Confronting Loss While Rediscovering Traditions
Many of the stories submitted have focused on feeling disconnected from tradition by a series of forces. These forces are not unfamiliar to any of us. Religious oppression, removal of Native peoples from their homelands, and the growing urbanization of their traditional spaces have created a rift between families, communities, and heritage. However, in these sentiments of loss were also stories of rediscovery and renewal; stories of the pathways that Native Americans are rediscovering that lead back to their cultural traditions, languages, lands, and heritage in a modern landscape.