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Native American travels across U.S. photographing citizens of tribal nations

Native American travels across U.S. photographing citizens of tribal nations | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
She sleeps on couches, dines with strangers and lives out of her car. Still, Matika Wilbur does it for the art and for the people. Wilbur is Native American.
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"We are still here," she said. "We remain."

One of those stereotypes is the image of Indians clad in feathers, nearly naked running across the prairie, whooping it up like what's oft portrayed in western cinema. Also the caricature image of Indians as mascots.

With that in mind, Wilbur said the project is meant to drive conversations about the ubiquitous appropriation of Native American culture and to discuss how U.S. citizens can evolve beyond the co-opting of indigenous images and traditions.

"I hope to educate these audiences that it's not OK to dress up like an Indian on Halloween," she said. "I'm not a Halloween costume. I hope to encourage a new conversation of sharing and to help us move beyond the stereotypes."

Wilbur added that she hopes her photos -- her craft -- will display the "beauty of (Native) people and to introduce some of our leaders to a massive audience."

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"We are still here," she said. "We remain."

One of those stereotypes is the image of Indians clad in feathers, nearly naked running across the prairie, whooping it up like what's oft portrayed in western cinema. Also the caricature image of Indians as mascots.

With that in mind, Wilbur said the project is meant to drive conversations about the ubiquitous appropriation of Native American culture and to discuss how U.S. citizens can evolve beyond the co-opting of indigenous images and traditions.

"I hope to educate these audiences that it's not OK to dress up like an Indian on Halloween," she said. "I'm not a Halloween costume. I hope to encourage a new conversation of sharing and to help us move beyond the stereotypes."

Wilbur added that she hopes her photos -- her craft -- will display the "beauty of (Native) people and to introduce some of our leaders to a massive audience."

Andrew Nayyar's curator insight, January 25, 2014 12:54 AM

Awesome story! A very inspiring tale of a woman that is helping her people through dedication, and art through photography. There are also some pictures from SF, and she recieved her funding through Kickstarter.com. She captures some attention demanding images and pushes the envolope for her people. 

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Yakama Nation wins decision on costs of cleaning up contamination

Yakama Nation wins decision on costs of cleaning up contamination | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
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The Oscars – and Hollywood – will not be able to ignore this growing clamour for diversity on screen

The Oscars – and Hollywood – will not be able to ignore this growing clamour for diversity on screen | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
As a boy growing up in Britain in the 70s, seeing black faces on TV or in films was an exciting rarity. Today, as an actor working mostly in the US, I still don’t see enough people like me. This latest row is a chance to push for real change
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Viola Davis: 'Diversity is not a trending topic'

Viola Davis: 'Diversity is not a trending topic' | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
“Welcome to diverse TV,” double winner Idris Elba joked toward the end of the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday night, as the British star...
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The Slaves of the White House Finally Get to Have Their Stories Told

The Slaves of the White House Finally Get to Have Their Stories Told | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
Long ignored by historians, the enslaved people of the White House are coming into focus through a new book by Jesse J. Holland
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This paragraph on a black kindergartner's view of the world is absolutely crushing

This paragraph on a black kindergartner's view of the world is absolutely crushing | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
But it also tells a very important truth.
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The Oscars’ Racist Refusal to Honor Modern Black Heroes

The Oscars’ Racist Refusal to Honor Modern Black Heroes | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
‘Creed’ and ‘Straight Outta Compton’ only received one Oscar nod each—and they went to white people. And the black community is mad as hell and not going to take it anymore.
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Navajo Nation starts planning for use of $554M trust settlement

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This Native American tribe on Long Island is trying to raise its language from the dead

This Native American tribe on Long Island is trying to raise its language from the dead | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
Among the mansions and golf clubs of the Hamptons, Shinnecock Indians are trying to re-learn a language that died out more than a century ago.
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The Rosa Parks Story

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Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was the greatest, most distinguished African American Woman Civil Rights Activist of our time. The woman known as “the first lady of civil rights” was born February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama to James McCauley and Leona Edwards, her parents, a carpenter and a teacher, respectively. Her ancestry was a mixture of African American, Cherokee-Creek and Scots-Irish, which some say accounts for her fair complexion. In 1932, Rosa married Raymond Parks, a barber from Montgomery, at her mother’s house.

 

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How race still influences where we choose to live

How race still influences where we choose to live | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
The sticky role of preference in preserving segregation — and how to change it.
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Every day renters walk into the Oak Park Regional Housing Center certain they don’t want to live on the east side of town. The east side of town, in this small suburb that borders Chicago, is geographic code for uncomfortably close to where the poor blacks live.

