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“A common saying in our communities is you always want to plan seven generations ahead. That’s now a pan-Indian, shared concept,” visual and performance artist Kite said. “But to me what’s important about futures is that these ideas—indigenous ideas of futures, Lakota ideas of futures—are already built into our epistemologies, ontologies. So the solutions are already there for being able to consider what’s going to happen seven generations down the line.”

zocalopublicsquare.org/2020/02

@indie i think you'd like this piece, it's not super eco-focused as-such, but, y'know,it is.

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@emsenn

Yes! Thanks, many great things here:

"If the goal of settler-colonialism is the removal and erasure of Indigenous peoples, the historian said, then one of the most powerful weapons to counter erasure is the creation of powerful visions of a future for native people. “Not just a present,” Deloria emphasized, “but a future.”"

One of the ways I think indigenous communities could be better at outsmarting settler-colonial development infringing on their territories is to get the official signposts and gates up "first" ... Yeah, leaving it all natural is good, but it makes it look unused (available).

Use capitalism to build the electric fence that can keep the cops out, yeah, but don't turn it on unless there's a threat.

I keep looking at that bridge the Unistoten matriarchs were literally taken at gunpoint from. They'd have had a much harder time chainsawing thru a metal or other gate.

Sigh.

@indie Oh! Regarding that specific barricade, it was a choice to make it out of something easy to disassemble so that the police would not tear it down and damage the very-necessary bridge.

(They still tore it down quite roughly and only stopped when it might've damaged the bridge.)

@indie Another issue is that like, Canadian government officials are lying and saying the land defenders have assault rifles.

Literally /anyone else/ but land defenders would be able to do an electric fence, but for them that'd be just the excuse needed for even more violent response, and I mean - the media is already portraying them as the violent ones, now.

@emsenn @indie they do this every time. during Idle No More blockades, they said people had rifles, but there were none. during the Elsipogtog LNG protests, they said people had rifles, but there were none.

@lyliawisteria Well, eh. Media outlets say it often, but it's rarely stated by government officials, and it's important not to disregard how often that exact claim has been used to go in and murder entire communities - including Mohawk communities. @indie

@emsenn I think it's spot-on. And not just cause I'm an indigenous future creator!

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