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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Rez

Daily Draw: Guardians of Wisdom Tarot ~ 10 of Coins

I wonder if the designers of this deck have ever spent time on an American Indian Reservation that wasn't in a bright shiny casino. I grew up with children from the Queets, Quinault, Chehalis, Quileute, and Hoh Indian tribes, and have been on reservations many times. 

I'm reminded by this card and it's fortune cookie fortune, not reversed mind you, Native Americans struck me as an odd choice to use for Diamonds/Coins. While closer to the earth in heart and spirit than any hedge witch wannabe, there are few reservation indians that have or seem to want or value much in the way of material riches. On the other hand, if this is a honest prediction I'll take all the money I can lay my hands on...just so I can afford to spend more time in earth based pursuits and riches. 

"Gordy gave me this book by a Russian dude named Tolstoy, who wrote: "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." 
Well, I hate to argue with a Russian genius, but Tolstoy didn't know Indians. And he didn't know that all Indian families are unhappy for the same exact reason: the fricking booze.
Yep, so let me pour a drink for Tolstoy and let him think hard about the true definition of unhappy families. (27.11-27.12)" ~ Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

2 comments:

  1. I agree that Native Americans are an odd choice for this message.
    I love Sherman Alexie's movie "Smoke Signals."

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  2. Another way to think of it is—what are "Native American riches"? What would they be if they aren't money and material rewards?

    And yet another way is that many tribes are now getting rather well-to-do via gambling casinos (despite the many abuses). Locally they've just built the best health clinic around.

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