"Survivance is resisting those marginalizing, colonial narratives and policies so indigenous knowledge and lifeways may come into the present with new life and new commitment to that survival, "
— "Careful with the Stories We Tell: Naming Survivance, Sovereignty, and Story" by Lisa King, Rose Gubele, and Joyce Rain Anderson
"7th Generation Today" inspired by Frank Waln's music
Original Artwork by Midori Friedbauer
Background video courtesy of Wix
Stories and Survivance
Daniel Heath Justice (@justicedanielh) wrote Why Indigenous Literatures Matter which asked questions that helped me build a framework for how I think about Indigenous Literature. The book explores the diverse ways Indigenous writers affirm Indigenous Peoples' presence, present, and future.
Justice explains in the preface of WILM that his book is meant to start discussions and be political; with the goal of forging stronger relationships that are more honest and just.
When I think of survivance I think of the epigraph in the preface written by Leanne Howe (@LeAnneHowe) of the Choctaw Nation, "... our stories are unending connections to past, present, and future."
The stories we tell ourselves and we tell each other are unquantifiably important because they inform the way we live, the way we speak, the way we care for each other, and the way we shape our futures. For hundreds of years, the people of what is currently called "The United States" have told stories meant to erase Indigenous Peoples and First Nations Peoples from history, from the present, and from the future. Colonial narratives are violent, evil stories that kill people wherever they are spoken. Acts of Survivance, stories of survival and resistance, promote Indigenous Peoples' sovereignty, continuance, and ways of life.