10/8-10/13 Week 8 Blast for Educators
Celebrating Indigenous People’s Day
In a country and in a time where white, male, misogynist figures are appointed and confirmed to positions of power in our society - whether it be President, Supreme Court Justice or institutions that seek to oppress non-white and non-male individuals and communities, it is even more important to seek empowerment from the strength, courage, wisdom and knowledge from Indigenous Peoples. These communities are those that are actively resisting white supremacy and patriarchy. In that spirit, here are excerpts from the products of Native Hawaiian schooling. Hawai’i Pono’i is the Hawaiian state song, and here, members of various choral groups are competing to perform the song. This became a way for Native Hawaiians to protect and pass down through generations the language, culture, and pride. In her talk, He Inoa Mana, and the documentary In the Middle, Kumu Hina and Ho’onani Kamai challenge imperialist norms of the gender binary and herteronormativity. Here, their resistance is their identity, driven by the indigenous ways of being of their ancestors, The True Meaning of Aloha.