This post is a suggested list of the various forces at work on the Blackfeet Tribe that have caused the present “perfect storm” and keep it going on despite the price being paid and the efforts to intervene.
Some essential people have died. We miss them deeply. They were from a generation of idealists and doers. Think what they would say.
In addition to posting some things on this blog, I have a small email list to whom I forward selected posts. I was startled to get this reaction from Sidner Larson. If you don't know him, he's Jim Welch's cousin, grew up on the High Line where he acquired and managed a successful bar, then became a lawyer, and finally now is a professor of Native American literature. He is the author of a fine memoir called "Catch Colt," which was published by U of Nebraska Press before they caught the French philosophy fever, and "Captured in the Middle: Tradition and Experience in Contemporary Native American Writing" from the University of Washington Press. For the past decade he has noted that the boom-time Indian Studies programs of the '70's and 80's have been eroding by underfunding.
Hi Mary, thanks for this, which, in my view, is very significant.
There is much talk and some effort to open discussion of cultural and environmental sustainablility in some areas of Contemporary American Indian Studies, but it often fails to get beyond perpetuation of old stereotypes of the Noble Savage rather than address actual issues of living communities.
The what-goes-without saying, which is most everything, again in my view, is driven by late-stage capitalism, which cares for nothing except immediate profits.
The profit motive is also systematically eliminating and neutralizing those capable of understanding and articulating essential cultural and environmental issues, such as some scholars formerly protected by academic freedom.
Your post has enormous potential; I hope you develop it fully and that others see the possibility of incorporating it into their own work.
Meanwhile, the weather is just plain weird around here, and, quite excruciating again this morning.
With Best Regards,