Haa Aaní

Haa Aaní: Our Land

We can blame ANCSA; but colonialism is perhaps the clearer culprit here. We were forced to trade in resiliency for dependency. There’s no reason we couldn’t have kept our sustainable fishery harvests, maintain our traditional tribal territories and still enter the modern age. The problem was that this didn’t allow the US to extract resources from our lands at a profitable rate. So ANCSA was born so that we’d do it to ourselves on behalf of the colonial empire. Now we rape our own lands, destroy the watersheds that give our lands life, and live in the shadow of global capitalism.

About Vince

I am a Tlingit, born and raised in Tlingit Country, and a proud member of the Tlingit Nation.
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1 Response to Haa Aaní

  1. Frank Hopper says:

    Sealaska says in their website that the only problem with clear cutting is that it’s cosmetically unpleasing, or some nonsense like that. Our culture used to honor trees and make offerings to them. Who would have thought that our own people would participate so strongly in the wholesale slaughter of old growth rainforest? It’s as if we are cutting out our own heart.

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