December 22, 2006

Five things you might not know about me

With unbearable pressure, Chris has asked me to do this little game. It's easy. Write 5 things people didn't know about you.

Here are five things you may not know about me:

1.) I don't celebrate Christmas. Yep, the big ol' colonial holiday isn't celebrated by the likes of OldManRivers. Although I could go into a big post about it (and maybe I'll do that too), I don't celebrate it. Haven't for two years now. It's a colonial holiday (in North America), and in my quest to decolonize myself, I'd rather not celebrate a religious practice, lie and stupidity of a holiday filled with consumerism. Specifically mindless consumerism. By my taking a stand against this Christian/Settler celebration, maybe my people will see by my example the horizon of their colonization and assimilated self. I'd way rather go/have a potlatch during that time (winter season). And maybe one day that will be a fact, not a dream.
  • My family celebrates it. Myself, my three sisters, mother, grandmother, and neice are in Hawaii Xmas. I hope to be miserable and unhappy the whole time I'm there because of it. (lol)
2.) I am not Christian. I keep looking for a word to label who I am, but the only thing that even gets close to it is "Skwxwu7mesh". Apparently I'm going to hell, but we'll see. ;) It'd be hard to go to hell when "hell" doesn't exist. Nor does, "God" "Jesus" "Angels" "Heaven" and a few other lies told to my people in an attempt to assimilate us. In the end what my 'faith' and religion is cannot be explain accurately in my language. Why? Because every attempt takes you to European languages that depict "God" "Spirits" and some form of "afterlife". But the best I can explain is: there is the spirit worlds, theses spirits in the spirit worlds that guide, help, and do all theses sorts of things. When I die, I'll be with my ancestors. The universe is self-experiencing. That meaning, there is no pre-destination. There is a whole volume of books that can talk about the life cycles of the Skwxwu7mesh people, but fortunately there is no such book. I am learning more about the spiritual essence that guided my ancestors, and myself, but there is a lot to learn because a lot was lost. But, I hope to decolonize myself, and the people around me, to give breath to the noble way.

3.) Forum surfer. Yes, I surf forums. A few actually. Mostly to do with TV shows. Stargate SG:1, Stargate Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica, The Office, Veronica Mars, Heroes, and a couple others. Am I proud of it? Heck yes. I'm a total nerd sometimes, and I enjoy talking about the finer points of some of these shows themes, messages, acting, directing, and overall the artistic style employed in each show. I used to do it a lot more, but since have scaled back on most. Down to 3-5 posts a day. But, as I scale back on TV, I've resorted to getting my excapism from the internet now. With more ways to "excape" my/our lives, I use blogger, forums, youtube, wikipedia, and other forms of outlets to find freedom that doesn't exist in my real life. By searching for entertainment, knowledge, connection and meaning, I hope to find solace out of my seemingly ordinary life (I say seemingly because, there are no ordinary moments.)

4.) I hate tourism. It's the most dreadful thing to my culture. I hate being a tourist. I hate tourism. I hate tourists. It's absolutely horrifying the culture it brings on with it. (Ya know, consummerism, commercialism, disneylandization, neo-colonization, etc.) Why don't we build a cultural center and people who give a sh#t about my culture for 20-40 minutes, come to an "authentic potlatch" with "a real salmon feast". Could there be any better way to whore and pimp my culture. My last hope is that my puke will scare off people who just want to have a good vacation.

5.) I once shot a man in Reno just to watch him die. :)

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