Native Americans: Is Exoticness a State of Mind?

Rachel Kanev was a fascinating interview subject of mine on The Displaced Nation. I always enjoy her posts when I get time to read them. Here is one I have wanted to re-blog for some time which I particularly like.

Globe Drifting

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‘Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.’ – Ancient Native American Proverb

We build our world around ourselves, sealing our existence up into a cocoon plastered by that intangible earthen material we know of as familiarity, regularity and routine. We are nestled in the womb, cradled in our prams, cared for in our village schools and enveloped away on a cloud of academia and employment – from embryo to adult, for most our cocoon widens without once collapsing. It is thus the universal privilege of he who wanders errantly, to free himself from this cultural cocoon- with one step, swim or flight, he may leap from the exorbitant luxury of the familiar into an otherworldly realm. Yet even if the explorer’s body…

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