Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!
Columbus Day is increasingly celebrated as the Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the U.S.; for me that’s going to be the case from now on. Furthermore, I’m going to be following, listening and reading more indigenous creatives throughout the year and not just on Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
However, as a citizen of a small nation surrounded by larger ones whose cultures and languages have seemed poised to swallow ours for centuries, I feel enormous compassion towards any groups who have to struggle to retain their identity and who are underrepresented in public discussion or government.
Differences rock, y’all. Our differences are why humanity has come this far as a species. Differences are essential to a vital future.
So, again: Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!