***Apologies in advance for the delays in posting. I have been dealing with a combination of work and illness which has made the last week exhausting.*** Oh boy…it’s another briefing! A frustrating reality about Bland’s work is that he’s going to tell most of the story from the perspective of various headquarters, and he’s going … Continue reading 40-Brief Continuity
***Before we begin! In this post I discuss the belief systems of some Indigenous people in Canada and the United States. I'm doing my best to represent things properly but, as I have said before, I'm not an expert here. More importantly, the beliefs and philosophies I'm writing about here are held by some First Nations … Continue reading Musical Interlude – We are the Halluci Nation
***The following post is a follow-on to this one in the deconstruction. My intent is to expand on some of the points I made in the post, and tie them in with some of the ideas I'd been kicking around for a Personal Philosophy post. Be warned that it deals with issues of character building in … Continue reading Shame. You need it.
So the challenge has been made, and Molly Grace is about to show these clowns what leadership really is! “Backsliders!” she said in loud icy voice. Her fury sweat the table, startling the chiefs. No...actually, she's not. I'm sorry but it's going to be another speech, only there's going to be a fair bit more … Continue reading 39 – Molly’s Speech (Again??!!)
So in the novel Uprising, we’re told that the Complex at Akwesasne is so secure, that people working in one part are not allowed to wander into other parts lest they see something they shouldn’t. To make sure they don’t wander, guards posted everywhere. The guards can apparently be trusted to see everything. More recently, … Continue reading Supplemental Reading – I am Thursday/Alpharius!
Now finally, after 21 pages, the flashback and the montage is over and we’re back to the present. Bill Whitefish is preparing for a crucial Native People Council (NPC) meeting in which Molly Grace is expecting to face a challenge from the less-committed chiefs. In the off chance that you didn’t memorize the org chart … Continue reading 38 – A Challenge!
***This next post is going to deal with a few thoughts I had about sexual exploitation that I felt were important, but that didn't fit in with the flow of the last deconstruction post. It's going to include references to the #MeToo movement and discussions of sexual exploitation both in the context of Douglas Bland's … Continue reading 37.1 -NPA vs #MeToo
So with Bill Whitefish's flashback to Molly Grace now over, we flash forward to…well before we get to the present day we still have a condensed history of Bill’s career with the Movement. After his rapturous meeting with Molly Grace, he is recruited and put to work in the Financial Unit, giving Bland another chance to … Continue reading 37-Bill Whitefish Learns the Ropes