“I can’t see em comin down my eyes/so I gotta make this post cry”: Or, How Our Toxic Indigenous Masculinity is Stopping the Revolution

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AK note: Since my Native Harvey Weinsteins post went up last week, I’ve been heartened and heartbroken by the support and solidarity filling my inbox. The stories are hard to hear, and there truly is no indigenous womyn/femme untouched by these experiences. Kyle reached out and wanted to share his response, which is below. I’m grateful for him and other men …

The Native Harvey Weinsteins

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CW: Sexual harassment and assault. Additional note: this is written from my female cis-hetero perspective. There are so many more layers and stories from our LGBT relatives. But those aren’t my stories, and I don’t want to misrepresent them. I can only speak to and from my experiences. As always, if you’d like to write a guest post, send me an …

The Pokanoket Encampment in Bristol, RI

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On August 20th, a group of Native people and their supporters started an encampment on land currently owned by Brown University. I’ve been uncharactaristically quiet on social media about the encampment, but behind the scenes I’ve been information gathering and trying to terse out what’s really going on here. So this post is context and personal thoughts, as well as to …

Dances with Dragons: Dothraki and Hollywood Western Aesthetic

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SPOILERS OBVIOUSLY Sunday on Game of Thrones we finally got the Dany dragon battle we’ve been waiting for, and it was glorious. I do have some…questions on the battle strategy (which @miamckenzie breaks down as well here and here), but overall it was a rousing scene full of fire and tension and badassery and…well, a lot of references that made …

Valentino didn’t learn anything.

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A couple days ago I went to a TJ Maxx in Massachusetts, and my sister and I were oo-ing and ahh-ing over some  gorgeous studded Valentino heels. I grabbed the box to look at the price tag (way out of my budget), but then flipped it over, and saw this. That’s a headdress. A sacred headdress. Again. I literally have no …

The New Wild West: An interview with Ryan McMahon of Indian & Cowboy

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Photo courtesy of Ryan McMahon [This post originally appeared on Bello Collective, a newsletter & publication about audio storytelling and the podcast industry.] By Guest Contributor Liza Yeager  (AK Note: Liza is one of my incredible students from this semester in my “History and Resistance in Native Representations” class. This is her final project for the course. She is a podcast, …

Buzzfeed’s Another Round and #NoDAPL

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Just a quick post to let ya’ll know that I was on Another Round on Buzzfeed again, and had a lovely conversation with Heben (she’s back!). In addition to talking Standing Rock and #NoDAPL, we played a game where I had to identify Pilgrim names. I failed. But shout out to Godbert Godbertson. Listen here, and enjoy! Two quick clarifications …

Dear little one on your Birthday: A letter to a future Native warrior

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Today one of my best friends, who we affectionately call Bean, is having her first child. A baby girl. Last night I watched on live streams as unarmed Native protectors were mercilessly attacked by militarized police. I kept thinking about my new little niece, and the world we are leaving for her. This letter is to her, on her birthday.  …

Defeating the Stone Man: PMDD, menstruation, and healing

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“The power Cherokees attributed to menstruating women is illustrated by the myth “The Stone Man.” The Stone Man was a cannibal with a skin of solid rock and an appetite for Indian hunters. When a hunter spotted Stone Man heading for a village, he hurried to the medicine man, who stationed seven menstruating women in the cannibal’s path. The Stone …

Where are the Natives in Hamilton?

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I have not seen the highly acclaimed, Tony-award winning, ground breaking, race-bending new musical Hamilton. Not due to lack of trying. I enter the digital lottery nearly every single day on my phone, though if I do somehow win it will mean the most panicked four hours of my life trying to get from Providence to NYC in time for the show. But …