Some days we wake up wondering if it's all worth it in the end. If we're in the right place, doing the right thing. If you think that and you feel alone, you're not. Most of us are that way, some of us just hide it better than others. Pretend like we have it all together. But you're all doing awesome in your own way. I'm coasting by on a brain full of LOTR quotes, useless facts and the cake song from Portal on an infinite loop; I still use a goddamn Yahoo mail account for some things that are kinda important, just never changed it and I look like I have it together. Also, if some bullshit "native" t shirt company steals one of my pics, I'm gonna cut them.
Hearing all the horror stories of midterms back at the University, now I'm having flashbacks.
After my first semester of grad school I had been up three days straight on red bull and coffee. I was starting to see things in my peripheral vision. Hadn't showered, just ate junk. I turn in my last final and went home. When I got in the shower I lost my shit and I wept for a good 10 minutes. Best damn cry I've had in awhile. Hang in there all you students, don't give up, you got this! ✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽
More shenanigans from Western history conference. Got to spend a few days with some great friends I sometimes don't see except from conference to conference. Historians are kinda awesome. And Kaveh and I got to rekindle our on again off again bromance in style
The pic @nick_w_estes took was too damn good to not repost! Native historians headed to a haunted house and we had a damn good time! Definite highlight of the WHA conference! Most fun I've had in a while! #squadgoalz
Mumma and I stood in the new living room space after the Amish finished their work on the old place. We're now moving towards putting on the roof. A few winters ago we had a real bad flood and mold nearly destroyed the whole house. My grandpa built this house in the early 1950s and the Amish were able to salvage most of the original log. We're real thankful for what we were able to save and the new house is in the same spot but now we don't have to worry about our previous problems with mice, bats and the basement flooding. We're hoping to get alot of visitors when it's done so we can make some new memories.
Sitting patiently with @jaycloud3 waiting for Walter Echo Hawk to honor us and for @jayzilla15 and @roycie_young_wolf to provide that tongue rattling in a good way. We just sat there and didn't even get a shoutout. We're just so thankful we're this humble. Gift shop ran outta tobacco so we didn't get a chance to ask Walter if we could touch his braids
Pro tip: choose lighting wisely, so people can't see the coffee you split all over yourself. People hit you with a "this is why we can't go nice places!" Hit them back with an excellent lighting choice. Couldn't take any extra shots because I immediately sneezed on this mirror. Sorry Shakopee but not too sorry. #notthatsacred ? #toodarnsacred
Albuquerque has been really good to me. It's had it's ups and downs but I'm headed north to home where I can hopefully do some good things for my community and prep for my comps. Gonna miss all the ABQ peeps and the convenience of having the grocery store so close. Oodi-awa-gauds, Until the next time we see one another
Amidst the craziness of getting all my paperwork in for my comps this Spring, I got to take a small break to visit my buddy and old office mate @thatsmyskull Kaveh, the Persian wonder, Mowahed. Too bad I shaved my mustache, we could have been twinsies.
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.