Thank you +Alida Brandenburg
This story is so painfully familiar that watching this video feels like having a six inch hole cut through the middle of my soul..
I am Maori, which is a collective term for the indigenous tribes of Aotearoa (New Zealand).
These stories are the same stories that we tell our children only with the names slightly altered, same broken treaties, massacres, abusive legislation and long running court battles with token offerings of compensation.
The ongoing fight for my people has been for "Tino Rangatiratanga" which means self government, self determination.
For me the best metaphor that illustrates what it is like to live as a colonised indigenous person is this:-
Imagine that you are a child and that your parents over the course of you childhood promised to look after you, care for you, keep you warm and safe and kept saying these things over and over again.
However instead what they did was beat you, sell your body on the street to strangers, take the food from your plate and keep you locked away from the rest of the world.
Luckily you manage to escape and live a subsistence life on the street, it is not much, but it is YOUR life!
Then imagine that as an adult you are asked again to trust your parents to support and look after you.
What would your response be?This is what is being asked of indigenous peoples the world over.
Come, trust the governments/structures that abused and killed your ancestors, adhere to the systems and obey the authorities that silenced and abused your grandparents. Laugh it off when people in power use the words nigger/kaffir/abbo and belittle your struggle to be heard.
There is a beautiful story that comes from the tribes of the Taranaki - of passive resistance.
An amazing group of Maori resisted the government using passive "non violent" techniques. This is the story of Parihaka:-http://www.parihaka.com/About.aspx
For me it is through stories of transformation, redemption and reclamation that we rise.