Settling

To settle to turn one’s attention to become calmer or quieter to sit or come to rest in a comfortable position to adopt a more steady style of life to end a dispute to pay a debt to fall or come down onto a surface to establish a colony in to silence by some means to gradually sink down under its or their own weight.

I don’t know what it means to live intimately with land I do not (properly) belong to. I have come of settlers, am settling re-settle and resemble.

It wasn’t very long ago this very hour, I mean.

Be like a child in the wide wet leaves of histories. Look up. How did you come to be on this land? How did your family come to be where they are? How did you acquire the resources which have over and over sustained you?

Now is a time to seek elders, families If you elder be sought, say why was this not spoken about in my home, say imagine what it was like

Who cooked who cleaned? Who chose to go and how did they arrive? Who occupied a house, by mortgage, a plot, by land grant? Lamp, drape, tome, tinker--where do these things come from? Who owned who owns who?

I live on occupied territory that continues to be resettled. Still at night I feel safe and by day, hopeful. The right to be here has been naturalized, settled, habit. Name the occupied territories inhabited. Whom will I heed, seek? What will I give up? to turn my attention to become

 

Maine- Wabanaki REACH

http://www.mainewabanakireach.org/

‘REACH envisions and prepares for a future where Maine and Wabanaki people join together, acknowledging truth, promoting healing and creating change.’

I attended the Maine- Wabanaki REACH Ally Training in June which connected me to a journey of acknowledging my position as a white settler within real and ongoing structures of colonialism. It also connected me with actions and information, and I highly recommend to others seeking out similar local organizations.

 

Lisa Graustein, Why We Don’t Wear Mohawks: A Conversation about Who We Are and Cultural Appropriation with My 7-Year Old

https://medium.com/embrace-race/why-we-dont-wear-mohawks-bacf7a71ce86#.vqbh9z4wb

‘In learning this history, I was given the opportunity to do what I think all white people need to step up to: honor our ancestors who endured and survived horrible things while also taking responsibility for those ancestors who enacted the terror and violence on others.’

 

Standing Rock Solidarity Training

https://www.facebook.com/standingrocksolidaritytraining/

See the first 45-minutes for a great foundation on settler colonialism. ‘Our presence as settlers on this territory is continuously displacing indigenous people.’

 

Winona LaDuke, The Beginning is Near

http://www.indiancountrynews.com/index.php/columnists/winona-laduke/14339-the-beginning-is-near-the-deep-north-evictions-and-pipeline-deadlines

‘The violence and the economics of a failing industry will indeed unravel, and this is the beginning.’

 

Kent Nerburn, Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder (1996). A novel I recently finished and highly recommend. ‘How can a calendar tell us how long a person is a leader? That's crazy. A leader is a leader as long as the people believe in him and as long as he is the best person to lead us. You can only lead as long as the people will follow.’

 

Michael Meade, Awakening the Genius in Everyone: When the Calling Keeps Calling

https://beta.prx.org/stories/181786

‘Elders work to create situations that will exist after they are gone’

 

Vincent Harding, Is America Possible?

http://www.onbeing.org/program/vincent-harding-is-america-possible/79

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