Lovely article! Wonderfully written and such a joy to interview with!
Just to clarify - Living Voices is still booking me primarily for the piece about Native Boarding schools, and they are an excellent company who produce truly moving pieces. I was filling in for an actress who typically does the piece about Japanese internment as she moved away from the West Coast - nerve racking as it was initially, it turned into a great experience. Both shows are wonderfully written and put out into the community with great care, and I'm proud of the work I've done and continue to do with them! :)
Well said, Jesse:)
Not all Blackfeet warmly welcome "the boom." No one should feel ashamed for needing or being thankful for the money they've received, that need stems from a long history of exploitation of our people. However, trying to alleviate poverty by throwing a fast-burning buck at the impoverished is like trying to put out a fire with lighter fluid. The need for capital will only continue to grow, and we will only become more and more dependent on a system that benefits some and impoverishes most. Once the money is gone, it's gone. The same goes for the land. Our land is what makes us Piikuni, it is what taught us our ways and gave us our language. Our land outlives us as individuals, and is always there to care for the next generation. Our land is going to suffer the long term effects of our short term needs, and therefore our descendants will suffer the same. This land has been here longer than we have, and this period of our history as Piikani is miniscule in comparison to our whole history in this place. I hope council will be reformed to stop turning-over every three years so some long term, sustainable solutions to our contemporary struggles can be explored. We're led by a form of government (tribal and federal) that seems to think only to the end of their term, and I hope that more will begin thinking the way many of our elders wish us to: with the next generations always in mind.
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