Raised on the Cherokee reservation in Northeastern Oklahoma, Vance Blackfox has dedicated his life to living "en dios," with God. He's also a leading educator on Native American culture. In this episode Vance gives us an orientation to respectful practices for building relationships with Native Americans and shares some views on how Native Americans see "Apocalypse" today.
- Indigenous land acknowledgement
- What name to call Native Americans today
- How Native Americans talk about Apocalypse
A few key quotes:
It is important to do a land acknowledgement before meetings and other special occasions.
If you know someone's tribal affiliation, citizen or member, name the tribe...
I cannot think of a better description of who we are as a people than "En Dios."
I just need people to talk about us. Learn something about us. Ask the question, learn how to be in relationship with people who are different.
Christianity wants us to believe there's only one apocalypse.
"Kill and take" was not prevalent (for our peoples). Instead it was, "How do we engage with them? How do we care for them?"
They took us away from our places. It was an apocalypse for Cherokee people and for our non-human relatives who's purpose it was to help us survive.
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