Today, I finished reading Authentic Indians by historian Paige Raibmon. She notes the difficulty of binary ideas of “authentic” vs. “inauthentic” as a mode of thinking that makes aboriginal cultural practices a part of the past, romantic and always vanishing. In the conclusion, she quotes an aboriginal British Columbia elder saying, “I think sometimes you get fooled into thinking the only way we can be a true Indian is to live how people did 100 years ago… Tradition evolves. It’s ongoing every day.”
Thank you, Dave Ellis, of WCRA who recommended this read.