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Obama Unveils Stricter Rules Against Segregation in Housing

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The regulations are a piece of President Obama’s effort to address the racial disparities he says are helping fuel unrest in American cities.
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If You’ve Wondered Why So Many Politicians Deny Climate Change, Science Has Your Answer

If You’ve Wondered Why So Many Politicians Deny Climate Change, Science Has Your Answer | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
Echo chambers: They're always bad, but worse when they're wrong.
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Cory Booker: Cops should raid fraternity houses if they want to fairly enforce drug laws

Cory Booker: Cops should raid fraternity houses if they want to fairly enforce drug laws | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it

In an interview with Vox.com, Booker explained that just as many whites as blacks use and sell drugs, and yet the criminal justice system unfairly targets black people and hands them harsher sentences than white defendants accused of the same crimes.

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“What that does within our country, especially in these concentrated areas where we have massive numbers of men being incarcerated, is create a caste system in which people feel like there’s no way out,” said Booker. “There are tons of pilot programs that show if you help people coming back from a nonviolent offense lock into a job or opportunity, their recidivism rates go down dramatically. If you don’t help them, what happens is that, left with limited options, many people make the decision to go back to that world of narcotic sales.”

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The secret history of cowboy socialism

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Official site of The Week Magazine, offering commentary and analysis of the day's breaking news and current events as well as arts, entertainment, people and gossip, and political cartoons.
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Navajo Water Supply is Poisoned Worse Than Flint, but ‘No One Cares Because They’re Native American’

Navajo Water Supply is Poisoned Worse Than Flint, but ‘No One Cares Because They’re Native American’ | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
We recently reported on six other cities in Michigan, which have more lead poisoning in their city water supplies, than Flint.

The Detroit News reports that “Elevated
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Stanford Study: 'Culturally Relevant' Teaching Boosts GPA, Attendance for At-Risk Youth, So Why Not Make It Universal? - Atlanta Blackstar

Stanford Study: 'Culturally Relevant' Teaching Boosts GPA, Attendance for At-Risk Youth, So Why Not Make It Universal? - Atlanta Blackstar | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
If you don’t know about your past, you lack a blueprint for the future.  And a new study suggests just that.  Research in California found that high school students who were exposed to classes on race and ethnicity experienced better attendance and academic achievement. The study, which was conducted by researchers at Stanford University, revealed …
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Legal Limbo: One Oregon Tribe's Fight for Federal Recognition

Legal Limbo: One Oregon Tribe's Fight for Federal Recognition | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
The Columbia River's Celilo Wy'am people do not exist in the eyes of the US government.
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Oregon standoff: Feds forcibly removed black occupiers from wildlife refuge in 1979

Oregon standoff: Feds forcibly removed black occupiers from wildlife refuge in 1979 | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
The drama unfolding with armed occupiers at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns is similar to a standoff that made national headlines 39 years ago in Harris Neck, G.
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Disenrollment Is a Tool of the Colonizers

Disenrollment Is a Tool of the Colonizers | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
Our elders and spiritual leaders do not teach the practice of disenrollment. In fact, disenrollment is a wholly non-Indian construct.
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#OscarsSoWhite, Again: A Symptom of Hollywood's Racism

#OscarsSoWhite, Again: A Symptom of Hollywood's Racism | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
Hollywood also continues to whitewash racially diverse American stories and reduce people like Native Americans to stereotypes.
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#OscarsSoWhite: Not a single performer of color nominated for second year in a row

#OscarsSoWhite: Not a single performer of color nominated for second year in a row | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
No Michael B. Jordan? Will Smith? Idris Elba?
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Louisville students protest after school president and staff pose in racist costumes for Halloween

Louisville students protest after school president and staff pose in racist costumes for Halloween | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
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Unbelievable, these are college administrators not sorority/fraternity members....

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Teaching Young Children about Race

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A Guide for Parents and Teachers Recent events--- including the #BlackLivesMatter movement, the Charleston church shooting, and the debate over the Co
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I became a black woman in Spokane. But, Rachel Dolezal, I was a black girl first | Alicia Walters

I became a black woman in Spokane. But, Rachel Dolezal, I was a black girl first | Alicia Walters | Deconstructing Tribalism | Scoop.it
Black womanhood is an identity forged in the lived experiences of black children. Anything else perpetuates society’s fetish for celebrating only parts of our bodies
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"To be a black young woman in Spokane was, for me, to be rejected, isolated and left to find my own way. Becoming the black woman I am today was not about learning a performance, it was not about certain clothing or my hair texture; it came from first being a black girl, from the trauma of rejection and isolation and its transformation into a kind of self-taught solitary pride, from learning to preserve my own sense of true self."

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Cory Booker Announces Bill Requiring Police To Report All Shootings To The DOJ

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"The first step in fixing a problem is understanding the extent of the problem you have." - Senator Cory Booker
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