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I have a serious question for all you beautiful Indigenous people out there in Native Country. It’s about our overall wellness such as: fitness, real food diet, sobriety, culture, spirituality and lateral oppression aka ‘Crabs in a Bucket’.
Have you suffered some sort of negative comments or treatment by your family, peers, or co-workers because of your choice to start working out, eating cleaner, partaking in culture, learning about spirituality and/or choosing to live a sober life? Did this discourage you or not and how did you deal with it?
It is obvious the root of this issue is cause from historical trauma – but if you have a solution...please share. Try to be lucrative with your response; it might help someone who’s experienced this. The intention is not to create an unhealthy cyber space to rant and be angry; it is to share solutions. I personally have not experienced this and I have my own opinions but I’d rather ask the online native community to help with solutions on behalf of others.
Since the movement to revitalize fitness and ancestral diet in our communities has emerged – we’re not only seeing this problem with those seeking spirituality and sobriety in their lives – we’re seeing this issue arise with those who are simply looking to eat right and get in shape for a healthier life.
Feel free to share this to create healthy and positive dialogue!
About the Author
Anthony "Thosh" Collins (Onk-Akemiel-Authum/Wazazi)
Thosh is a photographer and wellness trainer from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in Arizona. He works extensively as a freelance photographer in the Native community and throughout the United States and Canada.Thosh started doing photography at the age of 15 at The New School for the Arts High School of Scottsdale, Arizona, and later attended the San Francisco Art Institute on a full-ride scholarship. Thosh uses photography as a tool to document contemporary Native peoples and their many talents and the realities of Native people as they strive to help preserve their identities in today’s world.
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