In Defense of the Native Man

From Last Real Indians
By: Twyla B. Baker-Demaray


I recently listened to a young woman’s diatribe against Native American men (and more or less, Native people in general). This woman railed against Native men, calling them ‘aggressive’ and ‘drunks.’ She claimed they get ‘free money’ and that essentially they are worthless good-for-nothings who never leave the reservation. This woman, of Native descent herself, claimed to have been raised close to the reservation, but did not stay there or associate with ‘those people’, because she ‘didn’t want that life,’ -whatever that was supposed to mean.

Ever since hearing her words, I’ve been stewing. I’ve turned her words over and over in my head, and in all honesty I can say that it is probably for the best that I am not in a position to speak to her directly. I realize that hers are the words of an imbecilic, superfluous walking contradiction; however her rant is not the first I’ve ever heard speaking so poorly of Natives or of Native men in particular. Indeed, I’ve been guilty of such rants of my own in the past. As I’ve grown older I have thought more about my words, and those of my Native sisters, when we speak of our men. For the most part, negative words sprang from some immediate hurt that occurred; venting during some painful episode that typically resolves. Now that I am older, however, I realize that I cannot continue this pattern. Hurt can fade and relationships mend, but my words are still out there. They hang in the air, infecting the minds of those I may have spoken to and impacting their view.

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About Vince

I am a Tlingit, born and raised in Tlingit Country, and a proud member of the Tlingit Nation.
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2 Responses to In Defense of the Native Man

  1. Red Mann says:

    As a Race, now you are on the brink of extinction.
    As a culture, you, as a people have forgotten just about everything.
    What’s your “first language”?
    English
    No need to go any further about “why the knowledge has been lost”.
    You, yourselves, have been “handicapped” because you do NOT even learn your native tongues.
    HOW IS THE YOUNG LADY WRONG?

    NATIVE MEN, IN GENERAL, HAVE BEEN MADE “BALL-LESS” JUST LIKE THEIR EURO-INVADER “COUNTERPART” BY THE “CULTURE” YOU ALL REMAIN “IMMERSED IN”..
    IN THE PICTURE, the Native American men pictured EVEN LOOK LIKE their .EURO-INVADER “COUNTERPARTS”!
    All unhealthy “PEAR-SHAPED” MALES.

    STOP ACTING “HELPLESS”.
    STOP WITH THE “CATHOLIC SELF-GUILT” BRAIN-WASHING” ABOUT “WORDS”.
    Harsh words are like cold-water thrown on a “comfortable psyche”.
    It can DO A LOT OF GOOD!

    WAKE THE HELL UP!
    ACCESS YOUR GROUP “psI metaphysical abilities”.
    AND TAKE TURTLE ISLAND BACK!

    • Vince says:

      Pear shaped…. it’s sad but true. We need to bring the warrior tradition back. Eat lots of meat and veggies, and train. There was a time when all boys were brought up as warriors. We’ve ceded defends of our nations to the US and our now soft, weak prisoners in our own communities.

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