ASK YOUR RELATIVE QUESTIONS

Tags: 02 - Identity, 04 - Non-Native Allies, 11 - Activism, 12 - Education

Hi Auntie! I’ve been wanting to get involved with showing my support for BLM and protest, but I don’t know how to get started. And my cousins on the rez want to support too, but can’t get to any protests. What should we do?

[Auntie Manda] These are really great questions. I think it’s so great that you are interested in joining the movement on the streets! It is so important for Native youth to support our Black relatives who are fighting for liberation and an end to police brutality! The fight for Indigenous sovereignty and the struggle for Black liberation are interconnected. I…

How do you celebrate July 4th?

Hi there! This is a good question! I first want to say that it’s okay to celebrate any US holiday however you choose to. It’s also okay if you want to boycott or redefine the holiday by reflecting on how the holiday might look through an Indigenous lens. For example, if you would rather spend holidays like Thanksgiving, Columbus Day,…

Hi! I have a friend who has learned beadwork from an elder in our community. She has started selling her own work, and while it’s not all indigenous designs and symbols, she’s making a profit off of it all. She’s 100% white. Should I call her out?

Hi Emma! By asking this question I can see that you have some concerns. Listen to your gut…and let’s talk it through. From a design standpoint, Indigenous designs are the bomb. However, what is missing when non-Natives replicate traditional designs is that they are likely to not be taught in the proper ways like the meanings of the sacred elements…

Hey Auntie, my brother andI have been arguing about washing our masks every time after we go grocery shopping. I don’t think it needs it every time, but my brother does. Who’s right?

Well, first good on you for wearing your masks when you’re out. Sorry, but your brother is right on this one. You should treat your mask like a biohazard: Don’t let it touch anything, especially things like the kitchen counter or coffee table Put your cloth mask in the washer, with laundry soap, then the dryer Make sure to wash…

Can I enroll with the tribe without my father’s permission?

Great! What an amazing gift that your family had some information on what tribe you’re from. Keep asking questions, especially from the elders and I’m sure you’ll find some helpful information. Next thing, is to do your research: You can do an Internet search using your Tribes name and key words like: tribal clinic museums history community events visitor center…

I’m sure you’ve been hearing about the coronavirus?

Hey there! I’m sure you’ve been hearing about the coronavirus nonstop. I just wanted to break things down very simply for you. We know the virus is spread from being in close contact with someone who is infected from their coughs or sneezes. To keep yourself healthy: Wash your hands as often as you can, long enough to sing the…

Can I own something Native American related if I am white?

Well, it’s really up to you and how you feel about it when you see it. You really should only surround yourself with things that have a positive effect on you. If you’re writing in about it, perhaps you feel a little nudge that this should not be in your possession. If that’s the case, be open to signs for…

I manage a shop that rents costumes, and I found two costume headdresses in our rental inventory. I pulled them and finally convinced the powers that be that we cannot rent these. Is there a respectful way to destroy these headdresses?

Hey! Thanks for you support! First, know there is a team of people behind you who are working on this same issue. We’ve got your back and together we can make a difference! As strongly as I can say this, ‘There is no circumstance where dressing up like someone from another culture is okay.” Why is it not okay to…
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