This tumblr presence has its origins in our zine called "The Yáadihla’! Girls". TY!G is a zine for those of us who have ever, or still feel alienated by society. By giving a contemporary voice to Indigenous Peoples, we are acknowledging the voices that are too often treated as peripheral headdresses of a bygone era, while also reversing the social dynamics of a society that is sexist, racist, and has a habit of bifurcating stances wile invisibilizing entire communities. The truth is, bifurcating upon a stance only compartmentalizes our individual struggles, instead of realizing that these issues at their root are perpetuated by the same system of colonization that seek to divide and conquer.
In our zine Indigenous Peoples are allowed their voice for the sake of hearing their own story, rather than an offered explanation to a world that already refuses them (a rejection that is often felt upon reading your everyday American history high school textbook).
In this respect, Indigenous women as prime indicators of the social organism’s well-being, felt obligated to restore a sense of identity and presence in the face of violence and oppression (we are often fore-bearers of future generations: often sexually assaulted: often angry and forced into western paradigms’ of what “woman” means).
In that regard, the word “Yáadihla’!” expresses the constant frustration that Indigenous Peoples experience as they straddle two very different worlds.
And if you still aren’t quite sure what we mean, here is an exhaustive list of the things that make us say,
- Cops, Rangers, the BIA, and those of the like that support institutions that have historically marginalized our communities and cultural lifestyles.
- Council delegate embezzlers, corrupt tribal politicians, and misogynistic taboos that are invented for convenience’s sake ::cough:: Ben Shelly running against Lynda Lovejoy ::cough::, who is homophobic by the way and sees no problem with snowmaking on sacred sites.
- Domestic Violence
- Disney’s Pocahontas
- Bordertown racism
- Hipsters in headresses
- Natives who hate on other natives (Łeh)
- Elderly abuse
- Navajo Generating Station
- BHP Billiton
- PL93-531, The Relocation Act which removed thousands of Navajos from their ancestral lands, so companies could strip mine the land.
- Four Corners Power Plant
- Central Arizona Project
- Salt River Project
- Proposed Loop 202, which the O'odham oppose.
-Whiteclay, Nebraska's liquor industry
- Keystone Pipeline
- Uranium mining and contamination of water as a result of these now abandoned mines.
- Desecration of sacred sites
- Snowbirds playing on Dook’o’oosłííd.
- ALL ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM
- Educated and over-privileged folks that think natives are nothing but rich (from casino profits) drunks who free load off the system; who don’t have to pay taxes while existing as members of some fictitious pan-indian culture.
- The bureaucracy of ONNSFA’s cut-throat approach to completing paperwork for student’s cont. funding-- of which allows students a higher education (Nailed it!)...
- “Native inspired” fashion/ art/ music/ any subtext of design that has been stolen from real* Indigenous Peoples.
- The American Pageant history book (or any “American History” high school textbook).
- Fast food conglomerates preying upon our communities--- communities that are already combatting the diabetes epidemic, and other high fructose corn syrup foods (in food markets and gas station convenience stores).
- The Navajo Nation Government
- The state instituted education curriculums within our supposedly “sovereign” nation that teach without mention that there are obverse realities that demonstrate how subjective “truths” work to destroy us. - Jan Brewer
- Joe Airpaio
- Apoliticals who are only political when defending being non-political (the refusal to acknowledge the systematic violence that occurs within our communities simply because it does not affect them, or they benefit from it).
- John Wayne
- Everyone’s enthusiasm as they anticipate a Cowboys VS. Redskins football game.
- Indian mascots
- Garth Brooks (Barf Brooks)
Overall, we mostly enjoy posting media that celebrates indigenous-ness while obversely calling out those symptoms within society that are failing not just indigenous peoples, but society as a collective organism. In an indigenous sense, being a human is about remaining involved within your community. As The Yáadihla’! Girls, as marginalized WOC, we have decided to establish our voices in hopes of changing the state of current affairs. So again, enjoy the posts we’ve anthologized here on Tumblr.
Enjoy Beautiful People!,
Lyncia and Nadine
*real- Those decedents of heartache, abuse, and forced assimilation who have maintained survival of colonization through resistance. Thus keeping cultural life ways alive by the very acknowledgement of their existence as Indigenous peoples.
It’s that time of year again. Just say no to racist costumes people. Blackface is racist. Dia de Los Muertos “costumes” are racist Costuming off of someone else’s culture is racist. Do your part in making this Halloween season enjoyable for everyone!
But the wage gap varies significantly by race, according to an analysis from the research organization AAUW. While white women experienced that 78 percent figure, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women made 65 percent of what white men made in 2013, African-American women made 64 percent, American Indian and Alaska Native women made 59 percent, and Hispanic women made just 54 percent. Asian-American women are the only group doing better than white women, making 90 percent of white men’s earnings.
This video explains fracking. Fracking is currently occurring on the Navajo reservation, intentionally kept from sight— fracking equipment is intentionally painted to blend in with the surrounding scenery. Sadly, fracking will contaminate water tables that are necessary for survival. In addition, billions of gallons of water will be wasted daily. Water is already precious as a result of being outsourced to larger metro areas like Phoenix. Meanwhile, the Diné people continue living their lives on the reservation without basic amenities such as running water and electricity.