re tourism and the #indigenous

I’ll just say this:

I really, really long for the day when settlers turn their gaze away from us and how we experience our commodification as indigenous people and how does it affects us because the answer is easy: IT FUCKING SUCKS.

Instead there are a lot more pressing questions to be asked from other settlers:

How does the normalization of the indigenous as a commodity affect themselves?

What kind of ideas about humanity that doesn’t quite look like their own does it beget and reinforce when the indigenous is presented to them as a product, something to consume?

Can you normalize the dehumanization of another and stay human?

And above all, why do the indigenous stay the objects of these studies?

How do you justify keeping that gaze upon us when that gaze has already been established to be problematic as fuck and is actually the root of our marginalization?

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