Attended and Presented at the Native American Indigenous Studies Association Conference this past week
It was pretty... inspiring. It was also a bit of a kick in the pants. It reminded me what TIME can do. If you take the time to concentrate on what you are learning, what you are passionate about and what you want to do, TIME can afford you the space to create new things (new scholarship, new outlooks, new approaches). And to see the things that other people have done and are doing... was amazing.
Plus there were a million billion books I wanted - I'm putting them on my Good Reads list... ahem... if someone is feeling generous.
Best quote I heard while at the conference "read everything and publish constantly."
Exactly... now back to my regularly scheduled programming of checking my email (kidding -- back to my reading...)
We also had punch and pie.
It's the community that happens when you're all sitting together in a two hour long session listening to each other.
And I... like many others was just glad that when I was finished presenting nobody threw their hands up in the air and went "what kind of messed up poo are you talking about here lady? You don't even belong in this field and everything you just said is the worst scholarship I have ever heard. I literally have lost 20 minutes of my life, which on my death bed, I will cry out to the heavens that I deserve at least 20 more minutes of time with my loved ones because of the time I wasted here... tonight."
It's the nagging feeling in the back of your head right? You could see the relief on everyone's faces once they were done and we all went "wow, that was really good."
Because - we are all smart enough, good enough, and dog gone it... we belong here.
For more information about NAISA click here.
Cutcha Risling Baldy is an Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies at San Diego State University. She received her PhD in Native American Studies from the University of California, Davis. She is also a writer, mother, fan of "The Good Wife" and "The Walking Dead", who likes to go for long walks on long piers...
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