Reflections on the turbulent life of a Native American writer. A glowing introduction from Sherman Alexie dubs Mailhot, the Saturday editor for the Rumpus, the “biological child of a broken healer and a lonely artist,” and her debut memoir undeniably embodies those attributes. She was raised on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in British Columbia, and her innocent youth was spent within the orbit of a doting grandmother.
I want to placate here. I want to be polite and present myself as decent. I know the math of regret and nostalgia. The potency of your touch times the distance between that touch and today determines the intensity of my desperation. I regret leaving you in a hotel room and I’m disappointed you let me go. This letter can spiral out of control like me, and maybe you won’t read it, because I might fail to send it or you might decide your life without me is worth maintaining.
Once on the rez I was walking my baby to a Christmas dinner when a matriarch in my community scolded me for not putting a blanket on my baby. I was shamed, and rightfully so, because nobody with a good grandma would let their baby leave the house uncovered in the cold. The woman put her jacket on my baby, who was already wearing a little jacket and hat. This offering made me feel thankful to live on a reservation, where people cared enough to be generous.
I like those self congratulatory posts about challenging racism and whatever at Thanksgiving dinner, but be conscious. NDNs are noting the absurdity of you celebrating the day with your settler family on unceded territory without any self-awareness at all.
@Spaceman_713 Cognitive dissonance and the inability to sacrifice.
I don't celebrate it. I'm a First Nations woman with a lot of pride and love for my people.
People like to justify their poor behavior but the mythology and nature of Thanksgiving will not change. They should stop.
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