I never want to be seen as an equal to settler society.

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I never want to be seen as an equal to settler society.

Nor do I ever want to be seen as an equal in the eyes of the colonizer.

And I never want to be seen as “successful” within colonial systems.

It started when I was young.

It was lurking in the beginning stages of public speaking, of meeting with ministers, of being groomed in this space of false indigeniety to achieve colonial success.

It was intertwined in the statements of “you are going to be the next Prime Minister of Canada!” And the “you are so resilient. This is your line of work!”

I would sit there and melt into this feeling of success. These feelings of “I’m gonna do something big with my life.”

The feelings of “I am destined for greatness.”

But the greatness I thought I was destined for was only colonial greatness.

These colonial systems…

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3 thoughts on “I never want to be seen as an equal to settler society.

  1. SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ

    Hello Melas,

    Thank you for introducing me to Andrea Landry’s indigenous motherhood, to which I have subscribed. I have taken the time to explore a few of her posts.

    I noticed that on Jul 22, 2018, you commented at one of Andrea’s posts entitled “Colonial Humour about Indigenous Peoples is not “Indian” Humour” published at https://indigenousmotherhood.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/colonial-humour-about-indigenous-peoples-is-not-indian-humour/

    Your said comment is quoted here for your convenience as follows:

    Is there a possibility for anti-colonial humor that directly counters colonial humor? I mean, satire directed against the failures and characters of the colonizers, not to laugh off their crimes but to attack their system from a new direction? I hope such a thing is possible.

    Please be informed that I have just replied to your comment there as follows:

    Hi Melas,

    Your questions certainly deserve some answers here.

    It is certainly possible and has been used by some comedians, sociologists and anthropologists who attempt to teach about racism or colonialism, to expose historical biases or historical negationism, and to reclaim certain tradition, indigeneity or heritage.

    You might not find my reply to your comment visible there yet as it awaits moderation by Andrea, given that it is my very first comment on her blog.

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    1. Melas the Hellene Post author

      You are very welcome, Soundeagle and I’m glad you’ve found my comment & replied. I will look into comedians in particular who laugh at colonialism. As dry as I may seem here within deep topics, I have cultivated humor & wit throughout the years, and have acquired an extensive knowledge of comedians & jokes. There must be some native comedian to be found: I’ll search.

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