We Are Healing - 2023 Otoe-Missouria Proclamation Day
Learn more about the 2023 Otoe-Missouria Proclamation Day on University of Nebraska–Lincoln's campus at unl.edu/plains.
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- [00:00:13.666]Today is our second annual
- [00:00:16.791]Our aim is to reconnect
- [00:00:18.291]with the people, the Otoe-Missouria
people who were displaced
- [00:00:22.500]to make way for our city
and our university.
- [00:00:25.166]They're the native nation
- [00:00:26.750]that ceded the land,
that became our university and our city.
- [00:00:30.625]And we thought it was really important
to reconnect with them
- [00:00:34.916]and not to just say, Oh, we acknowledge
that this is Otoe-Missouria land.
- [00:00:39.375]But but to make a meaningful relationship
- [00:00:42.583]with them.
- [00:00:46.000]We think this is an important thing to do
- [00:00:49.166]to reconnect our community to its history.
- [00:00:53.458]I think there's a lot of educational value
- [00:00:55.958]It's also a way to pay respect
to the people who
- [00:00:59.000]whose lives were uprooted,
you know, almost 200 years ago.
- [00:01:03.041]It's our way of trying to reconnect them
to their ancestral homeland.
- [00:01:07.375]I think it's a very, very special experience, very spiritual for these people.
- [00:01:13.125]I'm glad to be a part of it.
- [00:01:14.250]I think it's a beautiful thing.
- [00:01:15.500]He says. In the middle.
- [00:01:17.541]He says, he puts his on the outside.
- [00:01:19.166]This way.
- [00:01:20.333]From the outside of this thing.
- [00:01:22.166]And so we wanted to make Native presence
- [00:01:27.708]at UNL much more visible.
- [00:01:30.625]So we got the idea
to put up a couple of teepees
- [00:01:34.583]because a lot of our local Indian
- [00:01:36.000]community are from Plains Indian tribes
that use teepees.
- [00:01:39.833]So we thought this would be a great way
to both raise
- [00:01:43.041]awareness of those around us,
but also to welcome the Otoes.
- [00:01:47.083]You can tell by looking at the lodge
- [00:01:50.500]What tribe did they come from?
- [00:01:52.958]So if you look at the tops of them,
they have they look like a bonnet,
- [00:01:56.333]you know, or a headdress
in the way that the poles come out.
- [00:02:00.625]And so you start with the tripod
- [00:02:02.916]you add each pole.
- [00:02:04.416]And at each pole,
she would go around and tie that.
- [00:02:08.000]And that rope signifies the umbilicus
- [00:02:11.291]from your mother to you in utero.
- [00:02:14.000]And you run that rope through and then
fastening back to the earth, establishing
- [00:02:19.166]that connection with your home,
back to your grandmother, mother Earth.
- [00:02:24.166]We’re all about kind of empowerment and culture,
- [00:02:28.208]not just focusing kind of,
- [00:02:30.500]I guess, on the bad things about natives
and, you know, we also want to celebrate.
- [00:02:34.250]So we're trying to do a lot of events
like that this year.
- [00:02:36.916]So this is really up our alley
for the kind of stuff
- [00:02:39.958]that UNITE wants to be a part
of is just a celebration of our people.
- [00:02:44.125]This has been really healing
for our local native community
- [00:02:48.208]and for our local non-native community.
- [00:02:50.333]For the Otoe-Missourias.
I think that more and more
- [00:02:53.875]as we go along, we'll see more cities
doing this kind of thing.
- [00:02:58.041]really kind of a quiet movement
taking place in America
- [00:03:01.250]where cities like Lincoln
are welcoming back the displaced peoples
- [00:03:05.208]that once lived there.
- [00:03:06.666]And if we can help heal that wound
- [00:03:09.833]by bringing these people home
and reconnecting them to these lands,
- [00:03:13.541]I think that's
a very, very positive thing.
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