The Return Home Quest

The warriors of simulation are entitled to tease the absence of remembrance in the ruins of representation and in the tribal performance of heard stories. 

– Gerald Vizenor

 

The Return Home Quest

  • Tell stories.
  • Write poetry.
  • Sing.
  • Teach.
  • Perform a rite of passage. Quit unhealthy behaviors.

Share your act of survivance by emailing the file or posting online, and tagging the act with #survivance.

The Fight Quest

The postindian warrior is the simulation of survivance in new stories.

– Gerald Vizenor

 

The Fight Quest

  • Mend your sacred hoop.
  • Are there events, ceremonies, or meetings in your area?
  • Are there collaborations you want to pursue?
  • Form new healthy relationships and behaviors.
  • Tell a story in any medium that reflects your experience. For example, a mixed media experimental animation inspired by ceremony. This is an act of survivance!
  • Share your act of survivance by emailing the file or posting online, and tagging the act with #survivance.

Words of Woodrow Morrison Jr.

“What you learn is that when you hit a certain point in your healing, your recovery, you get scared, because I don’t know what the rules are anymore. There are no rules. Trust your feelings.”

The New Ways Quest

The postindian warrior is the simulation of survivance in new stories.

– Gerald Vizenor

 

New Ways Quest

  • What unhealthy behaviors do you have?
  • Get rid of them by keeping yourself busy!
  • Learn stories, learn about your history, learn a language, learn about medicinal plants, or learn skills to express yourself.
  • Tell a story in any medium that reflects your transition. For example, a mixed media piece inspired by learning an Indigenous language. This is an act of survivance!
  • Share your act of survivance by emailing the file or posting online, and tagging the act with #survivance.

Words of Elaine Grinnell

“I’d say it’s worth it. You’ll find new friends. You’ll find new things to do. And then you’ll be in control of your own life.”

The Telling Quest

The postindian warrior is the simulation of survivance in new stories.

– Gerald Vizenor

 

The Telling Quest

  • What’s a story you want to tell?
  • What parts of yourself must you face?
  • What parts of yourself can you share?
  • Create your own story in any medium that inspires you. For example, a short film.
  • Share your act of survivance by emailing the file or posting online, and tagging the act with #survivance.

Words of Roger Fernandes

“The Warrior fights a battle, they become the warrior. This is when the hero does what we think a hero should, which is they fight the battle, they kill the dragon, they save the baby in the burning building, whatever. But they wouldn’t do that unless they had gone through the previous phases.”

The Sacred Hoop Quest

The postindian warrior is the simulation of survivance in new stories.

– Gerald Vizenor

 

The Sacred Hoop Quest

  • Where have your feelings had a negative impact on your relationships?
  • Work towards resolving relationships that need healing.
  • Create new healthy relationships with others.
  • Tell a story in any medium that reflects your relationships.
  • For example, write a short story inspired by your experience.
  • Share your act of survivance by emailing the file or posting online, and tagging the act with #survivance.

Words of Woodrow Morrison Jr.

“I was institutionalized, and of course I was angry. I mean there was a rage going on in there. I would lash out and I nearly killed people. I didn’t kill them, but it wasn’t because I wasn’t trying. I used to pick the biggest guy I could find; maybe I was hoping this one could kill me. I wasn’t what you would call a good fighter. I was just crazy. I wouldn’t even remember it afterward when the rage was gone.”

The Giving Quest

The postindian warrior is the simulation of survivance in new stories.

– Gerald Vizenor

 

The Giving Quest

  • Give to yourself.
  • Promote self-care by deciding and following through on something you want to do.
  • Give to someone close to you.
  • Do something special for someone close to you, such as writing a poem, singing a song, making a meal, or listening.
  • Give to someone you are familiar with.
  • Do something special for someone you are familiar with, such as sharing a meal with a co-worker.
  • Give to a stranger.
  • Volunteer your time or donate to an organization or someone you are unfamiliar with.
  • Tell a story in any medium that reflects your giving. For example, a photo of something you made as a gift.
  • Share your act of survivance by emailing the file or posting online, and tagging the act with #survivance.

