How to Draw Native People: a Tutorial/Reference Guide
As requested, here is a basic guide for how to draw Indigenous peoples (mostly focused on North America)! Also please note that this is not an exhaustive list of Native American phenotypes/features, and more like an intro on very common features that can be found in us, and even then, not altogether at once on a single person’s face. I highly encourage the use of references and care taken into research when drawing. I may do a part 2 that goes slightly more into depth, but for now, enjoy part one.
there’s another layer to this: noelle stevenson was an invited special guest at dashcon too. she had to moderate her own panel, and even worse - the con organizers didn’t pay for a hotel room for her, so she had to crash on the pull out couch in… the night vale team’s room.
so all of these people were in one room, at dashcon, getting screwed over by dashcon. this is a digital recreation of that hotel room 6 years later.
They weren’t just there, they are indirectly the reason “an extra hour in the ball pit” became a meme.
See, there was supposed to be a WTNV live show at Dashcon, and admittance to it cost an additional $15 on top of the Dashcon ticket price. When the Night Vale crew got there, they were informed that the organizers did not have the money to pay them, so Cecil refused to perform.
Naturally then, the people who had paid for the show started demanding refunds of their $15. But the organizers claimed they didn’t have the money to offer refunds either, and instead offered to let those ticket holders spend an extra hour in the ball pit as a form of reimbursement. There were several posts going around about this, and the famous photo above was taken to illustrate how pathetic of an offer this was. And that’s how the Dashcon ball pit went down in infamy.
Most of the “keep up the work after the protests have ended!”-type posts I’ve seen are mostly focused on like, reading Black authors and listening to Black voices and unlearning racism, and obviously all of that is absolutely vital - but no amount of individual self-reflection will be able to dismantle institutional systems of oppression. So I wanted to put together some resources for continuing to build a culture of noncompliance and resistance to the police and prison system even after things have calmed down
But first, be aware that the protests aren’t over. It’s June 29th and there are still events and actions being planned regularly across the nation, and they still need your participation and support. If you’re able, please keep your focus there; this list is for what can be done long-term outside of the protests
Know your rights. Giving the police any more information than you absolutely have to will never and can never benefit you or anyone else - positive evidence given to the police is regularly thrown out in court, whereas negative evidence will be used against you. Know what to say and what you have the right to refuse. You don’t have to answer any questions without a lawyer present, you don’t have to give the police access to your house or car unless they have a current warrant signed by a judge. They will try to intimidate you - learn your rights and don’t let up, don’t ever cooperate with the police
Don’t snitch. If you see someone breaking the law in a way that doesn’t hurt anybody, keep your mouth shut. If cops knock on your door asking you questions about your neighbors or anyone you know, don’t answer
Don’t call the cops. If you can solve the problem in a different way, do it. Cops have on multiple occasions murdered the people they were called to help (or bystanders) without provocation. Don’t be complicit in that. Learn how to handle situations as a community or with the help of qualified experts
When you see an interaction with the police happening, stop and observe. If necessary, film the interaction. Organize and work with groups such as Copwatch to observe the police and hold them accountable
Use proper opsec, especially if you’re involved with anything that might make you a target for the cops. Downloading Signal is a great simple place to start
Learn about jury nullification, and spread the word. When serving in a jury, you have the right to vote not guilty on a defendant that you believe did commit the crime but doesn’t deserve punishment for it. Don’t be complicit in unjust punishment
Here are some other organizations to join that are doing good work in this area:
Black Lives Matter is obviously a huge voice in racial justice right now. The list of “official” chapters on their website is very incomplete, though, so you may have better luck doing a web search for “[your area] black lives matter” (beware of fakes though)
Again, the Anarchist Black Cross does great work supporting political prisoners through letter-writing and more. The link I’ve been including is to an unofficial federation of ABC groups, though - there may be a group in your area that’s not part of that federation, so a web search for “[your area] black cross” may be better
Black And Pink is a prison abolitionist organization focused on queer people and people living with HIV/AIDS
The police state and prison industrial complex rely on the complicity and cooperation of all of us to function and be effective. By building a culture of noncompliance and active resistance, we can drastically reduce the state’s ability to oppress communities of color. Don’t let the struggle be forgotten with the changing of the news cycle - keep up the struggle until all are free!
