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Turtle Island Native/Indigenous Mastodon instance

The TurtleIsland.social Mastodon instance is Native owned and operated for Native/Indigenous people and true Allies only

  • TurtleIsland.social is a (Twitter-like) Mastodon instance originally established Dec 2022. User registrations are available through the ‘Create Account’ portal at https://TurtleIsland.social/about.

TurtleIsland.* instances are ad-free, corporate-free, bigotry-free, and culture respectful environments for Native/Indigenous people and their allies to be in community and safe spaces. Join one today!

#DigitalLandBack #InstanceBack #LandBack

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-Yehuda

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Turtle Island Moderators Need Laptops

Please donate to or share this GoFundMe if you can

https://www.gofundme.com/f/turtle-island-moderators-need-laptops

Hesci! (Hello)

Michelle and Tzipporah, moderators for Turtle Island, a group of Indigenous social media servers need Apple laptops. Michelle doesn’t have a laptop, just a phone and Tzipporah’s laptop is over 7 years old, underpowered for creative work and on its last legs.

Both Michelle and Tzipporah are citizens of the Mvskoke Nation and live on modest artists incomes. They cannot buy graphics and video editing level laptops without our help, so we are crowdfunding to help them.

They need these laptops to support themselves/family with their creativity, and moderate Turtle Island as unpaid volunteers. Please help if you can.

Mvto! (Thank-you)
-Yehuda, Michelle & Tzipporah

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Mvskoke History & Resources

Native sources

Native sources of Mvskoke history will have the most accuracy.

Muscogee Nation

Mvskoke History: A Short Course for Muscogee Nation Employees
https://sde.ok.gov/sites/ok.gov.sde/files/Mvskoke_History_Powerpoint.pdf

Non-Native sources

I wouldn’t be sharing these selections if they weren’t decent sources of easily digestible Mvskoke history or important reference materials. Keep in mind however, that information from non-Native sources may have non-Native perspectives or bias, even if slight or subtle.

For example, generally when colonizer history says hundreds of years, Mvskoke history says thousands of years. This is something to remember, even the best non-Native historical documentation has built-in bias and inaccuracy doing its best to erase or minimize Natives.

Smithsonian Institution

This is a great slideshow (including videos) of Mvskoke history.

Before the Trail of Tears removal 23 pages.
https://americanindian.si.edu/nk360/removal-muscogee/before.html

During the Trail of Tears removal 15 pages.
https://americanindian.si.edu/nk360/removal-muscogee/during.html

After the Trail of Tears removal 17 pages.
https://americanindian.si.edu/nk360/removal-muscogee/after.html

Videos

Yehuda Rothschild Mvskoke Video Playlist

Thanks!
-Yehuda

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Mvskoke Nation Indigenous Books

While supplies last special!
For ground level supporters, in other words the first three Indigenous Creatives in each category with a TurtleIsland.social Indigenous Mastodon presence will receive one 1200x675px image in the header slider for their category.

TurtleIsland.blog, TurtleIsland.social, and TurtleIsland.art do not sell anything, receive or charge fees. We do this strictly to help grow the Indigenous Fediverse community and encourage people to join us on Turtle Island Internet properties.

TurtleIsland.blog, TurtleIsland.social, and TurtleIsland.art Internet properties are volunteer led and donation financed.

Many Indigenous creatives or stores are often multi-disciplinary and sell multiple types of creative items. The best thing you can do is check out their links and take a look at everything they offer.

Authors

Michelle Joy Gallagher Soffe

Michelle Joy Gallagher Soffe is an author of poetry and prose from Sacramento, California. She is mother to 3 children and 2 fantastic dogs. Testing the limits and playing with the elasticity and beauty of the english language is one of her passions. With an affinity for astronomy and physics, she often makes correlations between the corporeal and the cosmos.
Mastodon: @Hvresse@turtleisland.social
Store: https://www.NihtgengaPress.com
Blog: https://MichelleJoyGallagher.com

Bookstores

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-Yehuda

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Decolonization is not a metaphor

This article is a MUST READ

Decolonization is not a metaphor
By Eve Tuck & K. Wayne Yang

“Our goal in this article is to remind readers what is unsettling about decolonization. Decolonization brings about the repatriation of Indigenous land and life; it is not a metaphor for other things we want to do to improve our societies and schools.”

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-Yehuda

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Settler Colonialism Introduction

Reversing Manifest Destiny by Native artist Charles Hilliard

Lara A. Jacobs, also a Mvskoke citizen and an incredibly gifted Native scientist, was kind enough to allow me to republish her incredible introduction to settler colonialism. At the end of this page there will be more information soon.

An educational for settlers on #IndigenousPeoplesDay

What is settler colonialism? What is colonization? What happened when settlers arrived? What did they bring with them?

An Indigenous version of US History

America’s “Greatest Ideas” the National Park Service— In reality they were created as a tool of dispossession.

