Indigenous is the proper term |

Indigenous is the proper term

Indigenous is the proper term

The misnomer “Native American” is a slap in the face to all indigenous red “Indian” nations and peoples. Terms like “first nations” imply that we got here “first” in front of “Americans” — usually via the Bering Strait lie that was taught in schools during the 1950s, a time of blatant racism throughout the U.S.

But through indigenous language, such as the Ihanktunwan DaNakota “Yankton Sioux” of the Great Plains, facts appear that place the Ihanktunwan in the middle of, as example, the evolution of the horse, called Shunka Wakan or “Mysterious Dog.”

Fossils show a small, three-toed animal (a dog-like creature that roamed the plains and ate grass) shaped like a horse. Later fossils millions of years “newer” show a taller version with two-toes. The latest is the Indian mustang that was not “brought here by the Spanish.”

Shunka Wakan evolution was witnessed through ancient, 63 million-year-old languages from the people who came forth from Grandmother Earth here upon Great “Turtle Island” — with their origin accounts to prove it. The Ihanktuwan come from the sacred Red Pipestone Quarries in Minnesota.

It’s no wonder why indigenous horse riders and trainers like the “Lakota Sioux” are known as the greatest horse people on Earth.

Origination accounts as preserved in indigenous languages that must be heard and respected, despite attempts through mid-education to belittle and keep indigenous people from their nationhood.

Please attend the indigenous music, dance and arts and crafts festival at Aspen High School from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 13, and witness beautifully preserved songs, dances, and languages of the numerous red nations and peoples who will be representing there. Feel free to listen and ask the surviving indigenous people any questions you have and enjoy the show!

Scott Barta