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March 5th, 2012

salemisourking: Salem singing Witchcraft GET IT?


Salem singing Witchcraft


March 5th, 2012

"This morning, with her, having coffee."

“This morning, with her, having coffee.”


Johnny Cash, when asked for his definition of paradise.   (via rosettes)


March 5th, 2012

superseventies: Helen Reddy — I Am Woman – 1971 Still know…


Helen Reddy — I Am Woman - 1971

Still know every word. Not just to this song, the entire record start to finish. This will totally get me laid when I meet the right guy, I know it.

March 5th, 2012

elisabethdonnelly: This week is going to be very busy, and I…


This week is going to be very busy, and I need to make to-do lists to get everything done properly. It’s going to be rewarding.

Someone said in email today that they would make me one of these to speed my recovery and it made me so sad that they were joking. Because it really would help.

March 5th, 2012

thewoodlandnationalanthem asked: I got your package, I want to cry. everything means so much to me and is inspiring me to write more and do things that scare me and stretch myself and my heart more often. Thanks lady <3____<3



So into tumblr care packages!

March 5th, 2012

"[W]e use the term ‘Indian peoples’ or ‘American Indian’ peoples rather than ‘Native Americans.’ The…"

“[W]e use the term ‘Indian peoples’ or ‘American Indian’ peoples rather than ‘Native Americans.’ The reasons for this choice are simple yet profoundly important. The term ‘Native American’ was used during the nativist (anti-immigration, antiforeigner) movement (1860-1925) and the antiblack, anti-Catholic, and anti-Jewish Ku Klux Klan resurgence during the early 1900s. The rhetoric of these groups was couched in terms of ‘native-born’ white Protestants vis-à-vis those of ‘foreign’ origin, for example, Catholics. There was even a political party known as the Native American Party. Thus, whereas popular culture may refer to Indian peoples as Native Americans, we feel it is important to separate this group from the white supremacist terms used by the nativist movement. Moreover, we seek to defuse the specious argument made by some that if one is born in the United States, one is a native American, thereby dismissing the unique situation and status of American Indian peoples. Indian peoples encompass a variety of tribes, each with its own history and different structural relationships with the U.S. government. Finally, many native Hawaiians consider themselves Native Americans. Although not grouping native Hawaiians with American Indians in the 2000 census, the U.S. Census Bureau, after years of grouping native Hawaiians with Asians, put them in a new category with Pacific Islanders.”


Paula D. McClain and Joseph Stewart Jr., Can We All Get Along?: Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Politics

I admit to being guilty of using the term “Native American” because I thought it was the preferred nomenclature of American Indians, while being partially unaware of its white supremacist origins, and incorrectly crediting the term “Indian” as a prejudicial comparison of American Indians to Desi Indians by the British. I feel terrible. The more you know….

(via mohandasgandhi)

I had no knowledge of the white supremacist origins of “Native American.” Not knowing things like this makes me furious about the lack of proper history being taught in public Amerikkkan schools. Our history lessons are all white worshiping fairytales. What should I use? I want to know these things.

(via sapphrikah)

the more you know, damn.

(via tranqualizer)

March 5th, 2012

countrygramma: This is one of the worst captions you could ever…


This is one of the worst captions you could ever put on this photo. Here’s why:

These are old-growth sequoia redwoods. They exclusively live in coastal Northern California and Southern Oregon, and the majority of them are found in the area spanning Mendocino to Del Norte Counties (NorCal). I live in one of those counties (Humboldt). It is one of the poorest areas in the entire United States (especially the tens of reservations in this area); the unemployment rate for my home region is 85%, and the poverty rate is hovering around 75%. This is due to chronic and systemic violence at the hands of our fellow California citizens, our government (national, state, local), and environmentalists worldwide. Most of our towns are unincorporated areas (and thus don’t have municipal governments to be held accountable), and are hyper-rural (ie no access to health care, sanitation, clean water, education, law enforcement, etc). The United States’ relationship to those trees are the reason for it. 