Boosts and additional resources are very much appreciated!
Question: Why is Pine the Best White Chris™️
ok now let me give you the bulletpoints about one Mr. Christopher Whitelaw Pine and how he became the Best White Chris™️
He’s the most self-aware of the Chrises and checks his privilege on the regular. So much so that 3 years ago on this site, I declared he was gonna be the first white male star to work with Ava DuVernay. The Indie Spirit gods just told me in that moment.
He seeks out feminist material to work in.
He looks like a hot, deranged professor on the regular.
He has a degree in English from Berkley, where he wrote nonsensical poetry and took an erotic fiction writing class, where word on the street his stories were GOOD.
He owns a flip phone and eats his food like a 5 year old.
His pants are forever too tight.
He’s blind as hell.
He stays dressing like DiCaprio in Romeo + Juliet.
Dude collects blankets and uses big ass words for no reason.
He wears a pinky ring and can actually pull it off.
the way that becoming pregnant and giving birth to living children is framed as like an extremely important thing for women to accomplish and an ability that should be preserved in any way possible when considering medical treatment for women is honestly one of the most sinister forms of misogyny in medicine. the way women with debilitating endometriosis aren’t offered hysterectomies/oophorectomies because they might want to have children some day. even though it’s the only way to permanently relieve the chronic excruciating pain that condition causes. the way women with PCOS just have to deal with it, and the way PCOS treatment is framed in a way to preserve/foster fertility rather than to treat the horrible chronic symptoms it causes. the way my happily childless 30 year old sister was diagnosed with stage three lymphoma (a type of blood cancer) and was actually given the option to delay her treatment by months so they could harvest an egg from her so that she could still have a child by IVF if she recovered. a delay which would have almost certainly cost her her life at that point. the fact that her doctor told her to take a few days to think about it and consult with her husband before deciding against the delay and getting on with the chemo that would make her infertile and, in what became a less important footnote, save her life. the fact that something like that was even offered to her, knowing that they could not afford to delay treatment, the fact that some vulnerable women in her position may have actually chosen to delay and subsequently died in the name of a non-existent offspring….is mind boggling.
yes medicine has improved and in developed countries pregnancy and childbirth isn’t as much of a death sentence as it was 100 years ago, but the attitudes towards women’s bodies and their value being measured by their ability to reproduce hasn’t gone anywhere at all - and it still influences the actions of doctors, their decisions for treatment, their priorities, and in that way these attitudes continue to affect women’s health and life expectancies. this is a uniquely complicated reality for trans men who are excluded from discussions of birth control/pregnancy/PCOS/endemitriosis et al, and trans women who are devalued by their inability to become pregnant and have bio children. its a Lot.
also donate to local free legal aid organizations, because as great as it is that these lawyers are providing free services rn, many legal aid orgs already provide free services every day to people who can’t afford to pay for legal help, and rely entirely on donations. bail is important but its only step one in what will be for many a very long and expensive legal process. there are often dozens or more in each state so i wont compile a list but you can easily find the ones in your area by googling. and dont forget about the legal aid orgs geared towards immigrants, because many protestors may face deportation or other retaliation that jeapordizes their ability to stay in the US.
Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project by Transgender Law Center: Project dedicated to ensuring “the liberation of all Black people through community-building, political education, creating access to direct services, and organizing across borders”. You can also check out and donate to the other projects the Transgender Law Center has on their website (linked).
I just got my physical copy of this wonderful tome by Arcanist Press! It has a great introduction that explains why the use of the term “Race” in our beloved role-playing games is so problematic, and then offers a great solution for it that fits right in-between existing 5e rules.
We’ve been looking for a good alternative to “Race” for the character options we publish on our patreon, and we’re now going to do some tests to see if this model is something we could use.
Some people have responded to this idea with some confusion, so I’ll try to explain it as best I can.
Why “Race”, as used in Role-Playing Games, is bad.
Most role-playing games explicitly combine a person’s physical traits with their morality into one package at character creation, usually presented as “Race”. By doing this, these games (often unwittingly) support the idea that a person’s genetics decide a person’s morality and worth.
This is a bad thing because there are people who play these games – black people, disabled people, women, just to name a few – who have been told their entire lives they are lesser than others because of the way they were born; because of the way they look. For them, this kind of bigotry is a painful, every day reality. No-one should have to experience that in a game.
