Hoop and Pow Wow Dancing: http://youtu.be/TqlHe-CUNV0
My daughter is going to PSR, a catholics answer to a child not going to private school. An after school program that teaches young impressionable children about the ways of the catholic faith. I am a catholic drop out, but you know it always seems to run through your veins. I was a religion nerd and decided that no matter what, a person needs to experience other religions. Study about paganism, everyone should be required to see a true Baptist worship, realize the influence of the Creator and get acquainted with Martin Luther. In doing so I gained respect for their struggles and the beauty of faith. I truly love religion, but moreover faith is my motivator. I did decide to raise my children as catholics. Maybe because it was comfortable but also because I travelled to Rome and felt the power of Vatican city. Watched as Pope Benedict spoke in Latin to thousands of his faithful, the energy is overwhelming and he isn’t even the good Pope! To see where the bones of St. Peter lie (which could be chicken bones, but who would care it is symbolic) and I cried when I saw the Sistine Chapel, mind you it is one of the most iconic works of art in existence, but it is the story of Adam’s creation down to the Last Judgement, which was my favorite part.
That brings me back to my daughter and PSR. She asked me “Mommy my religion teacher taught me how the world was created.” “Oh yeah? How?” I questioned. She repeated the biblical story of how God created the world in 6 days and the last day he rested. Que mom…I let her know that the bible, although wonderful in teaching lessons was written thousands of years later, by very privileged men. We also spoke about evolution and the big bang theory…basically how science is a very real and undisputed reason why the earth is what it is and how we as humans evolved. I ended my discussion with, ” It is always good to question, it will not affect your faith.”
My girls will believe what they want, I just want them to have all the information before they decide. As the parent you cannot and should not let your children be dictated by a singular person. Teachers are the least appreciated profession hands down for what they control in society, so teaching with them is very important.
My daughter’s next question was just as pivotal as the discussion we just had. “Mom, I was thinking about it and I need to know.” I was on top of it, ready to use that $75,000 education. “Yes, baby?” I answered. She looked right at me with big brown eyes, “Does God have bathrooms in heaven, because I’m going to need somewhere to poop.”
Good fucking question Gianna, good question.
Dezmond Creed started my series and will end it. He is hope…
I wrote about Creed several times, who he is an what he can accomplish. I now have an extremely talented illustrator creating my characters exactly how I want them. Please take a look at previous posts about Captain Dezmond Creed…my big teddy bear.
In dreams we see, we live a life otherwise sacrificed.
He sat in a chair writing in a journal, feet up and I awoke from the red velvet couch.
Walking to him needing to look over his gifted shoulder, he pulled me down onto his lap.
I straddled him peering into his inquisitive brown eyes. Kissing because I couldn’t keep myself from not.
He turned my head and spoke to me…not sweet nothings at all. His words were full of meaning, grace and structure.
“You are my brilliant little one, my girl that can conquer the world. You have more in you than you think…find it and set it free.” He ended his statement with a kiss to my tiny ear.
He hugged me with long, warm arms, I exhaled feeling unimpeded…feeling at peace.
She walked in handing me presents, kissing my forehead saying she missed me, clearly. “How can you talk?or walk?” I say crying…”I went to Boca, we did it, you and me.” Her smile was straight like the explosion in her brain hadn’t happened.
He came back to me in some divine intervention, grabbed my hand and we walked in a busy old building in whatever obscure city I imagined…it didn’t matter, my hand was in his. We spoke about politics, art, industrial waste, the right to be who a person is. I reveled in his words…his appreciation for life. He greeted people with authentic gratitude.
No matter no worries no judgment…so refreshing.
I could see his spirit, the joie de vivre that circled him…gold and violet.
Like all that is worthwhile it came to a loud blaring end. Until next time…
Was it the all mighty himself? My message was clear, I would keep my mind open and free and work to slowly change the world.
Chase Andersen is a Major in the US Marines, growing up outside of Minneapolis gave him ample terrain to learn how and more importantly where he needs to shoot to kill. He is a citizen of the Sioux nation
Chase and Creed become a team, I compare them to G.I. Joe and Snake Eyes…they work in unison, but often fight apart for their own purposes. Each super human* has a life and story to tell, Chase’s story is full of love, regret, hopelessness and strength.
