Tag: ancestors

I Belong to This Land; This Land Doesn’t Belong to Me

I am a child from nowhere, a long string of wandering ancestors trailing behind me Some forced from their native homes long ago, some more recently By war or economy — conquered, defeated, starved, persecuted They carried their wounds with them where ever they went […]

The Place of the Legless

I am the descendant of many lines of ancestors who helped to form opposing sides of some of the most storied armed conflicts in their history. Both sides of the genocide carried out against the tribal peoples of this continent under the name of Manifest […]

What Have We Inherited?

(Image Credit: Here) Recently, I have been listening to John Trudell’s talks on Youtube, and they have given me quite a bit to think about. John Trudell was a Native American activist and author. I would like to share some of those thoughts with you, […]

The Great Forest Spirit

“In ancient times, the land lay covered lay covered in forests. Where, from ages long past, dwelt the spirits of the gods. Back then, man and beast lived in harmony. But as time went by, most of the great forests were destroyed…” — Princess Mononoke […]

Blessing Your Dead – Building Bridges

During this Samhain season I’ve decided to do some work to aid my ancestors and help to connect them to the blessings of the Gods that I honor and that are close to me. I invite you to join in this experiment.

Ancestral Relations

“I call on my ancestors because I must become aware of how deeply we are affected by them, even though they have changed form. In many ways their death hasn’t stopped their meddling in our world, to the point where one must wonder if they […]

Loud are the Voices of the Dead by Lon Sarver

Racist jokes, threats about what to do if a sister or an aunt were to date a black man, and the casual assumption of white superiority were as much a part of the atmosphere as oxygen. I’ve spent the last twenty-five years actively trying to […]

Roots & Branches: One Small Twig by Sam Jackson

I often jokingly refer to myself as being “Whasian” (White Asian) instead of biracial. I didn’t know the full extent of my “Asian-ness” until I received my DNA results. I had always considered my mother to have been of Pakistani and Indian origin. Little did […]

Roots & Branches: Little Boxes by Sam Jackson

In a dream, my purported Cherokee forebear, Timothy Brown, stands at the head of a long line of people. His dark skin is careworn and he has deep lines in his brow. His face has a somber expression and his eyes seem to be focused […]

Roots & Branches: March of the Ancestors by Sam Jackson

I’d like to think that each of us, in our own time, comes to a point in our lives when we want to know where we came from. For some of us, tall tales of fabled ancestors don’t always satisfy our desire to learn more […]