Originally published at Medium, Feb 2020, as a #BIPOC #personalessay #flashmemoir. (Photo of my mother and son, taken by me, 1997) When I think about #America, I think of the multi-millions of #Indigenous peoples who were killed, who were raped, who had their children ripped from their arms or who died from diseases deliberately introduced. […]
Originally posted on K.I.N. Knowledge in Indigenous Networks:
by Rachel Petero (Originally posted on http://www.rachelpetero.com/tell-a-yarn/) Photo credit: Noritta Morseu-Diop The word yarn or yarning has taken on a whole new meaning since returning from Australia this week. I’ve spent the last few weeks surrounded by story-tellers telling a yarn. I’ve listened to men stand…
Tagline: “Sometimes doing right means doing wrong.”
Special Notes: Debut feature film from the director.
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Release Date: August 28, 2014
Plot: “Minka is a teenage Polynesian boy living in the heart of the city. With his P-addicted mother well on the way to going completely off the rails, three people enter his life – each with a promise – each with the power to destroy.”
“Minka lives in a home where his mother obviously loves him, but who suffers from emotional and mental disorders due to domestic violence and intergenerational trauma. She has long attempted to self-medicate through substance abuse, triggering episodes where she terrorized and abused her son leaving him traumatized as well. Like many children in such homes, however, he is deeply devoted to her, serving as a keeper, a parent, his own childhood lost through having to take care of both her and himself, a lonely existence.
When his long absent father Joe returns offering him work, his mother having used all their funds on drugs, Minka accepts, not knowing what it really involves. Soon, the reality of the ‘requirements’ hits hard, leaving Minka between the proverbial ‘rock and a hard place’. While he might gain a sense of belonging through the gang and attempts at ‘normalizing the family, the ‘live skills’ Joe attempts to teach him and the casual, terrible violence and aggression often involved makes him question where will it all end. When tragedy occurs, Minka finds the answer for himself.
Originally posted on Awakening the Horse People:
Healthy seeing of the Indigenous begins by learning and untangling our own stories of displacement, domestication, colonization, settlement, and forgetting. This historical and ongoing trauma suppresses our imagination and disconnects our hearts from truly seeing and knowing ourselves. Coming to terms with our own loss of culture and…
There’s always a sense of anticipation for me but also one of coming home. Of having been elsewhere and existing, but this is the real world: a Pow-wow, wherever it happens to be. I feel a sense of purpose and relief seeing so many of the People together. I see the faces of my relatives […]