From upper left: Nelson Mandela, Unknown, "Sunset" by Maurice Sapiro (x), Atha Rider Whitemankiller by Ilka Hartmann, 1971.
My mind is filled with words like mnemonic, transit, settler-colonial, fallacies, and cruel optimism. My brain is packed to the brim with critical theory and questions. Am I doing the right thing? Will this matter? Why does this professor make me feel like a complete dunce? Does my work even fit within this field? Does my work even fit? Am I forsaking my own spirit? In other words: exhausted.
Yet, when the day ends, none of that really matters. Despite all of my uncertainties and insecurities I am doing this. I am undertaking something that scares me. I am seeking to change things, to challenge systems that taught me that my people were inconsequential as child. I'm challenging all the mainstream tropes that say that Native women are not capable. That women aren't capable. That I am not capable. And really, I cannot forsake my own past efforts not the efforts of so many people who have fought for justice, for a voice, for visibility. I cannot forsake the hard works done by activists, mothers, fathers, children, lovers, human beings. It is for them that I am doing this. It is to show them I am so grateful for everything they have done for me, for my people, for all people, for the world. And that is something I refuse to forget in this arduous and painful journey through higher education.
So, to lighten my own mood, to revive myself for the last week and half of this first semester of graduate school, I have compiled a few links below for your perusal. Enjoy and have a good Friday!
- Emily Graslie of "The Brain Scoop" speaks back against sexism online.
- Whovians Questions Answered by David Tennant and Matt Smith on the Graham Norton Show
- The Thoughtful Art of Dressing by Bella Q
- Beyond Buckskin kicks off another holiday season of Buy Native: See the first gift guide (for him!) here.
- Beautiful ceramics available at ShinoTakeda's etsy shop
Finally what list would be complete without an animal post?