This post from Ojibwemowin.com illustrates the point that David Treuer was making — the story of the Ojibwe people and Native Americans writ large is one of hope, pride, and joyfulness, which runs counter to more popular depictions of tragedy and melancholy that pervade many of our imaginations:
“But what really struck me is how lucky we are as Ojibwe people. And that might be a strange thought, how could we, as Ojibwe people with abundant culture and language loss be lucky- and as I write it now it does seem a bit perverse, but I still hold to it. We have our language. We have our ceremonies and we have our faith. We have to work at it for sure. We have lost a lot, but as an elder has reminded me, we focus a lot on the past, on what we have lost. But what we have is in the future, now and in the future, that’s where we live.”
Thanks Monique for pointing this out, on a blog nonetheless!