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This post includes written and vocal samples about tribal affiliation.

For what it's worth, Wazí Aháƞhaƞ (Pine Ridge) is the reservation where my father's brother has kin by marriage. Yes, that's complicated. It's also perfectly ordinary for tribal people to trace connections through long trails of relatives.

On my mother's side, our Cherokee ancestor, we don't know who she was.  She was one of the ones who survived by assimilating.  But I am still finding bits of things, all this time later, where family traditions overlap Cherokee culture.  Burying fishheads in the garden, that one was obvious!
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Here's a fascinating article about Native American superheroes

I like Cherokee!Superman, but I think my favorite is "Tewa Tales of Suspense" (I never get tired of seeing people beat the stuffing out of invaders) followed by Captain Paiute.

Over in Terramagne, my indigenous soups include the Native Alaskan superheras in "The Hand of Sedna," and they mention Katsina who is Hopi. The Iron Horses are an intertribal motorcycle gang, based on the challenges faced by people of mixed heritage.  There's a glimpse of them in "Turning Leaves."  Fireheart, introduced in "Glorious Accidents," is Aboriginal Canadian; he and his wife Jackie Frost (French-Canadian) have a daughter named Aurora.  The super-gizmologist Thingamabob has Native American heritage but has assimilated to where the only sign of it is her appearance: copper skin and straight black hair.  A fair number of other people have a trace of native ancestry, and I note it in character sheets when I know about it.
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If you don't like how other people portray you, then represent yourself!  That batch is from Africa.  Don't let other people control the conversations about you, your  people, your homeland, or whatever else they're busy botching.  Speak up.

As a writer, I heartily approve of this.  It makes research easier and more effective.  One challenge I face in writing diversity is that most references aren't diverse.  They've heavily slanted.  If I search "African women" I get A) pr0n and B) pity pr0n.  This is not helpful when I am trying to find, say, a picture of a Nigerian woman or a park ranger.  Projects like the one above help broaden the material available.  Then I can do a more accurate rendition of Africa even though I haven't visited it in this life. What makes an African city distinctive from an American or Russian or Chinese one?  What about the landscape is unique?  I need sample of more than just giraffes!
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Right now there's a rash of church burnings that targets all or mostly black congregations. There are things people can do to oppose that ...

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So nobody in power wants to admit that burning black churches counts as a hate crime.   Or terrorism.  Hey, let's get some black folks to comment on how they feel about assaults on black churches.  Now there's a clue.
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So this is what the President did at the funeral.

In a rare moment, I actually feel represented.  Man knows his roots.  And when a hate crime leads to moments like this, you know that the forces of hate are, in fact, losing.  That's why a bunch of folks are smiling at a funeral.
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This poem is from the October 2014 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "building (verb)" square in my 9-30-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Don't Try This at Home series in Schrodinger's Heroes.

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This is today's freebie. It was inspired by an earlier prompt from [personal profile] stardreamer. It also fills the "panic attack" square in my 6-1-15 card for the June Relationship Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. It comes before "The Natural State of Motherhood."

WARNING: This poem contains topics that may be upsetting to some readers. Highlight for the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Faramundo is having severe relationship problems, primarily due to internalized oppression. He can't cope with the fact that his daughter has superpowers, because he has one that he tries never to use. So when a tree almost falls on him, it kicks on reflexively, then he freaks out and has a panic attack. Faramundo is just slowly losing his shit. If these are touchy subjects for you, consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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I've seen several references to Ehdrigohr, a roleplaying game based on Native American perspectives.  It's not just about the surface trappings, but actual cultural perspectives.  Impressive.  (For what it's worth, the PDQ games also lend themselves well to other-than-mainstream perspectives.)  I'd enjoy having the guidebook.
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This sounds promising.  Sacagawea will be played by an actual Native woman.  They also hired a bunch of consultants to cover all the tribes that will be featured, in pursuit of accuracy and respect.  This is how you do a good job of cultural representation.  Even if it doesn't turn out perfect I think it'll be really good, and they are certainly making concrete efforts.  If nothing else, it's making jobs for a lot of Native people.
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Based on an audience poll, this is the free epic for the June 2, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl meeting its $200 goal. It is spillover from the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "My Guardian Angel" square in my 7-30-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series, and it's a direct sequel to "Hercules and the Lions."

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Every time I read about people harassing transfolk for using a restroom, I think about things like this.  You are lucky they are using the toilet.  There are worse problems your civilization could be having.  

Black Dolls

Jun. 4th, 2015 09:54 pm
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Check out the hair on these black dolls.  Aside from my lighter coloring, that's basically my hair in terms of texture and volume.
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This poem came out of the June 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chanter_greenie, [personal profile] mdlbear, and [personal profile] corvi. It also fills the "high and low" square in my 5-18-15 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Fledgling Grace.

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This poem came out of the June 2, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "fear" square in my 6-1-15 card for the June Relationships Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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This poem is spillover from the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "supernatural elements" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It belongs to the series Fledgling Grace.

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Here's a crowdfunding campaign to publish a book about a little boy who is black, queer, and imaginative. 

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