James Giago Davies: Operating outside the Native bubble

James Giago Davies. Photo from Native Sun News

Operating outside the aboriginal bubble
Tradition and change contribute equally to who we are
Iyeska Journal

Every now and again life jars you wide awake, blindsides you with the wholly unexpected. At first you think this is just awful, and there might be some argument, maybe even some un-pleasantries exchanged, accusations and assertions one or both parties wish they could take back.

Years ago when the internet first became available I was able to talk to people from all over the world, address controversial topics on debate forums, and a curious thing happened—I would butt heads with posters who were certain I was wrong and determined to prove me so, and over time, we would reach an understanding, and a surprising number of those people became my good friends, and nearly two decades later, we are still good friends.

I found my South Dakota breed Lakota mentality had some scruffy edges, there was a lot of stuff I assumed I knew and understood, but I didn’t. Despite all the arguments I did win, despite all the eyes I opened to my Lakota perspective of the world (I don’t claim to share yours), I had my eyes opened as well, and it can be a scary thing.

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(James Giago Davies can be reached at skindiesel@msn.com)

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