Repost from: @jessa_songwriter
While we may not feel we need the permission of colonizers to move accross the land our ancestors have traveled and traded on for countless centuries, we do and we must enter with the permission of our indigenous relatives. That is respect and that is what will create unity among Natives. 🔼
All Natives from Alaska to Tierra de Fuego are connected genetically by the #9RepeatAllele. Many are further connected by language families, medicine and spiritual teachings. But in my opinion land rights belong to direct descendents first. 🔼
There are several places that are identified by scholars as Aztlan, most are in #Mexico, and not a single one of these places is in California. ▶
Aztlan is not the beginning of the migration story of #Nahua people. Before settling in Aztlan, they had lived in Chicomoztoc (the 7 caves)--and this place was also in Mexico.
Before Aztlan, over a million #Chichimeca from the North migrated unto Toltec lands. The "Aztecs" were one of the last of these Chichimeca Tribes to arrive in the Valley of #Anahuac. ▶
The Wixarika people descended from the Guachichil who were also a Chichimeca tribe, but we went a different way and Aztlan is not part of our narrative. ▶
While some Chicanos may be able to trace their ancestry to the Mexica or one of the 7 tribes of Aztlan, many more Chicanos are Wixarika, Cora, Maya, Mixtec, Raramuri, etc--and have no connection to Aztlan.
It is important to embrace a full study of Native history to understand the complex relationship we have had with the land and each other throughout the centuries. Don't take shortcuts with pseudo-history.
"Aztlan" has been divorced from facts because it became a convenient narrative for my fellow Chicanas/os in the 60s to further legitimize our right to move freely through the US border. We don't need Aztlan to assert our human rights as aboriginal people to migrate as our ancestors did for survival. But if we are using our Native-ness to move on Native Country, then we must do so as our ancestors did--with the utmost respect, making offerings to the people who are guardians of the land, and asking their permissio