Parks as tools of dispossession continued; other land dispossessions; UNDRIP

Genocide and tools of assimilation

Dispossessions of bodies by universities and museums

#LandBack

Lara A. Jacobs is a Citizen of Muscogee (Creek) Nation and in the final year of her Forest Ecosystems and Society Ph.D. program at Oregon State University. Her research focuses on the pathogenic and ecological impacts of outdoor recreation activities and how such impacts may pose issues for Tribal Peoples and outdoor recreationists. Lara blends Indigenous Sciences (e.g., Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Indigenous Value systems) with western scientific methods (e.g., visitor monitoring and mapping, geographic information systems, cellular and molecular biology, etc.) as a means to resolve socio-ecological issues. Lara has worked with large groups of Indigenous scholars to publish manuscripts about how land management entities can work through co-equity-based managerial frameworks to support Tribal sovereignty and Indigenous Peoples’ rights, and has also published manuscripts that focus on COVID-19 in parks and protected areas and the need to center Indigenous Peoples’ and Tribal Nations in climate change discourse and research. Lara is currently editing a book called Indigenous Voices: Critical Reflections on Traditional Ecological Knowledge that should be published in 2024. Lara holds a B.S. in Women Studies from Oregon State University, an M.A. in Environmental Studies from Prescott College with a concentration in Conservation Science, Environmental Education, and Sustainability, and a Certificate from the University of Toronto in GIS, Mapping, and Spatial Analysis Specialization.

Lara’s original thread on Twitter | Lara’s publications

If you learned anything from this thread and want to pass some funds Lara’s way for this free labor, here’s her details:

Lara Jacobs
@ecohugger

Cite Lara’s tweets and/or her many manuscripts and the countless work that Indigenous scholars have produced if you plan to use this info.

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US/CA Nations Indigenous Beadwork

While supplies last special!
For ground level supporters, in other words the first three Indigenous Creatives in each category with a TurtleIsland.social Indigenous Mastodon presence will receive one 1200x675px image in the header slider for their category.

TurtleIsland.blog, TurtleIsland.social, and TurtleIsland.art do not sell anything, receive or charge fees. We do this strictly to help grow the Indigenous Fediverse community and encourage people to join us on Turtle Island Internet properties.

TurtleIsland.blog, TurtleIsland.social, and TurtleIsland.art Internet properties are volunteer led and donation financed.

Many Indigenous creatives or stores are often multi-disciplinary and sell multiple types of creative items. The best thing you can do is check out their links and take a look at everything they offer.

Chokfi Moon – Chickasaw

Traditional and Contemporary Beadwork
Woodpecker.social Mastodon: @NasiChokfoshi@woodpecker.social
https://www.instagram.com/chokfi.moon

Thanks!
-Yehuda

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Indigenous Fediverse Instances

There are estimated to be over 12,000 Mastodon instances (servers) in the Fediverse, but there is only one North American Native/Indigenous instance with the high reliability record of TurtleIsland.social.

TurtleIsland.social

Native owned and operated for Native/Indigenous people in North America. TurtleIsland.social is ad-free, corporate-free, bigotry-free, and culture respectful.
https://turtleisland.social/about

TurtleIsland.social is highly recommended as the best, most reliable choice you can make in choosing a Fediverse instance. It is professionally hosted and has developer level support. It is a 5 nines site, in other words fully operational 99.999% of the time — an average of less than 6 minutes downtime per year. It is fully capable of celebrity or high demand users. It doesn’t get better than this.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

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Mvskoke Nation Indigenous Beadwork

While supplies last special!
For ground level supporters, in other words the first three Indigenous Creatives in each category with a TurtleIsland.social Indigenous Mastodon presence will receive one 1200x675px image in the header slider for their category.

TurtleIsland.blog, TurtleIsland.social, and TurtleIsland.art do not sell anything, receive or charge fees. We do this strictly to help grow the Indigenous Fediverse community and encourage people to join us on Turtle Island Internet properties.

TurtleIsland.blog, TurtleIsland.social, and TurtleIsland.art Internet properties are volunteer led and donation financed.

Many Indigenous creatives or stores are often multi-disciplinary and sell multiple types of creative items. The best thing you can do is check out their links and take a look at everything they offer.

Cvkvlv.com Beadwork – Mvskoke

Tzipporah Rothschild-Manory, a Mvskoke and Jewish artist, photographer, and beader. Follow them here, on Mastodon, on Instagram, and their Online Store to watch their beading journey. Header image has examples of Tzipporah’s beadwork.
Mastodon: @Tzipporah@turtleisland.social
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Cvkvlv
Online Store: https://Cvkvlv.com

Weso Beading – Mvskoke

Jo Wilson, Mvskoke made on the Muscogee Creek Reservation
Mastodon: @MvskokeAuntie@turtleisland.social
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Weso_Beading

Bumble Bee Beading – Mvskoke

Native Beader in the PNW
https://www.instagram.com/bumblebeebeading

Deerwoman Dezigns – Mvskoke

A Colorful and Unique Mvskoke Beadwork & Art Boutique
https://www.etsy.com/shop/DeerwomanDezigns

Krystian Sisson – Mvskoke

Beadwork artist, illustrator and painter
https://www.instagram.com/reddirtbeadwork

Wotko Moon – Mvskoke/Mojave

Beadwork predominantly and also graphic design, painting, mural work
https://www.wotko-moon.com

Thanks!
-Yehuda

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Cvkvlv.com Beadwork Grand Opening

New Native-American beadwork online store now open

Tzipporah Rothschild-Manory, Muscogee Nation citizen, today announced with great excitement that Cvkvlv.com Beadwork is now ready and open for business.

In celebration, their first collection of unique handmade Native-American beadwork is now available for purchase. As of this posting, there are 12 individual sets of earrings in stock and ready to ship!

Be sure to reach out to Tzipporah on @Tzipporah@turtleisland.social (Mastodon), Instagram.com/Cvkvlv, or Cvkvlv.com if you have any questions.

Mvto!
-Yehuda

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