Celebrating Indigenous Peoples

Today (August 9) is International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. To honor this occasion, I was invited to write for the SAGE Perspectives blog. SAGE Journals are renowned for their high-impact and world-class research across many academic fields. I am hopeful that my blog published today, “4 Ways You Can Support Indigenous Self-Determination Today”Continue reading “Celebrating Indigenous Peoples”

What the World Needs

What the world needs is love–powerful, fierce, quiet, flowing, generous, abundant love.  Love you can swim in.  Like Nch’i Wána (Columbia River).  She gathers up gifts and returns them one hundred fold.  She nourishes us.  She and her tributary sisters have carved the landscape we know best.  She sustains us.  What the world needs isContinue reading “What the World Needs”

What We Want for You

Where do strength and creativity come from? Where do vast stores of energy arise from? Where do quick smiles and joyous laughter originate? For me, these gifts come from my strong and unwavering sense of home. They come from a loving and unbreakable connection with all lands and waters that feed and are fed byContinue reading “What We Want for You”

Lost and Found: A Good Story

In Tuxámshish Dr. Virginia Beavert’s book, The Gift of Knowledge / Ttnúwit Átawish Nch’inch’imamí: Reflections on Sahaptin Ways, she tells the story of when she was a very young girl, not yet two years old, when she got lost in the mountains. She was with a young girl she’d been playing with in the mountainsContinue reading “Lost and Found: A Good Story”

Rock Your Mocs (and Your Life)

When I ask myself: What do I want in my work and life–on this chilly dark morning, a time perfectly designed for quiet reflection, a time when Aan (Sun) pauses, delays, and resists the go, go, go push and pull that can feel so common in our lives and work. Aan is such a beautifulContinue reading “Rock Your Mocs (and Your Life)”

Beautiful Time of Preparation

I’ve been too busy lately. I can feel this in my shoulders and neck. I’m craving a slower pace–more spaciousness and sweet, easy fun. Space in my calendar. Space to breathe on my journey of life. I know this feeling. I know it’s time to pause from the busyness of life and do one thing.Continue reading “Beautiful Time of Preparation”

Returning to Ourselves

I’ve been asked to write about my greatest hope for Indigenous education research. Of course, we do research to understand the past, to have a more meaningful present, and to work toward a more loving, just future. At least that is my understanding of the purpose of research. Sometimes research is done with good intentionsContinue reading “Returning to Ourselves”

Warm Welcome

Yesterday in our Sapsik’ʷałá Seminar, Yakama Elder and “Super Auntie” Tux̱ámshish Dr. Virginia Beavert reminded us about the importance of welcoming students to our classrooms and welcoming guests to our meetings. She encouraged us to make sure people have water to drink and a little snack–something low in sugar, as so many people struggle withContinue reading “Warm Welcome”

Notions of Time

Greetings, The Auntie Way blog readers! I’ve been thinking a lot about our notions of time and time management lately. Perhaps it is the longer days of summer (where I live it is summer now) that are encouraging me to do so. I love summer, with sun’s long workdays–all that sunshine (and chirping birds!) inviteContinue reading “Notions of Time”