When she was sworn in, the First Secretary of the Native American Cabinet also took a stand to speak.
Deb Haaland made history on Thursday when she began her post as Home Secretary, becoming the first native american to run an agency at the firm level. And she didn’t do it in the recent uniforms of many politirati women – the fruit-cut pantsuit – but rather in traditional native dress.
Standing in the Eisenhower Executive Office building next to Vice President Kamala Harris to take the oath, Ms Haaland wore a dark jacket over a rainbow-trimmed sky-blue ribbon skirt embroidered with images of butterflies, d ‘stars and corn; moccasin boots; a turquoise and silver belt and necklace; and dragonfly earrings.
Against flags and dark wood, the former Democratic Congresswoman from New Mexico stood out, her clothing telegraphing a declaration of celebration and self at a ceremonial moment that will be remembered. It was symbolic in more than one way … it’s a break with the prevailing wisdom about the female dress in the halls of power, which dictated safety in a dark suit – with perhaps the occasional red jacket for the pop. . The goal being to resemble the majority (male) who reigned; be a businesswoman and play the role of the institution. No more.
Agnes Woodward, a Plains Cree from the Kawacatoose First Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada who owns ReeCreeations with her husband, designed Haaland’s ribbon skirt. They are clear on the company’s mission: “Everything we design and create is aimed at empowering Indigenous peoples and amplifying Indigenous voices. Take up space and walk shamelessly. A story about the designer in Indigenous News Online has a photo of Woodward holding the skirt to clearly display the design.
Woodward explained the meaning of the skirt in a Instagram post.
The ribbon skirt reminds us of the matriarchal power we wear as Indigenous women.
They carry stories of survival, resilience, adaptation and sanctity.
As genocide survivors, we wear our ribbon skirts to stay grounded in our teachings, to stay connected to the land and our ancestors.
Wearing it in our time is an act of empowering and reclaiming who we are and it gives us the opportunity to make bold statements in front of others who sometimes refuse to see us.
It allows us to be our authentic selves without any excuse.
Here is Haaland’s statement.
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“There is only one solution to the complex conundrum of life; to improve ourselves and contribute to the happiness of others. “-Mary Shelley, Frankenstein.
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Despite many current events such as two notable confirmations – Haaland and “Warrior of the aggressive culture of the radical left” Xavier Becerra to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the gruesome misogynist and racist murders in Atlanta – we haven’t saved any news stories this week. Instead, we’ve highlighted book reviews, a Myanmar reading list, birdwatching in the pandemic backyard, Nixon’s second inauguration, a meeting with Queen Elizabeth and the ode from a devoted grandmother to her grandson.
Community Spotlight Rescue Rangers read all stories posted by community writers. When we find a great job that doesn’t get the attention it deserves, we save it group blog and publish a weekly collection – like this one – every Saturday at 7:30 p.m. PT. The priorities and rescue actions were explained in a previous edition: Community Spotlight: Saving Your Great Stories for Over 14 Years.
BehindTheLine revisits Richard Nixon’s second inauguration through text and photos in 1973 January 20: An inaugural photo diary. In the early 1970s, the United States was a cutting edge cultural war fought by people old enough to enlist but too young to vote. “The Vietnam War protest movement was in the foreground. But other social problems were coming of age. In some ways, the protests that day were the culmination of seven or eight years of frustration with the war, in addition to civil rights protests, summer riots and assassinations. BehindTheLine joined in 2019 and wrote three stories, all saved.
Could introduces her topic by describing a prayer rug scam she recently received “who had about as much in common with my current religious life as Charlie the Tuna should The old Man and the Sea. ” In Books So Bad They Are Good: Hoaxes Part III – Ignorance and Superstition, she discusses Healers of the Faith, by James Randi, a book “describing some of the worst, most egregious and most knowingly cruel religious hoaxes of all. Quilting historian who joined in 2007, Ellid has written 576 stories, including 174 saved, including two this week.
Even birders found surprises in their yards when the pandemic kept them close to home. Thanks to the description and photos, Linneatus details some of his observations in Dawn Chorus: My Year of (Not So) Dangerously Bird Watching. “It was the year many of us rediscovered the joys of backyard birding (and it) was an eye opener to learn about the locals … the birds and the people. I got to know my neighbors better than I had in the previous 16 years. We got closer to the birds, knowing that our neighborhood offers (a) a haven for a wide variety of feathered friends. “During his 14 years at Daily Kos, Linneatus, an ‘all-purpose enviro’, wrote 279 stories of which 12 were saved.
Public school teacher and librarian bookgirl written on a March-Madness-style book competition in Contemporary Fiction Views: The Art of Conversation. The 2021 Book Tournament pits the authors against each other to claim the prize for a virtual rooster. In the contest, readers take part in judging tests and discuss their favorite writers. “What a pleasure that in this world, where people defend racist tropes and keep children in poverty, that people also have the chance to show that they care about the ideas, the characters, the plot and the how words bring a story to life. ” Bookgirl joined in 2008 and wrote 254 stories, 97 of which were saved.
In Some books on Myanmar / Burma, Scribal explains their history with Burma, after spending 6 months in Yezin and Yangon in the early 1980s, while the author’s father worked in Yezin. After lamenting the pain and suffering of the Rohingya, Scribal offers reading suggestions for anyone interested in learning more about Myanmar. “On Twitter this week, I read the plea after Myanmar’s plea: ‘Soldiers are killing us in the streets and setting our houses down, please help us.’ What can I do? I share information by nature and by training, that’s what I can offer. Scribal, a librarian, joined in 2020 and wrote three stories, two of which were saved.
Nigerian international lawyer Irene Fowler remembers fondly his 2003 experience in My memorable moments with Queen Elizabeth II. “I am principal of Vivian Fowler Memorial College, a private secondary school for girls in Lagos, Nigeria… and in 2003, Priscilla Quoa, one of our students, won the Commonwealth Essay Contest. As it turned out, Nigeria was hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting that year and Queen Elizabeth II was expected to attend. Irene Fowler joined in 2020 and has written eight stories. This is their first rescue.
Philly526 ask readers What inspires you? and explains how her 16 year old grandson became her inspiration. “Bo doesn’t hesitate to voice his opinions, nor does he hesitate to call me when he thinks I’m wrong or has the opposite opinion. This often allows for a lively conversation for dinner. Philly526 joined in 2008 and has written 14 stories, including two saved.
Ellid’s second rescue this week, Pound Cat: The Greatest Irish, put the accent on Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory, an Irish nationalist. The author, once married to an Irishman, recounts her affinity for the Irish. “I always enjoy good Irish music, good food and writing. Yeats, Synge, Binchy, Stoker, Wilde, Ethna Carbery and Brendan Behan and James Joyce and Seamus Heaney – these are writers any country would proudly claim, a legacy that many might envy… And then there was Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory, who could rightly be called The Mother of All… Widowhood may have sharpened his power of observation and gave him the loneliness of writing, but it also brought an unexpected gift, which would change the literary and political fate of his homeland: a passionate love for folklore, the Irish language and people. . “
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