Indigenous feminism is an intersectional theory and practice of feminism that focuses on decolonization, Indigenous sovereignty, and human rights for Indigenous women and their families. What types of coalitions would help support Indigenous Feminism in your community?
The article is very informative and explains the current state of the Indigenous woman right now and their history. It is hard for the women to get on board with the feminist movement because the white feminist movement completely erases them from the conversation. White feminism only benefits white women, it is not the coming together of all races to have a seat at the table, it is white women negotiating with white men about who holds the power when it comes to capitalism. This is problematic to Indigenous women because capitalism and colonization go hand and hand and indigenous women have felt the blunt force of both by being physically abused to having their land and power taken away. It is important for Indigenous women to regain their power through their matriarchy, “Indigenous feminism requires us to not only fulfill our cultural roles but also to correct how those roles have been twisted by colonization and patriarchy”.
The indigenous community as a whole has been under constant scrutiny in America and in a constant battle to be recognized as people in America. Living in a society that prides itself as accepting of all from all countries, deems them as weird because of their culture is ironic since America is built on the differences that everyone brings. In America, indigenous people are persecuted in a Patriarchal society that undermines women and those who are different, indigenous people have been fighting an uphill battle but they keep fighting. Coalitions that can be formed to help indigenous feminism would be to accept and form communal partnerships/ alliances. Forming these alliances will prove to have an unbreakable bond within a community that prides itself on tradition and keeping roots to pass on to future generations. Forming these alliances will bring back the tradition we have lost through the years.
The indigenous community within America is at a constant battle of being underrepresented as well as unappreciated. Living in a patriarchal society that already undermines Women, the concept of feminism and inclusion is quite important, however, this is not the case when Indigenous women are left out of the conversation. As mentioned in the article, indigenous feminism is focused on decolonization, indigenous women's human right as well as their families. I find it quite interesting that Indigenous feminism is focused on the matriarchy as in mothers and grandmothers. I find the history behind that and the significance of matriarchy in the Indigenous community to be very interesting. I think matriarchy ties into the role of women taking care of and continuing Indigenous cultures. I believe moving forward to have a more inclusive environment around supporting the Indigenous women regarding feminism just by eliminating the language around feminism and the patriarchy that is connected to the society we live in.
Indigenous communities are often underrepresented in academia and larger political movements, it's disappointing that so few indigenous voices are heard. The author, Jihan Gireon, says, "...we need to face it: The respect we hold for our grandmothers and matriarchs, and their roles in our culture, are not reflected in mainstream society." Colonialism has created the patriarchies we see in many marginalized communities, I thought this part of the article was incredibly interesting, "The roles of naadheeh (feminine man) and dilbaa’ (masculine woman) have a unique ability and responsibility to act as translators between asdzáá (feminine woman) and hastiin (masculine male) and they have a unique ability to bring about balance between the masculine and feminine."
I don’t blame indigenous women and communities for cringing at white influenced conceptions of feminism, especially when they try to be inclusive and incorporate indigenous women into their narrative. I love how this article outlines that indigenous women and communities consider feminism their care for country/environment; care for their environment/ the earth directly impacts indigenous communities health and well-being. If we were to define feminism as equity for all, care for country would need to play a dominant component in feminism. White women have tried to incorporate environmentalism into their feminist vision by emphasizing their ability to reproduce and bleed monthly that makes women closely connected to the earth. This is a damaging and exclusive concept that focused on women’s biological abilities rather than their spiritual abilities to connect to our earth. Beyond words theory, emphasizes indigenous women’s traditions and cultures that cared and respected the environment they live and thrive off of. The article describes it specifically as “an intersectional theory and practice of feminism that focuses on decolonization, Indigenous sovereignty, and human rights for Indigenous women and their families.”
indigenous women are disappearing at horrific rates. If mainstream feminism cant acknowledge this mass femicide then they it will never achieve its goals.
In the article, the author mentions that for indigenous women, their "... cultures have survived in large part due to the strength of Indigenous women, and it is women who continue to lead today, despite not receiving credit or support." I feel like this is a clear picture of the value of Indigenous women. I think a way to support Indigenous Feminism in our community is creating an environment where matriarchy can also be present. A lot of grandmothers or older women are wise and we should create a place where they can talk about their teachings and their worldview where they can feel respected and honored. I feel like Indigenous Feminism is different from mainstream feminism today because in their culture, they were always important and the creation and caretaking of home is of the utmost sacred importance. I think also, education would support Indigenous Feminism by educating people on the important of their culture and their worldview. There are many worldview that need to be discarded or changed to be more open to teachings from generations ago when there were not so many different perspectives.