2 days ago
#Repost @nataanii_means with @make_repost
Currently in Gaa-zagaskwaajimekaag or Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe also known by the community as the Manoomin Stronghold for the historical connection to the abundance of wild rice in the area waters surrounding the Rez. The connection of extreme oil extraction and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women epidemic is real. Not far from where this Anishinaabekwe is putting down prayers in -18 degree weather, Enbridge is offloading pipes and prepping for the proposed Line 3 pipeline which has yet to be approved. Just days ago the Governor of Minnesota Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan (who is also Anishinaabe) upheld the appeal of the pipeline. Since August there has been numerous abduction attempts of Native women, in both the Leech Lake and White Earth communities. -
When you work within these movements you see a lot of corruption, on both sides, you experience a lot of pain and sometimes you want to quit and believe that we are doomed. But it’s moments like this, seeing this strong person, dancing, praying, not for contest, not for likes. But for the people, for the earth. This is how I know I am on the right path. Lila wopila to our women for making me want to be a better wicasa every day. I am here, I’ll dance with you here and into the next life. Happy Valentines.
...also the Anishinabe are the originators of this medicine dance. They still use it as such. It’s beautiful to see this out there, not just in contest powwow. This is powerful.