bright pink shorts + bright green shirt + pink flowers in my hair + retainers in all my piercings = HERE COMES THE PUNK NANNY
I’VE BEEN SPELLING ‘WHOA’ WRONG THIS WHOLE TIME
I AM NEVER CHANGING I AM WHOAH FOR LIFE
I’ve been forcing my phone to learn “woah” for years!
someone told me I looked like a model today 0:-)
a model train
masturbation + ignoring my inbox as self-care
so stressed out about school funding I might puke
re: last ask, I am also not an expert on any of this, and my last reply was basically an expansion on the tenants of 1. indigenous people are the ones who have the right to educate non-indigenous people on indigenous things in a hands-on, practical way, and only when they feel like it, otherwise non-indigenous people: GOOGLE EXISTS, LOOK THAT SHIT UP 2. education is important enough to bend some rules of where sage gets to be burned and for what purpose, but only under some strict rules and with hella respect like forced onto all people observing and 3. at least some teenagers are stupid fuckwads who won’t get it and that’s not the facilitator’s fault (unless they were a white person showing blatant disregard for the big fucking deal that is the use of those herbs just so they can display how culturally literate they are, in which case they intentionally put native rights and customs in jeopardy in front of a bunch of impressionable people, a bunch of which were just not ever going to get it, and fuck those guys).
also interesting: the wikipedia article (literally the first thing you get when you google ‘smudging’) about the practice of burning sage is mostly about how the selling/distributing of sage/’smudging’ material is actually BANNED by most traditional indigenous cultural practice (but indigenous people have chosen to sell it anyway because a lot of natives have relied on cultural appropriation/the use and misuse of their sacred things in order to survive monetarily in a world that continues to colonize and demoralize and fetishize their cute down-earthy lifestyle OR white people who have already done the colonizing and the demoralizing and the fetishizing have taken to doing it without caring who they hurt), its appropriation by white neopagans/neoshamans and links to articles about cultural appropriation and plastic shamanism. wikipedia.
bisoumanie asked: Hey man. We have that whole aboriginal learning stuff Expo Day thing at PPHS every year, and there are always all these super neat things that you can choose to do, and one time I did the go-outside-and-let-a-cool-lady-show-you-cool-stuff thing and she burned sage for us. Was that, like... jeez what word am I looking for. Not... incorrect, but something along those lines?
Hey! Okay, so, she was a native lady I’m assuming? Even if she wasn’t, I think that’s the kind of thing that lands somewhere on the border of my squick-feeling because I can see the merit in showing high school kids for educational purposes.
Even though I can actually like physically see and hear the pitter-patter of little assholes running off to have really stupid conversations about it because they didn’t get it, as long as whoever did it knew what they were doing and presented the information in a way that was enlightening and respectful I don’t think they did anything wrong. Education is really important. Too many young people are completely misinformed about aboriginal junk. That’s how we end up with these problems in the first place.
THANKS FOR YR QUESTION <3