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.
jane (renville) wood
5/4/2015 09:14:33 am
Very early in life I understood I didn't belong anywhere, wasn't accepted anywhere, and was rejected everywhere.
5/5/2015 12:37:44 am
For me, I just try to lead by example. Eating as clean and decolonized of a diet as possible. I also have feasts and celebrations around traditional times of year (Choctaw harvests), and only indigenous foods are made and consumed. I don't celebrate thanksgiving. Working out is integral to maintaining positive physical and mental health. Also, being in law school here in New Mexico, I am surrounded by a lot of Natives, many of which also eat well and work out, others who don't. When I go home to the rez, it's hard to eat good. But this July when I go, I'm going to put some good food in the fridge and see what happens. Dad had a second heart attack, so we'll see if he's more open to cutting out bad stuff. He is going to start dancing again, so that's good! Every little bit counts. We need to be strong and healthy.
5/5/2015 03:52:37 pm
I eat healthy to keep a solid foundation first and foremost. I go to counseling at Indian Health Services weekly to talk with a professional. I spend time in nature observing the natural flow and try to find my place. I try not to take it personal when another Native tells me I'm not good enough - because I know that is an unoriginal wound I carry in this white world and I also work to hear the genocidal language that is working to kill us, and recognize it for what it is nd move on.
5/6/2015 02:23:15 am
Acceptance comes from within. We cannot censor our decisions for the approval of others, especially when its beneficial to ourselves and our community. Don't expect anyone to co-sign your decisions and be content with yourself. Couple that with respect and acceptance for others and you'll be fine.
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