I truly feel indigenous! it is a very different feeling and a period of adjustment to get used to. All rules and regulations are different. Once people get to know you though, they actually begin treating you like a human being! hey, we are not that bad after all, nothing like T.V., but they still expect us to have the fish and fireworks during the summer!
Why did I move? I could not stand seeing my relatives destroying themselves anymore, I could not fix the problem while living in the community due to the stress, now I have the time to think and still be able to give my input to add to the healing process.
I can never forget my indigenous ways that I was taught though! Those ways have made us very special and our input is very valuable to the surrounding communities.