Spent 3 days visiting 6 Native Indigenous sites in Michigan, 5 sites of previously inhabited Ottawa and Ojibway villages and the Ojibway Museum (Ziibiwing Center, done by Indians for Indians, luckily others are invited). Overwhelming feelings of happiness as one could imagine children running among the trees, campfires and wigwams. Museum showed paleo-indian technology and craft, amazing and beautiful as far back as 10,000 BCE: ornate jewelry, cloth, tools, clothing and homes. Very mobile people.
Every time there is a return to these sites there is a critique of our society from the perspective of simplicity and living close to nature. Renewed desire for a sociality of life-affirming peace and joy, for dance and making things. As if just being in the place of these ancestors gives an energetic boost. The ability for people to work together as self-governing units is easily visible. Not that far from the anarchist communes in which I’ve stayed.
Signs on the reservation referred to the situation of domestic abuse. Research shows 3 out of 4 violent crimes involve alcohol and drugs. Continued endorsement of alcohol-free practices. Further thought about medicinal use of natural substances. Also about sedentariness and nomadism.