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.”