Duel: Creation of Creed – Chase is introduced
Panel 2. Seating high at powwow his eyes focused on flashes of a young girl in regalia. She danced with a vibrantly colored shawl. Her face is radiant her concentration could not be broken. Angelic (DREAM STATE)
Wake up! (SHOUTED)
Panel 2. Chase opened his eyes startled after dreaming of his Winona. He was lying on a dirt floor with nothing, feeling agonizing pain. He looked at his captor, confused how he survived the blast and locating the cause of pain on his right-side. Chase followed the pain and felt the wounds which were dressed in an amateur manner from his neck to his knee. He closed his eyes tightly knowing the torture he was going to endure.
Duel: Chasing Dreams – continues his story.
I personally feel so attached to him since developing his character introduced me to some truly amazing people. I am privileged to be a volunteer for Native American causes and education in the Northeast Ohio area.
I am finishing Chase’s story and will be starting a Kickstarter to bring these amazing character to the masses!
*super human- Both Creed and Chase gain super human strength after a chemical blast. They are not superheroes, yet…
Be my hero, save my day
Work to make my moments better
Tell me I’m more beautiful than an Arizona sunrise
Kiss me like my kiss is your only air
Make me believe you are interested in my thoughts
My home is where my family is, wherever my children rest their heads
It is not of brick and mortar, but cooking lessons and kisses
Understand my passions even if they are not yours
Don’t take for granted the smile I reveal
Support me, not monetarily, but with courage and strength of character
Be my King
I will be your hero, I will save your day
Your moments will be my moments
Looking in your eyes, I will see the sunrise
I would give you my last breath, my bit of air, to kiss the lips you share
Knowing your thoughts will mature my own
No matter the destination your home will be serene, full of love, of laughter
Our differences are celebrated, debated and educated
My intent everyday is the smile you parade
Supporting your dreams, your family and the man you are makes sense to me
I am your Queen
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I will support you, I will take the ridicule and venom thrown at me
I will support you, no matter the hurtful words said or unsaid to me
I will support you, regardless of the malicious attacks
I will support you, when you mistake confidence as attention seeking
I will support you, knowing you may have been hurt yourself
I will support you, learning about your own insecurities
I will support you, during your realization that we need to stick together, not slander each other
I will support you, when we raise our daughters to be exceptional women
I will support you
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Native American Heritage Month: What a white girl that grew up in cornfields learned about Native American culture.
Experiment: Conversations with 6yr olds, 2014, middle class, majority white, Ohio, during Native American Heritage Month
(Shows a picture of Chief Stephen Adkins) “Do you know who this is?”
“This is Chief Stephen Adkins he along with 11 other people called a tribal council lead the Chickahominy tribe. We should also call him a Native American rather than an Indian.”
“What do Native Americans live in?”
“a tipi/ the woods/ a fort”
“No I mean today, right now not a long time ago.”
“Well, where do you live?”
“house/ apartment/ with my grandma!”
“That is where Native Americans live as well.”
“What kind of jobs do they have?”
“Hunters/ warriors!” kids started running around slapping their mouths.
“Ok, I am sure some Native Americans hunt as a job and I know many are in the United States military, so they are warriors, but they are also lawyers, doctors, writers, police officers, cashiers and a ton of other jobs. Also, doing that with your mouth isn’t very nice.”
I was frustrated, not with the little ones, but that this is what they know of an entire culture of people. I understand this is not the same answer I would get if I lived in a different part of the United States, but really? Luckily, I made a slight difference. The next time I saw them I was told that one of the kids went up to their teacher and told her that Indians don’t live in a tipi and also they don’t like to be called indians, we should call them Native Americans. I’ll take it.
When I was little I barely understood that Native Americans existed let alone that some still lived in impoverished conditions on reservations that were forced on their ancestors. How did a girl that went to a blue ribbon school in an affluent town not know about modern day native culture? Even stranger was that Russell Means, one of the most well known AIM (American Indian Movement) members lived in Cleveland and started a chapter of AIM here in the 70s. His hand print is all over this city and I didn’t have any idea until I started doing my own research into Native American culture for a character I was developing over a year ago. Where for the past 20 years a man named Robert Roche along with several others dedicated thousands of hours in protest and education to change the MLB Indians team name and develop their community in a land that tribes/ tribal law were forced out years ago.
