Meet me at the Airport!
Aniin. Howa mino giizhiigad niij anishinaabeg. Chii miigwech gitchi manitoo wabaminagoog noongoom. Madison Anderson indizhinikaz. Nagachiiwanong indonjiba. Ajijack dodem.
Ojibwe translation: Hello, it's a good day my friends. I give great thanks to the creator for today. My name is Madison Anderson. I am from Fond Du Lac band of Lake Superior Chippewa. I am of the crane clan.
So we just got done seeing what Santa brought at the Anderson household. Santa brought me sunglasses. He must know I'm going to South Africa.... So while most families write lists of things they want for Christmas, my family this year is all taking trips. Two thirds going to Disney World and another third going to South Africa. This year, Brittany and I asked for only one thing money. Which I know sounds greedy, but really, the only thing we wanted was to have the possibility to go to South Africa and have a good time while there.
I'm a little scared of going. I'm really afraid of falling in love and never wanting to come back. I'm afraid that when I go, I'll feel like such a crap bag for taking advantage of all the things I have at home. But on the other hand I'm SO psyched to go. I'm excited to help out, the right way of course. I'm excited to travel with my best friend, and sister Brittany. I'm excited to go out and just experience what else the world has to offer. I've been bitten by the travel bug this September and I'm so excited that this is all happening.
So, I started out by introducing myself in Ojibwe language. Growing up I didn't quite grasp what it meant to be indigenous so I have spent the last five years of my life trying to learn everything I can about being indigenous. Beadwork, language, customs, but also trying to educate myself on the real issues; Indian Health Service, Enrollment issues related to blood quantities, and treaty rights. By being a Native American I feel as though I can have great impact on my people in what I do for a career. For a long time I have wanted to go to medical school. I still kind of do, but I need to start taking the idea more seriously if it's ever going to happen. I've wanted to help my indigenous people for so long, that the idea never crossed my mind that there are indigenous people around the world. I want to help indigenous people in any way possible and this trip is exposing me to parts of Africa that I want to learn about, but in a better way. When Brittany went to South Africa, she came back and was always talking about Apartheid. I still am unsure of all of the events in South Africa that lead up to Apartheid and I am so ready to learn more.
Well, I hope everyone is having a great Christmas and I can't wait to see you all tomorrow!!