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Old 05-20-18   #16
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Default Re: Smudging - cultural appropriation or no?

Originally Posted by feranaja View Post
I believe that sometime people go overboard, to extremes, in an emotional response to a situation - declaring yoga off-limits seems like one of those cases,to me. I'm just mellow enough these days to feel that making changes is good, intention is powerful, but going hogwild with extremes (and then lording it over anyone who doesn't agree) does more harm than good.
I do agree that people can and do go overboard. I also think people presume many times that other's are in the wrong simply because it goes against their position.

It's like my family lived in Japan (Nippon) for 6.5 years. My eldest son was actually born there. We lived off base so were more involved in the local culture and participated in many of the cultural norms due to that fact. Not all for certain and many were modified as we were not Japanese.

Yet we still practice some of those customs. Occasionally use chop sticks (Hashi) but don't leave them sticking in the rice as that is basically saying it's for the dead type thing.

But it was proper to learn the customs and such of where you lived and its people. Yet once learned you didn't just unlearn or forget its influence upon you. The people knew that and it was accepted and understood.

The people who tend to have issues with it are those who've never actually been or lived there beyond a short vacation, if that. There being whichever country they are claiming you've taken something from.

Like with acknowledging Native blood(I have some too, as you know, a great grandmother) is not only good but respectful - turning that into "Look at me, I'm NA, whoo hooo" is not. Neither you nor I would do that, but believe me - I've known a few. Working for the government, owning their own home, living the whole White Privilege dream, and dying hair jet black, wearing a medicine Wheel and saying one is NA.
Because of a distant relative.
I find that really wrong.
I have a few cousins who have tried their hardest to "Prove" the required percentage of blood purity to get the benefits. Basically college grants, housing grants or other money type grants for having NA blood. No other reason behind their desires that I can find. Then supposedly getting upset I haven't been all fired up to assist them in their desire. I say supposedly for I haven't been told directly only hear say.

In the US it seems like nearly everyone has a family story of having NA blood. Yet a lot of it is from some ancestor that goes back in history and is passed down from generation to generation. Especially in the South where it's fairly common it seems. Ironically though, many are fabricated due to the NA resistance against western expansion and even earlier colonial arrival. That spirit was seen as a reflection of the struggle against the North and to a degree after the Civil War. So the same NA blood spirit that resisted then was calling for resisting again. I suppose it reappeared to some degree in a national mindset for WWI as I've seen some suggestions of a rise in NA blood ancestry at that time. Though the Dawes Rolls of 1889-1900 today are pretty much used to say one has native blood and a heritage of it that goes back and recognized by a number of nations and the federal government.
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