I'm gonna do an introduction, because I never have, and also just got a little influx of follows as well as the influx of users from india (welcome its great to have you)
Hello, I go by bashabez, bashabez was the first known penobscot chief that had interaction with colonizers. I am panawebskewi, from the penobscot nation. I am a community organizer and activist focused on furthering the goals of decolonization, antifascism, antiracism, and currently work for a nonprofit that utilizes wabanakik cultural traditions as tools for community building and healing.
I post a lot of serious things dealing with indigenous resistance, activism, news stories, my stances and occasioanly threads on a variety of different subjects, im very politically oriented.
Im kinda shit at CWs but i'm trying to be better about them.
I also post a lot of cursed shit, and things I find absurd and funny. I post bad jokes.
My real name translates to friend to all, and i feel it fits.
@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.
It's almost as if the federal poverty level is an arbitrary percentage/income level/set of standards that the government created that have nothing to do with actual security or freedom from the possibility of economic crisis and instead exists in order to deny government benefits and aid to the clear majority of people living in poverty
the year is 2073, we are all gathered around a campfire sharing ghost and horror stories, it's my turn as the elder to share. I begin to speak in a solemn monotone voice filled with dread and unease, I start telling the children about something called "gender" they are terrified by the implications of the concept
@Bashabez5 that CW is too powerful
as are the protectors 👍
this has strong fediverse energy
@Bashabez5 heed my words, this is the post that will one day destroy the entire fediverse. even if you delete it, it's too late, someone out there has a screenshot of it by now.
Native American / indigenous liberation and empowerment
Wabanaki - pαnawάhpskewi
Organizer / Activist
Shitposter of cursed things
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