Back to my point, I want to talk about White America as a whole and our understanding of Native American culture. We watch movies that portray Native Americans as savages or silly sidekicks and follow sports teams that use the culture as a caricature. Ultimately painting the wrong picture. Of course there are movies about amazing Native Americans that don’t portray this, but they are far and few between. That coupled with my later argument will neatly wrap up why there is a stigma.
Other than a few, the proverbial wool is pulled over our eyes. We are taught in primary school that the government gave Native Americans a choice with organized treaties that would benefit everyone. We quickly glazed over battles, Wounded Knee, revolts, Trail of Tears, yet we focus on a story that Christopher Columbus was a stand up guy who sailed the ocean blue in 1492. Accept, he was a tyrant, rapist and overall dumbshit who got lost. How does this man have his own day?
This brings me to argument number two, our education system is lacking. As proven by my experiment at the beginning of this essay. I understand that it takes money and process to change a system, but when will my kids learn true history?
The solution is that I will teach them, we should teach them. I have started reading to my girls Coyote and other books that show the thriving native community it is today… the real truth.
Recently, MTV had a special called Rebel Music, it featured stories and music by Mike Cliff, Frank Waln, Inez Jasper, and Nataanii Means. They are modern day activists for their people, for their tribes and for Native America as a whole. Mixed with others in the Native American community actively trying to crush the stereotypes, like Gyasi Ross (lawyer/author/activist) and Tatanka Means (comedian/activist) promote a sober life and mentorship for native youth. Dennis Banks (notable AIM member) rode cross country to spotlight the importance of nutrition and diabetes in native culture. Artists like Virgil Ortiz (fashion/photography/sculpture) and Matika Wilbur (photographer) are proving that traditional themes can be modernized with stunning results. Leaders are emerging.
I learned that this is the 7th generation and they will start a revolution. It will not be with violence, which got past AIM activists in trouble . It seems this generation will teach by way of art and storytelling, by singing and most of all by keeping their traditions ongoing. There are 562 federally recognized tribes and over 4 million people in America self recognize as Native American. Those numbers promise change.
What I learned I will teach my daughters, show them hoop dancing and pow wows. That in this culture there is a huge importance placed on protecting their land by protesting fracking and pipelines. Fighting still for what treaties promised and the ultimate fact that Native Americans are the originals and what happened to them at the hands of men like Christopher Columbus, government officials and others needs to be rectified.
My descendents are from Europe, so what does that mean for me? I don’t have to fight for my basic rights. I do agree being a female has some disadvantages, but overall I won the American lottery. That means that as a White American I have an obligation to learn on a broader level. If not, we are missing the point.
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In Eat Spirit Eat a band of orphans use their strengths along with their promises to help Oliver find and create a perfect world for his absentee father. The audience will immediately recognize the love and characterization that writer/director James Bird brought to all of the misfit orphans, it is remarkable.
I had the proverbial “Awww” moment seeing the relationship that the main character, Oliver (Owen Williams) and Mrs. P, the free spirited house mother who is really the catalyst for the group. My only issue was a break in character every once in awhile from Williams, but overall he was absolutely amazing and I chuckled a bit trying to figure out if he was just a man child or actually not very bright.
Watching Vera (Adriana Mather) with her spectacularly neurotic behavior and speech was refreshing. Her type A personality was very lovable rather than annoying and Mather, played it perfectly.
My favorite character was Inny (Ezequiel Stremiz) . I thought he was just so funny having a Latino accent yet he wasn’t raised in that environment, he adapted. He recognized his Native American Heritage, which was a big plus for me. Inny just genuinely loved and appreciated the people around him. The happy, supportive best friend type is always my weakness.
This movie has it so right that even the music has a mention. Anya Remizova put together an array of cool bands to score the film. Whimsical, edgy and dare I saw I felt some 80s influence, killer. Hoping a soundtrack is in the works!
Lastly, I enjoyed how Bird introduced each character into the script. They have a back story but it didn’t take over, the questions were answered and it was relevant to the main concept. Eat Spirit Eat was great overall, really loved this movie and would highly recommend it. I can’t wait to order From Above and catch Honeyglue after I can only imagine it wins a plethora of independent awards. Both From Above and Eat Spirit Eat can be found on ITUNES, no excuses!