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- A tumblr site dedicated to the people and places that make up Oregon and Southwest Washington.
I'm an Indian, but I'm also a teacher, a computer programmer, a scientist and a writer. I've struggled my whole life with trying to explain to people that "being an Indian" doesn't mean "Living in a Tipi" any more than "Being a White person" means "Living in a log cabin on a prairie."
The requirement to explain to people that I am allowed to be an Indian AND a modern American has always frustrated, often angered me. because I feel that the words "Indian" and "Native American" carry so much romanticized baggage.
Thank you for writing so much on this. Thank you for giving us complexity, thank you for giving us responsibility. Thank you for opening the doors and helping show the world that Native Americans, just as European Americans and Asian Americans, are a product of their culture, but no caged in a romantic history.
posted 3 years, 7 months ago
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