For those of you who were real concerned about my dirt patch earlier in the summer, my garden had an epic glow up. Almost time for harvest season. If it went bust I was tempted to sneak up the hill and help myself to my daughter-in-laws garden, that did really well this season.
I'm hoping to save the seeds for expansions into an eventual community garden in Mandaree or help any relatives who are interested in raising our old varieties of corn, beans, squash and sunflowers. Food sovereignty is vital to the future of Native Nations. As Nueta, Hidatsa and Sahnish people, we have a legacy of cultivation that we are now revitalizing. It represents the persistence of our tribal nations and signals a brighter future for those generations to come. @reclaimyourpower #nativenationsrise#Nueta#hidatsa#arikara
Cheesin' with @joshthunderrrrr at a conference when we're not too busy looking majestic AF or stoic to avoid stupid ass questions. Being a historian in academia is hard as hell, being native adds a whole new dimension. People like to tell you about the time they met some native person or their "native friend" or expect you to be an authority on all of ndn country. They ask obscure questions about early 20th century anthros that did a study on some group you've never heard of. They employ Marxist theory to try and explain your tribal nation pre-contact. It's an absolute shit show. @littlejohn333 seems to get the worst questions out of all of us. @sir_aqualeaf is the actual all seeing all knowing authority on ndn country so if I dunno something I just make something up and say I heard it from Neil and that it's what the Navajos do. 😂😉 It's a solid strategy. There's also very few of us. So we gotta stick together. Be happy for native colleagues and relatives in academia. There are too few of us to criticize one another. We're trying to hang in there and do the best we can. There are a ton of people I didnt mention but you're all doin a damn good job, hang in there relatives #nativesinacademia#indigenous#native#hidatsa#tongva#oglala#tbt
It was such an amazing birthday this year! Spent some time with some of my favorite little people. My usual helpers blew out the candles, glad they're here to help such an old man and his old lungs. 28 years old and still no beard, but there's always next year. Thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes!
My grandma Birdsbill said we both were "the most handsome people" at the gathering today. So it must be true and we made sure to take a pic! My grandma is 99 years young and is an OG Cherokee who went to school at Haskell. Some of my earliest memories are of her and my grandpa Birdsbill, who let me get away with everything, even tho of course I was an absolute angel at all times
Maabiizagidz! It's a darn good day today! We had the ground breaking for our new MHA interpretative center that will serve the community by having a learning space that reinforces the importance of our language, history, and culture. They even put me next to my grandpa Emo. I'm shaking his hand and it looks like I'm asking for his vote. We even got to keep the hard hats and shovels so I'll be using my hat for whenever it hails out in Mandaree. #Nueta#mandan#hidatsa#arikara#mhanation#native#indigenous#nativenationsrise
@joshthunderrrrr and I are starting a portrait series titled "before the bowl cut" that will feature nostalgic photos of our braid/s for days before we start rockin bowl cuts in order to bring back this iconic look. @littlejohn333 will be doing a separate series in hopes of revitalizing the jerry curl.
I got a wonderful visit from @ambermorningstar who is pretty much a huge deal and instafamous! Such an amazing week showing her around the old homeland. We spent the week laughing and swapping stories. I almost killed her in the badlands on a hike but she's a pretty darn tough Choctaw! @nativesoutdoors
Being a Hidatsa/Mandan really has its benefits, my granddaughters think I'm a big deal. Everyone had their own drawing tablet but noooo we all had to draw on the same one! I was busy answering a million questions from the names of types of butterflies to how a septic system works.
It's not easy being the favorite. We're the unsung heroes. Don't be just another grandkid. Grandma's are like the ultimate hype-man. I'm getting back home today thinking I'm kinda a HUGE deal. Only a matter of time before my brothers knock me down a few pegs
Wonderful wedding weekend in Washington! Some alliteration for ya. Got to see our close family friends who are basically our family. Nothing like hanging out with a buncha Navajos in Washington. Disclaimer: *This doesn't mean I'll be cutting down on my Navajo jokes*. Congrats to Hailey and Bill!
Always share knowledge with your relatives, even if you're like me and don't know a damn thing about anything. It's important to share what you know, however little it may be.
Survived the heat today with one of my younger relatives. He was a real trooper and trudged along the whole way with me through our ancestral villages even tho it registered 107 with the humidity. #mandan#Nueta#hidatsa#native#indigenous#wearestillhere
Just weeding; while daydreamin' about treaty rights, language revitalization, decolonization and how the hell I'm gonna get rid of all these pocket gophers. If someone could bring me a bullsnake, I'd really appreciate it. So far cussing them out isn't working. Even offered them a warm sunkist, no takers @reclaimyourpower #allnationsrising @ndninspired
I got to spend the whole day with this guy! His favorite pastime is muttering to himself about whatever he's doing and saying periodically, "now, now, let me think..." He cracks me up. I aspire to be my father, he's the ultimate honey badger and honestly doesn't give two shits what people think. He orders off menu and thinks most movies are either "too fakey" or "too intense". He's the best Pop you could ask for and I'm glad we look alike. He's not allowed to get old because Twin and I still need him as our legal counsel and to file our paperwork. Hope everyone had a great father's day!