Violence is not just hitting someone in the face. Violence is passing legislation and policies to deny a sick persons access to healthcare. Violence is removing peoples autonomy and the ability to have safe abortions. Violence is removing funding for food programs that help feed the starving. Violence is dismantling housing and aid programs that help the homeless. Violence is sanctions placed on "third world" nations leading to starvation and death. Violence is the criminalization of drug use. Violence is discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender or lack thereof, race, ability, or age. Violence isn't just throwing fists or shooting people. Violence has evolved with our society to be far more cunning, shifting and bureaucratic than that.
Removing someones ability to hand out harm reduction services to help prevent overdoses and the spread of disease in their neighborhood is inherently an act of violence.
@wintgenstein @lesbianhacker I mistakenly deleted this one, last night while trying to link the thread. part 2 briefly touched on how the logging industry then went on to slaughter the peoples in different areas in order to further encroach on our land. Many natives tried to fight back and protect the forests and were killed as a result.
They began clear cutting forests and ancestral sacred lands, which also inevitably led to the sharp decrease in big game, thus furthering starvation and our lack of sustenance. The positioning of the logging mills along the penobscot river would begin a long history of poisioning and toxic chemical dumping including dangerously high amounts of Dioxin and other carcinogenic chemicals, this still has adverse health impacts on my tribe today.
The dams were built in 1834 and cut off our main food supply of running fish leading to vast starvation
During this time it was made illegal for us to practice our ceremonies or sing our songs.
3. Maine Indigenous Peoples History, Post Colonization. A thread.
In the late 1890s many of my relatives who were children at the time were taken from their homes and forced into indian residential boarding schools to "Kill the Indian, Save the Man." Carlisle being one of them. The reasoning behind this is that the savagery of the Penobscot peoples was seen to be a form of child abuse, and we were unfit to parent. They were severely beaten, tortured, and in some cases raped or killed. Their main offense for punishment was speaking our language. Or singing our songs.
This act of stealing children has had drastic effects on our culture, and how we progressed forward into the 1900s. It has led to a tidal wave of generational trauma, drug and alcohol addiction, mental health issues, inter-tribal abuse and high rates of suicide. Because of language, though some still speak it, and I am actively trying to learn it, is considered an extinct language.
1. Maine Indigenous Peoples History, Post Colonization. A thread.
There was once over 20 distinct wabanaki tribes in maine. There are now but 5, only 4 of which are federally recognized. 98% of the indigenous populations in Maine have depleted since colonization. Here are some important things to keep in mind.
In 1755 the Spencer Phipps proclamation was adopted in Massachusetts / Maine. It awarded bounties for Penobscot men, women and childrens' scalps. The average price for a single scalp was more than a teacher's annual wages during that time. Encouraging many settlers to change their occupation to murder. My scalp at that time would be worth £40.
In 1798 the first logging/saw mill was established in Maine. The Penobscot river would go on to function as a means of transport for the logging industry.
@Bashabez5 i can't even imagine the things that had to go through their minds that made them settle on "yes, this is a good idea"
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