Bleached People Unite!

Bleached People Unite!

150 150 Patricia Heinicke Jr.

Imagine a place where the Bleached/rez part of your experience is recognized and respected.

Non-Indigenous people consciously living in or otherwise closely tied to Indigenous communities are scattered across every land colonized by European powers, and yet we are not often recognized in the contemporary conversations about race or culture. Finding some commonalities with multiracial, multicultural, or third-culture people, Bleached people (and yes, we can work on a better term) lack markers identifying us as a discrete group, such as a recognizable platform or perspective, periodic gatherings and traditions, anthems and merch logos, and such like. We do not have a culture, strictly speaking. But that doesn’t mean we don’t share experiences or that we shouldn’t build community.

Let’s Create a
Bleached Community

If you consider yourself to be not only an ally but rez made in significant ways (or otherwise formed by your ties to Indigenous communities), please reach out to patricia.heinicke@indigipress.com to introduce yourself, including things you’d like to know about other Bleached people. Meanwhile, I’ll work on creating a forum where we can all meet and connect with each other.

What Is the Bleached Experience?

Here are two questions to think about: What insights, characteristics, or challenges do you have that seem peculiar to your rez experience? Do you feel that your experience calls you to a particular work or passion?

For example, you have likely learned things that most non-Indigenous/non-Bleached people in your country do not understand. And you may be in a position to share your insights with your non-Indigenous siblings, as a way of introducing them to Indigenous histories, ideas, current realities, events,  and people.

In this time of heightened feeling and urgency, this work might involve creating spaces where non-Indigenous people can process their emotions as they respond to new and often upsetting knowledge.

This work might require you to manage your own emotional responses. What if we as Bleached people had our own space for that?

That’s just one idea for how we might connect with each other. So yeah, let’s unite! We can do so much more together.

Patricia Heinicke Jr.

Ve’ho kakesh, German-American, non-Indigenous, recovering and questioning rez-made settler (Bleached). Publishing professional with over twenty years of experience in copyediting, developmental editing, teaching, and writing. Attended Northern Cheyenne Tribal Elementary and High School, Busby, Montana, and Forks High School, Forks, Washington, as well as Seattle University, the University of Arizona, and the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley. Self-employed since 1996. Currently lives in Sacramento, California. You can find more details about my professional life at my LinkedIn profile. For more about my involvement in IndigiPress, click here.

All stories by:Patricia Heinicke Jr.

Patricia Heinicke Jr.

Ve’ho kakesh, German-American, non-Indigenous, recovering and questioning rez-made settler (Bleached). Publishing professional with over twenty years of experience in copyediting, developmental editing, teaching, and writing. Attended Northern Cheyenne Tribal Elementary and High School, Busby, Montana, and Forks High School, Forks, Washington, as well as Seattle University, the University of Arizona, and the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley. Self-employed since 1996. Currently lives in Sacramento, California. You can find more details about my professional life at my LinkedIn profile. For more about my involvement in IndigiPress, click here.

All stories by:Patricia Heinicke Jr.

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