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.”

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