kararikue said: Although I agree a lot with decolonization efforts in our community, there is an inherent danger in simply identifying as indigenous especially when not raised under a particular indigenous culture: Often ladin@s end up speak over indigenous folx.
reply: Oh, Hands down, I agree with you on the privilege aspect of reclaiming our indigenous identity. We have access to institutions that indigenous folk do not, we may have light skin privilege, class privilege, and are socialized hardcore under the gaze of eurocentricity. When considering that, we are automatically more important under capitalism, therefore have more access to to the world overall.
However, claiming to be of indigenous descent is a pure act of defiance and rebellion from our colonization. It is a rejection of a sham history and a rejection of the branding of a certain calibre of human - one of mixed race while placing more emphasis on European. I do find it problematic to say “yes, I am indigenous,” which is why I say “I am of indigenous descent,” or “I am a neo-indigenista”. I use it from the gaze of afrocentricity/afrocentrism, black nationalism, indigenous nationalism, indigenism/o. My identity with of indigenous descent or neo-indigenista deals primarily with the self-determination and agency of people originally from Anahuac (Central/Latin@ America) and Cemanahuac (Western Hemisphere); while including those of mixed race who are categorized as Latino, into exercising them also. Part of decolonizing has a lot to do with knowing the power dynamics and privilege we poses as people who have navigated the world as mixed race and assimilated while gaining solidarity with and building with indigenous folk.
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