja hullumpi kanadalainen tupakka parvekkeelle. 💕
Kia ora! 🇳🇿 My first couple of days with Education New Zealand have been a great introduction to higher ed in NZ and its relationship with Kiwis and also the Māori culture 🥝
We were fortunate to visit the marae at @autuni and sit in on a Māori studies course which is one of the study opportunities uniquely available in New Zealand! Not sure if you all recognize Maui behind me, as he looks a bit different than when he was in @thedisneymoana 😉🌊 It’s an amazing experience to be accepted and welcomed into one of their spiritual spaces and learn some Māori language and history! 🧡💙 #illinoisabroad
Just finished reading this fantastic brief anthology of Maya Tsotsil poetry translated by Paul M. Worley. Here’s a poem by Cecilia Díaz that I loved. A free PDF of the book is available on the North Dakota Quarterly’s website. Go check it out! #maya#poetry#poetryintranslation#indigenousstudies
I love myths and legends and thought I would share one of my favourite Navajo stories with you today, ancient explorers. This one speaks of how the Navajo began to make objects from cotton.
The people were told that there was a place called ‘Fine-fiber Cotton’ in the Lower World. Two people, who were spider people, carried the seed from this place and told people that this plant, cotton, should be grown and used to make clothing.
The cotton plant germinated, grew and ripened and then was gathered. The people then made a spindle to spin the fibre. The chief medicine woman said to them,
‘You must always spin towards yourself, for then beautiful things come to you.’
Then the people wanted to make cloth for trade. Again, she said, ‘You must spin toward you, or beautiful things will fly from you.’
Over time, the people learnt how to make all kinds of useful things, discovering new ways to make art and live peacefully.
A beautiful story, with so much wisdom, don’t you think, ancient explorers?
+++ Photo credit of a cotton field: Trisha Downing ⠀⠀
Story based on the ‘The First Weaving’ by Ari Beck and Carolyn Dunn.
Our American Indigenous Studies Program at @mnstatemankato, in partnership with @bemidjistate, has been awarded a $64,208 multicampus collaboration grant through @minnstateedu for an Ojibwe Language Consortium.⠀
The grant will support an ongoing collaboration with Bemidji State University, which offers Ojibwe language courses to students at BSU and Minnesota State Mankato, as well as expand the existing partnership to include experiential learning opportunities and community engagement for students enrolled in the courses.⠀
Read More: sbs.mnsu.edu/news
The Canton Indian Asylum or Hiawatha Asylum for Insane Indians, located in South Dakota, was operational from 1902-1934. During that time around 400 Natives of varying age (2yrs - 80 yrs old) went through its doors and 120 died on site buried in unmarked graves outside the asylum. Many died from curable diseases.
There is a marker with all the names of those who died, that sits near the golf course that was built on top of the former asylum. Most Natives sent their had "epilepsy" but there were many who were simply sent to Canton for punishment by reservation agents. Some were elders with disabilities.
A report stated inmates were shackled to bed posts for months at a time. Others were locked in isolation, one official noted a man spent 3 years in isolation. A ten year old boy was locked in a cell wrapped in a straight jacket. Staff were encouraged to kick, hit and throw Native "residents" to the floor as a means of control.
This was the "civilization" Americans boasted about (I included the academic journal title and author on the last pic. It is accessible for free on Google). #native#indigenouspeople#indigenous#decolonization#decolonize#osage#wazhazhe#nativeprofessor#firstnations#nativenations#nativeculture#beyondborders#indigenas#indigena#history#nativepeople#kansas#kansascity#lfk#indigenousstudies#osagenation#nativehistory#nativelife