October 2, 2020•393 words
rough draft of structure (in order to complete the essay)
1. indigenous product: in both movie and interview Donna uses her introduction by showing indigenous products. In the movie she explains her awareness of not having the right to own a a basket from Native American heritage. In the interview she shows a Abatista doll that us linked to the story of Mexican [look up village] women and their struggles with land and water.
2. the basket: she doesn’t have the right to own it, yet she is not feeling guilty about having it. She is aware of how her American history has negatively affected Native American history, an still is today. By keeping the basket, she makes sure she is staying reminded of the harm history has caused to indigenous people. The basket symbolises acknowledgement of history, awareness of its consequences and spreading the unheard stories of Native American’s.
3: touching culture: acknowledging the meaning of the basket doesn’t only touch the story of Native Americans. The moment she picked up that basket and demonstrated it virtually through a globally accessible medium, she picked up my story too. She took my history, held it up high and showed it to the world. She silently represented all concealed indigenous stories and acknowledged us.
4: terrestrial: “Living as a terrestrial being is in some sense coming to consciousness of what they always have been. We are in this together, no matter where we are positioned, we are responsible to and for each other. That’s about being terrestrial.” The Alifuru believe all natural things have a soul, which relates to what my parents taught me: “treat another the way you want to be treated yourself”. This Alifuru belief makes me believe they deal with nature by placing themselves in its position, the nature of others, by which they protect others while they both benefit from maintaining their origins. personal interpretation: my land is your land, treat it as same and we'll be as one too
5: kinship: protecting other’s nature isn’t only done within own surroundings. Pela, a ancient tradition that is included within the adat (unwritten law), means that all inhabitants of a pela-negeri (pela-village) are dedicated to help their pela-related negeri in times of crisis. The tradition started with the reason to make negeri’s more resilient against enemies and among each other.