Taking on the Doctrine of Discovery

What is Indigenous Peoples’ Day?

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a holiday that celebrates the history and contributions of the indigenous peoples of North America.

It is observed on the second Monday of October, thus coinciding with Columbus Day, a United States federal holiday commemorating the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492. This holiday is increasingly controversial due to the catastrophic impact of the arrival of European settlers on Native Americans. Consequently, several states do not recognize the holiday, and others celebrate it as Indigenous Peoples’ Day as a counter-celebration and protest against Columbus Day: South Dakota officially celebrates Native American Day on the same day as Columbus Day, and other states have an “American Indian Day” (eg. Tennessee and Nevada) or “American Indian Heritage Day”. The dates differ from state to state. The state of Vermont and the city of Phoenix, Arizona, declared their first Indigenous Peoples’ Day in 2016. from CalendarPedia

Often children are taught about 1492 and his three ships and not much else. There were serious repercussions to his invasion and the following conquests of the Americas. Repercussions that are still affecting us today. We need to take it on. For more information. 

As a way of celebrating and educating, I thought a podcast was in order. I hope you enjoy the VUUs discussion of Taking on the Doctrine of Discovery with Kia Bordner and Rev. Clyde Grubbs.

https://www.questformeaning.org/vuu-latest/228/

Namaste,
Cricket

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Meditation Monday for Indigenous People’s Day

Today we celebrate the Indigenous People’s of the world.

In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day, our Monday Meditation is “We Are Not Guests” by UUA staff member Alicia Forde. It reads, in part:

“Am I a guest here. Here in this House. Are you?

Are we guests here. Here in this House. And, whose House do we inhabit?

In the small world of our lives the borders between us: easements, fences, gates, hedges—serve to delineate, to separate us. To remind us of where my property begins and ends…

Whose House do we inhabit?

For we are not hosts. We are not owners.

Nor are we guests.

What, then, is our responsibility?”

Read it in full from WorshipWeb: http://tinyurl.com/y9rnyvkw

Have a Blessed Day,
Cricket
Image from https://www.highline.edu/event/celebrate-indigenous-peoples-day/