The Indigenous Movement

4 Pillars of the Indigenous Movement

  • Indigenous Mindset (contains Pillars 1 & 2)
    • (1) Understanding (& Identification) with who we really are, our true history, and our present identity
    • (2) Respect of our true beauty, skills, abilities, creativity, and history
  • Indigenous Progress (contains Pillars 3 & 4)
    • (3) Unification our people
    • (4) Proportional Representation of our people in employment, broadcasting, media, leadership, government, voting, and economic participation.

Indigenous Mindset

  • (1) Understanding of who we really are, our true history, our ancestry, and our present identity.
  • (2) Respect of our true beauty, skills, abilities, creativity, and history.

Indigenous Progress

  • (3) Unification of our people to fix common problems, and obtain common goals.
  • (4) Proportional Representation of our people in employment, broadcasting, acting, singing, modeling, media, leadership, government, voting, and the economy.

Specific Goals of the Indigenous Movement

  1. Understanding the concept of “beauty,” and how it relates to our self-image
  2. Understanding our population size and how dependent American society is on us
  3. Understanding our past, present, and possible future
  4. Identity
    1. Identity Divergence – Understanding “Latinidad” and that we are not Latino/Hispanic, but Native. Understanding that national identity does not define our race. This includes understanding that the ancestry of “Latinos” varies, and that this is a movement focusing on those who have indigenous ancestry.
    2. Identity Convergence – Understanding how Natives from the North (in “USA”) and South (in “Latin America”) are one and the same. Understanding how Native people within “Latin American” countries have more in common with each other than they think.
    3. Public Identification – This is identifying as the indigenous tribe that truly applies to you. Don’t appropriate the clothing, music, art, or language of tribes that you don’t actually pertain to.

Indigenous Identification Questionnaire

  1. Appearance
    • Do you pass as indigenous? Do your facial features appear more indigenous than any other ancestry? Do you look indigenous regardless of the clothes, jewelry, or make-up that you wear?
  2. How others see you
    • Has anyone said you look middle eastern or Indian (from India)? If so, that means you appear indigenous to some extent.
  3. Ancestry
    1. Are both of your parents at least partially indigenous? At least one of them?
    2. Is your indigenous ancestry the ancestry you identify most by?
      • If not, do you identify at least as Mixed-Indigenous?
  4. Indigenous Relationships –
    1. Do you spend time with people who identify or fully pass as Indigenous?
    2. Do you treat men, women, and other relatives of Indigenous descent the same as you treat those of different ancestry? Meaning, do you believe that our people of indigenous ancestry are just as attractive, intelligent, and honorable as those of other ancestries?
    3. Do you criticize or bring down others who have Indigenous ancestry?

What is an “Indigenous” Business, Artist, Company, or Organization?

  1. Owner – owner identifies and passes as indigenous.
  2. Owner has pride in indigenous culture – this means the owner of the business is actually interested in the indigenous movement and isn’t simply identifying as indigenous to boost sales. It’s not enough to simply say you’re Latino/Latina/Latinx, but rather to identify as Indigenous.
  3. Owner identification with product – the owner has ancestry from the group that the product is originally from.
  4. Artist similarity with work of art – is the artist drawing people that they resemble in at least facial features, or skin color?
  5. Artist experience with writings or lyrics – is the artist singing about things that apply to them?
  6. Historically accurate – Product is historically accurate in some manner