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Native Americans talk a lot about decolonization. But what that means is defined by each individual’s continuum. The overall goal is to reject colonial institutions and ideologies. But how much of your diet, your relationships with others, and the way you learn are you willing to change? We’ll talk about the basics of what it means to decolonize.
Dr. Eve Tuck (Unangax from the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island, Alaska) – associate professor of critical race and Indigenous studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies and Education at the University of Toronto
Nick Estes (Lower Brule Sioux Tribe) – Ph.D. student at the University of New Mexico in American studies
Nephi Craig (White Mountain Apache) – executive chef and founder of the Native American Culinary Association
Break music: Get Up Stand Up (song) Bailey Wiley, Che Fu, King Kapisi, Laughton Kora, Maisey Rika & Tiki Taane (artist)
Darrell Shay says
To me, decolonization is about how to deconstruct Indian societies which have adopted the dominant society values and principles in-lieu of the traditional NDN values and principles. We have to relearn those values and principles of our ancestors, that which they used to survive and exist for thousands and thousands of years. Everything from how we learn to survive in todays world; how we educate and train ourselves for today, how to cope with our daily issues, how we relate with each other, our roles as a man and woman in todays society. There are many others. Start by consulting with your elders.