Words of Elaine Grinnell

“We have our sister tribes of Port Gamble and Lower Elwha. We work together to protect our fisheries and all of our natural resources, you know. We work together on our language and education. We help each other. We may have something they don’t. We share then. That is maximizing your natural resources.”

The Retelling Quest

The postindian warrior is the simulation of survivance in new stories.

– Gerald Vizenor

 

The Retelling Quest

  • Revisit a traditional story from your culture that inspires you.
  • Listen closely to the story again and again.
  • Retell the traditional story in any medium that inspires you.
  • For example, an experimental animation that reflects on a non-linear story that is told in many different ways.
  • Share your act of survivance by emailing the file or posting online, and tagging the act with #survivance.

Words of Roger Fernandes

“Mythic stories speak like a dream–that when we tell these stories and our brain is actively involved, it says this never happened, that could have never happened, ‘I mean that’s impossible.’ But the mythic stories again, are not for the brain, they’re for your heart. And so they speak to us at a different level and the people receive them and accept them at a different level.”

The Wounded Hoop Quest

The postindian warrior is the simulation of survivance in new stories.

– Gerald Vizenor

 

The Wounded Hoop Quest

  • What feelings of yours are caused by past trauma? These might be isolation, sadness, anger, fear, and despair.
  • You are not alone. Historical trauma has caused separation, silencing, and abuse which impact us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • Tell a story in any medium that reflects your feelings influenced by trauma. For example, a drawing of yourself.
  • Share your act of survivance by emailing the file or posting online, and tagging the act with #survivance.

Words of Woodrow Morrison Jr.

“When you’re away from home… they indoctrinate you, well people call it brainwashing, but brainwashing implies removing impure thoughts, so maybe that’s what they were doing. But when we got home, after spending a year of being told that everything we did at home as bad, wrong, dirty, evil, sick, whatever… Well, when you grow up in a tribal society the non-verbal communication is paramount. So we would get home and they’d see this rejection, and they would reject us. So once you get this dialectic, this tension between two worlds, once it starts, you go back to school, you come back, the gap gets wider and wider until finally you’re in a state of normlessness.”

The Collective Identity Quest

The postindian warrior is the simulation of survivance in new stories.

– Gerald Vizenor

 

The Collective Identity Quest

  • What groups do you belong to?
  • This could include gender, sexual orientation, roles in family, roles in work, friendships, social, political, or spiritual groups, tribal affiliation or nation.
  • This is your collective identity!
  • Remove connections from your life that cause you to be unhealthy.
  • Focus your attention only on connections that encourage you to be healthy.
  • Tell a story in any medium that reflects your collective identity.
  • For example, a painting of symbols that represent your culture.
  • Share your act of survivance by emailing the file or posting online, and tagging the act with #survivance.

Words of Elaine Grinnell

“You have to be willing to give up friends. You have a lot of friends that you can party with – and then once you give up that drinking – it seems like they don’t trust you any longer. People will drop away after awhile.”

The Searching Quest

The postindian warrior is the simulation of survivance in new stories.

– Gerald Vizenor

 

The Searching Quest

  • Seek out a story from your tribe/nation/peoples. It can be any form of story, such as traditional or historical. You can hear stories by attending events, asking relations, or even looking online!
  • How do you identify with the story? What is its meaning to you?
  • Tell a story in any medium that reflects your interpretation of a traditional story. For example, a song that expresses its impact on you.
  • Share your act of survivance by emailing the file or posting online, and tagging the act with #survivance.

Words of Roger Fernandes

“The Wanderer has these questions about their life and they don’t know where the answers are at, so they begin to wander. They don’t know where the answers are at, but they hope that by wandering, they’ll bump into them somewhere.”