Saturday, January 2, 2016

it's about respect ...

so, i know i'm not living in New Zealand, but this guy's point about respecting culture to keep from losing heritage is so incredibly important even here in the United States.

in the UP, there is a huge population of Finlanders, and others whose roots go back to the Scandinavian countries.  there are also Chippewa & Ojibwa Native Americans here, and apart from seeing words on doors & posters where i'm working now, i wonder if theirs is also a heritage that will be lost because of people disrespecting culture, and not wanting to hold onto their heritage.

we are the "united" states not just because we decided to obtain land by eminent domain horse hockey, but because most of us came here by way of somewhere else, making this country a melting pot of really every other nation in the world.  the only natives here were the Indians!

in the process of building this country, a lot of culture and heritage was lost because 1: we didn't respect the cultures that were here, and 2: also because we didn't hold onto the culture and heritage we came from.  granted the founding fathers wanted to get away from their English King and come to a place where they could worship freely, but ignoring heritage and pretending you are something you aren't is disrespecting your roots.  worse yet, is the crimes that were committed by trying to force someone of another culture to conform to ours.  and speaking of ... what exactly is American culture?  the only time i hear of someone referring to American culture is in a usually derogatory manner and regarding material things.

my niece, Isabella, has been speaking Italian almost from the day she was born because of her father's heritage.  what would it hurt for all of us to start teaching our children the language of their heritage?  or to start learning it ourselves?  i've continued to learn some of the German i learned as a child when i lived there as a military brat (emphasis on the word brat) because it is part of my heritage ~ my maternal grandparents were of German roots.  if i really wanted to get serious, i could probably also learn some Canadian French, King's English, or Ireland Gaelige.

i'm working on some goals for 2016, and i think maybe one of them is to finally be conversationally fluent in German, and to start learning Gaelige ...
thank goodness for [Duolingo]!!!

1 comment:

  1. We are equally bad here. The language of our indigenous people is being lost.
    Most of us can say hello in a number of European languages. Few of us, me included, have ANY knowledge of the languages of the first people here.
    Sad. And bad.


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