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08/18/2012

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An amazing adventure. Glad you were able to connect so well with all those around you. I love that every post I learn something new or you provide me something to ponder.

Thank you Dayna. I am very grateful to have gone and am hoping that I can somehow stay connected to the women I met in Klukwan.

I had reservations about posting some of my journal entries here, worried they would be misconstrued. Especially the part: "somewhere in my brain is this belief as well, that as a white woman I am somehow better than people of color." I almost cut it. For 20 years now, ever since my sophomore year of college when I took an American Studies class with Phyllis Rogers who was of both Cherokee and African descent, and I first learned about white privilege and a historical perspective from a different lens, I've been working to erase those old tapes in my head. And I guess I think its important to admit that they are there. Along with all the other recycled tapes like the one who tells me that women are inferior to men. Even though I know none of this is true...

This is the second powerful thing I'vve read this week referencing Tlingit culture. You would probably really enjoy this, Christy.

http://offbeatmama.com/2012/08/raising-a-tlingit-daughter

Thanks for sharing your experience!

Thanks for the link Angie, I'm off to read it now:)

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