Even today's barometric headache doesn't obscure the fact that I had a Good Day!
I went downtown to get some supplies at the art supply store, then I stopped off and visited two friends who own a store, then continued on to Starbucks to meet with my friend Robert. Over iced tea, we celebrated his contract with CBC TV, and his job on Marketplace. It's his dream job. He became a journalist because he idolised the show's anchor, Wendy Mesley (a household name here). R. is young, has had a hard life, but he put himself through U of Toronto, became a journalist, and worked very hard. Along the way he had to put up with a lot of racism because he is Native, but he ignored it and didn't let it stop him. There is racism against the Native peoples, and there is patronizing by those who look at them as some kind of noble savage (the kind who tell you their spirit guide is a Comanche Chief or Hiawatha!!!). Either way, American Indians have survived a brutal and genocidal history, and frankly, those who despise them and are prejudiced against them should remember this was their land, their home, first. Yes, I feel very strongly about this subject.
At the CBC, Robert told me no one has asked him "what" he is, it's not an issue. Which makes him happy; he just wants to be like everyone else. No, I said, it isn't and shouldn't be an issue.
Meanwhile Adam Beach is starring in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. Let me tell you about Adam (also an occasional character on Law & Order). When I first met him, I greeted him in Navajo, and he did a double-take then it dawned on him and he gave me this huge smile. The reference was to his role in WindTalkers. He gave me a quizzical look, and I said No, I'm a belagaana (Navajo word for non-Indian). He is the nicest, sweetest (and gorgeous) man around!! What I adore about his character on Law & Order, in which he plays a cop from another NY precinct, is that they don't say a word about the cop's background. The only giveaway is when the character says his ancestors built the skyscrapers (read: Mohawk, because they can go to great heights and never feel dizzy). Probably most people wouldn't know that reference, but that's OK too!
I know what you're wondering about at this point: She speaks Navajo??????
Have a peaceful day!
Edit.: My Navajo is rudimentary. I met Adam Beach at the annual powpow in downtown Toronto. He is not Navajo, he's from Western Canada, and I forget his Native credentials! My "feeling" for Natives is lifelong. I don't know where it came from; it's always been there.