As a writer, I have come to grasp the importance of visibility (or what you might also call shameless self-promotion!). Writers write because they feel they have something to contribute to the world. I write for that reason, and others. For me it is about education, the desire to impart the light of knowledge (if not wisdom) into a sea of social darkness, especially where Native people and history are concerned. It all began when in my 30s I learned the hidden history of my own family and how they suffered at the hands of the American government, with its policies to eradicate American Indians. I came to see how my life was in so many ways a direct result of this. And I couldn’t be silenced by it like my ancestors were, drowning in their own trauma, generation after generation, and struggling to merely survive.
No, this was not acceptable. The buck would stop with me and my mission came to be this intergenerational healing. Education was a cornerstone of that process. As American Indian people we can no longer allow ourselves to be victimized. The tide of history is changing, along with the historical narratives of the United States which slowly unveils a more accurate portrayal of how this country was actually formed. It is as ugly as it is agonizing, but the truth must prevail.
At the same time, if the goal of healing is to become a more whole human being, with an identity grounded in authenticity, then we must find balance. We must find the joy in life amid the sorrow, and find ways to connect the disparate elements of our lives. I do this through surfing. There are few more direct ways to connect with the environment, and there is nothing like the energy of Mother Ocean to heal a wounded soul. This is why I must write about surfing!
So please enjoy your journey through this blog and come back and read often. It’s a work in progress and as I learn WordPress I hope to make it ever-better. I appreciate your attention.