reply to post by DaddyBare
I wish my ancestors would have at least kept our ancestral language alive.
In some of the families from the Old Country, kids were punished for not speaking english at home as well.
In public, I do believe that the "common" language should be used BUT at home the old ways should be kept alive.
Got no past, then you got no future. Ist all about heritage.
I've always thought that you native folks got a raw deal. Taking yalls kids away from your people to be "anglicized"? That was insane.
I'm not even going into the Ghost Dance.
Some cat down in Austin was (imho) trying to make a point by speaking spanish at a government event. Cant remember what it was about. he was being an
ass. He has been here for 23 freakin years. I guarantee he knows english. Thats just rude.
An official called him on it (rightfully so). Now that official is being called "intolerant" and "racist".
Had that person been me speaking German, would this official been given flak? Doubt it.
Were I to be in the Fatherland (my German isnt great), I would at least attempt to speak as much as I could in such a situation. Were I in (god
forbid) Mexico, I'd do the same. Its just respect for where you are.
At home, we try to speak the old language (butchered as it is). Bringing back what was lost.
Respect for our people. We are learning and building.
I hope you do the same with your kids. You have much more to loose than I. Your language is much more likely to die. Every generation will
strengthen it. Keep it alive! Make sure the kids remember!
As an aside, we went to a "pow wow" at a giant flea market called Traders Village.
My wife has a little bit of Lakota blood. Doesnt look it but (somehow) some of the old ladies "made" her. Kinda weird.
We expected a legit religious ceremony. It was anything but.
they were christianized. we were PISSED!
One warrior (and he WAS a WARRIOR!) got it! He was the only one that was "tuned in". Everyone else did the dance. They were fine. With him? you
could FEEL what he felt! Its was a sort of "empathic" thing. Its hard to explain. It wasnt so much what or how he did. I dont know how to explain
it. he "brought down" the energy.
I was both proud for him and sad at the same time. Out of about 20 people, he seemed to be the only one.