The history of this area, as with everywhere else in the United States, begins with colonialism and genocide. Massacres of the local indigenous tribes (Karuk, Yurok, Hupa, Wiyot, etc) continued throughout the late 19th century, as did indentured labor of Native peoples. While this colonial project was part of a much larger scheme on behalf of the US government, it is both intimately tied to a changing national conception of Nature as it relates to Manifest Destiny and whiteness, as well as a more regional understanding of what those trees are. The “wild” and “Nature” were concepts used as legitimation of genocidal colonialism, and thereafter were used to describe land devoid of Indians upon which white settlers and explorers could reaffirm their white masculinity via survival and a newly forged connection to the “American” land. This land was colonized as a means to access these trees, which were clear-cut harvested to build the wealth of cities like San Francisco and Portland, often in inhumane labor camps that would eventually become our region’s impoverished unincorporated areas of today. 

Towns such as these became entirely dependent upon the timber industry, as did our whole region. When the timber industry collapsed in the mid-1960s, so did our economy. Thousands of jobs were lost for the sake of “conservation;” a concept deeply embroiled in racist, class-privileged, ideology in which Nature is conceived as separate from Society (this is logical fallacy, as concepts of Nature are produced by societal and cultural norms, and the concept of “barren” or “empty” land was only created recently to describe lands previously occupied by indigenous peoples—there is no such thing as Nature without ‘Man’). The creation of Redwood National Park destroyed our economy and our community, as more and more of the larger towns became gentrified by white environmentalists affiliated with the back-to-the-land movement. Timber communities were left in the dust. It was thought that tourism for the park would help sustain the economy, but the park has only one public access point, is only accessible by private vehicle, and has only one trail, despite being one of the largest national parks in the US. There is no publicity for the park at all. The park services recently built a building in a former mill town on the periphery of the park—the workers commute nearly 2 hours to live in a town away from the mill community, and don’t even eat their lunches locally. 

In the mid-90’s through the early 2000’s there was a similar debate over the Headwaters Forest. People were murdered over these trees. People lost livelihoods over these trees. We are now instead dependent upon the drug industry (we’re the largest producing region of marijuana in the US). My generation is raised to be criminal because that’s the only means to a living we have left. Because of the struggles over these trees, and the persistent need for rich whites to “renew their spirit” in “untouched, wild Nature.” 

We are constantly erased from the map, our struggles left ignored. This image is offensive and ignorant. Those trees, that “Nature,” has been rearranged by “Man” so many times over the last century and a half, and has been done so in such a violent manner each time, that it is truly hurtful to see images like this so uncritically propagated. It further erases us.  

Someone (I think it was sapphrikah) commented in another thread that “Our history lessons are all white-worshiping fairy tales,” and that’s SO TRUE.

March 5th, 2012

kynodontas: aleyma: Ring with hidden love messages, made in…



Ring with hidden love messages, made in France 1830-60 (source).


I am kind of speechless. Like a reliquary.

March 5th, 2012

suicideblonde: Cacharel Fall 2012, March 3rd Cacharel forever.


Cacharel Fall 2012, March 3rd

Cacharel forever.

March 5th, 2012

afrodiaspores: François (Franz) Fleischbein, “Portrait of…


François (Franz) Fleischbein, “Portrait of Betsy,” 1837

A tignon is a series of headscarves or a large piece of material tied or wrapped around the head to form a kind of turban resembling a West African gélé.

It was the mandatory headwear for Creole women in Louisiana during the Spanish colonial period, and the style was adopted throughout the Caribbean island communities as well. This headdress was required by Louisiana laws in 1785. Called the tignon laws, they prescribed appropriate public dress for females of color in colonial society, where some women of color & some white women tried to outdo each other in beauty, dress, ostentation and manners.

In an effort to maintain class distinctions in his Spanish colony at the beginning of his term, Governor Esteban Rodriguez Miró (1785 - 1791) decreed that women of color, slave or free, should cover their heads with a knotted headdress and refrain from “excessive attention to dress.”

But the women, who were targets of this decree, were inventive & imaginative with years of practice. They decorated their mandated tignons, made of the finest textiles, with jewels, ribbons, & feathers to once again outshine their white counterparts.

I was just researching this for work. Thank you, tumblr.