Land-Based Relations/ K’é
Nature relies on us, as we rely on her. This makes it possible for us to maintain a connection that speaks to the state of our joint well-being— not just materially, but spiritually, psychologically etc… Such land-based relations are indicative.
On Diné Bikéyah, uranium mining, coal-mining, oil-drilling, fracking, and water syphoning has currently led to droughts, erosion, poison and dispossession of self in relation to land.
As the earth suffers resource extraction’s fallout, Indigenous people suffer too. This correlation is known as land trauma. The impact for individuals experiencing land trauma is unique, broad, and ranging (including direct and non-direct ailments that are psychological, spiritual, physical, etc…).
Within the Diné universe, prayers seek order, balance, and reparations. This is a form of self-determination that seeks to restore our well-being— as well as the lands’ health. This is k’é, to extend care beyond one’s self.
Such is radical! Offering prayers of healing and justice that come from a place of hope, love, truth, and positivity is k’é in action.
We uplift the earth when we uplift ourselves and each other. This is love and respect.