Traditionally, Indigenous women acted as interpreters, negotiators, political advisors and strategists, leaders, decision-makers and warriors. – Pam Palmater (Mi’kmak)
to the women warriors around the world, you make this world a better place.
i recently heard a man say women were only “supposed to be seen and not heard” and it was the ultimate sign of the times changing. i been thinking since then about how the patriarchy is struggling with the Brave New World we are now living in.
the historical past is dying and women are no longer following the patriarchy blindly and are reclaiming the role of women as matriarchs. of all the qualities and character in leadership, men have been taught to believe that role was relegated only for men.
times are changing mon frere and the spirited and fierce nature of the divine feminine is reemerging in order to protect the homelands and People too.
in doing what’s right for Mother Earth, and established on a tender loving strength, women are returning much needed balance that settler colonialism has tried to erase.
Nahaszhaan bik’ah ni’hi’mah,
we know her by names our ancestors gave her. we, the People, the Indigenous nations throughout the world understand our responsibility.
she is our first and sacred mother.
in thinking more about what warrior societies were created for, the reality is, back in the day, warrior societies existed for the sole purpose of protecting the village, band, and family. warriors often went ahead of the village and scouted the lands to find a good location for the rest of the village/band/clan to set up their next home. the harvesting of first foods, finding another location for grazing of horses, and hunting or seasonal fish runs. all of those things still happen, however, today, women participate in these very things too.
sometimes people think a warrior is a male. however, after reading about the Amazon fires, during those chaotic (and prophetic) times, the warriors who emerged were women.
i am also reminded of the women and elders at Mauna Kea and how Indigenous resurgence has been happening around the world. i am convinced Indigenous nations are reclaiming what a warrior “looks” like and is no longer defined by settler colonial versions of a warrior.
the toxic hyper-masculinity we see portrayed in Hollywood is no longer acceptable. as we witness the rampant violence of police brutality, we are becoming more aware of the subjugation of women. it is no longer acceptable either. instead, this resurgence is a reclamation.
it’s time to see that women are not only life givers who birth nations, we are also the protectors and life sustaining balance that toxic setter hyper-masculinity tried to erase.
the erasure of women among Indigenous societies began with the arrival of the settler colonists on this continent. for thousands of years prior, women held a role that brought balance. colonizers brought with them disease, shame, lust, greed, and a religious persecution that dispossessed and worked to annihilate Indigenous people and women intentionally.
my blog thoughts out loud was inspired by reading about women in ancient civilizations. although very little that was found or left for scholars to decipher, much of the text and scholars has almost all been written by men… Euro white men to be explicit.
while reading, i found myself thinking deeper about my own unlearning of internalized misogyny and the toxic hyper masculinity associated with upholding the heteronormative patriarchy. it has taught me to rethink being a fan of Hollywood versions of warrior culture in general.
my own self awareness is reminding me is to seek out my elders and cultural teachings on the role of women. my overly romanticized views of Sparta have changed significantly. so much that i view and understand autonomy much more differently than i did ten years ago.
Indigenous women warriors reclaiming their rightful roles is creating an awareness that is working to bring back the balance needed. much of the violence we see perpetuated against Indigenous people can be seen with #MMIW and the continued erasure with the loss of cultural teaching that honor women. today’s society seems to have forgotten its responsibility to protect women and children.
in the immortal words of Tupac, it’s time to heal our women, be real for our women. he called it how he seen’em and understood the role of women because of his own mother.
in working to unlearn internalized misogyny i have come to understand that it is the power and role of women that creates warriors. as i read, women of Sparta, much like Indigenous women, birthed nations. however, they (and we) are so much more than life givers.
in this space tonight im thinking of my sisters out there in the world who are standing up to and fighting to protect our first mother, Mother Earth.
going back thousands of years to the ancient civilizations, i came across Cynisca, who was the first woman of Sparta to breed horses. she was one of the few wealthy Sparta women who was also victorious in chariot racing.
i wish for all my sisters, nieces, daughters, aunties, and grandmothers to see they got a lil Cynisca in them too.