Learning Together: Heal By Telling The Truth
Saturday, November 21 - Starting at 4 PM
Each month we are dedicating one session to a different aspect of decentering whiteness work, with our theme guiding us toward which aspect to focus on. When it comes to healing, so many brave and wise voices have lifted up the importance of telling the true history of Thanksgiving. This search for the true history is reflected in our Fourth Principle: “A Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning” and our Eighth Principle: “journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.” Our faith has taken up this work and called on white UU’s to be especially vigilant about the work of correcting stories that have caused harm. So what’s one of the ways our faith guides us into becoming a people of healing? It says, “Learn and tell our true history!”
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During the Mindfulness Moment we asked participants to think of times when they felt wounded, sad and ignored. Indigenous Peoples have had their history twisted and erased. In this song, the children want the truth of their lives to be listened to. Think of times when you wanted “the truth of your story” to be listened to and honored. Share that story with family or friends to help them further imagine how Indigenous Peoples feel around Thanksgiving when the traditional (and false) story is told.
N'we Jinan Artists - "COME & LISTEN" // Penticton Indian Band, B.C. (younger children)
You may also want to watch more of these videos from N'we Jinan Artists
N'we Jinan Artists - FOR OUR CULTURE // Seabird Island Community School, BC.
N'we Jinan Artists - "HOME TO ME" // Grassy Narrows First Nation
And here are more videos to watch and reflect on:
6 Misconceptions About Native American People
The Wampanoag Way Video to watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmisO7pdMW4
Two girls who work at the Wampanoag Homesite are filmed as modern girls and then how they reenact their heritage from 1620.
Here is a map which shows the percent of Indigenous persons in the U.S. https://www.educationworld.com/a_images/population_map.gif
Read each statement on this link that describes the map and guess whether the statement is true or false. https://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/TM/WS_nativeamerican_map.shtml