This is also why just renaming “Race” as it is presented in role-playing games to something like “Species” doesn’t help as much as you’d think. It doesn’t address the problem at it’s root – the false idea that a person’s genetics determines their worth (or: their traits).
Why I think “Ancestry” and “Culture” is a good alternative.
By splitting Ancestry – the physical traits inherited from one’s parents, and Culture – the traits taught to you by your parents & community, the game mechanics no longer explicitly imply a person’s genetics (or: appearance) determine their morality and perceived worth. In this updated system, Bad Tieflings can still exist. Evil dark elves can still exist. Bigoted people who believe all Tieflings and all Dark Elves are evil can still exist.
But those things are no longer assumed to be true at character creation.
Why I’m excited to start using the Ancestry & Culture method.
The world all of our games take place in, Hemelin, has various diverse cultures dotted around the place. I have often struggled to express this well using the existing mould of “Race”, but before I discovered the “Ancestry & Culture” method, I didn’t understand what was causing this struggle.
I find that using separate Ancestries and Cultures provides much more robust framework for us to design player options for our world with. I’m excited at the prospect of being able to present various cultures that players can identify with without needing to also be of a certain ancestry! I’m excited to empower our players to create more diverse characters that reflect our game world!!
Josh Williams is actually up for parole this month, June 2020! You can write him a letter that he can use to attest to his character to the parole board. More info here: https://www.freejoshwilliams.com/freejosh
My therapist only recently understood that when I said, “I don’t know how to make this phone call or make this appointment.” I very literally meant I didn’t know what to do. I can dial the phone, but what do I say EXACTLY? What questions are going to be asked? What do I need to have on hand? What if they ask me something I don’t know the answer to?
I’m one of those people that needs very specific and detailed instructions if I’m doing something for the first time.
Be patient with people. We all have our struggles. Sometimes it can make all the difference in the world knowing someone can spare a few minutes to care about you and walk you through something that’s hard for you.
HOW TO MAKE AN IMPORTANT ADULT CALL
FOR THE FIRST TIME
From an adult who has been doing this for about a decade now:
Remember that about 10% of any office’s weekly call volume is from people just like you who have never done this in their life.
The mass majority of people who run dentist offices, insurance claim call centers, whatever - remember what it’s like to be completely new, and are generally happy to explain the steps and re-phrase themselves if you let them know what you’re having trouble with, and are kind and patient with them.
You’re not inconveniencing them. You’re not burdening them. Call center folks are 1000x happier to speak with someone who is earnestly trying and needs some basic help on super simple things, instead of a pissy long-time customer who demands free shit.
You are a bright spot in their day. A chance to actually help.
another article that goes more into the issue of water (May 28, 2019) (“The Havasupai Tribe has, in fact, voiced concerns about groundwater pumping near the Grand Canyon. In 2016, the tribe sued the city of Williams and other well owners, saying the drilling of more wells for resorts, developments, theme parks and uranium mines, among other businesses, increasingly threatens the tribe’s water. […] Duthie said those sorts of concerns shouldn’t hinder Stilo’s proposal for the hotel on Kotzin Ranch because the company wouldn’t use a well.”)
as of January 24, 2020, Stilo had submitted a “a revised proposal for roads and utility easements connecting to parcels of land they own that are surrounded by the Kaibab National Forest” (unanimously approved). opening these roads would require “some blasting.” as regards the groundwater:
Gitlin also worried that the new proposal did not adequately protect the area’s groundwater.
The proposal promises that commercial water needs — which during peak season, would be 275,000 gallons a day — would have to be hauled in by truck. It still allows “residential uses” to be met by pumping groundwater.
In the proposal, Stilo offered to agree to a “complete prohibition” on commercial groundwater use, except in the event of “technological breakthroughs resulting in proven zero-impact upon groundwater resources.”
It suggested a restrictive covenant or a conservation easement to enforce that restriction, but it’s not clear who would be responsible for that enforcement.
effectively, plans for development are going forward, & previous reassurances that no immediate proposals were being made seem like lies.
it’s worth mentioning in light of some other comments going around that the issue here isn’t preserving the untouched pristine beauty of nature or something–this kind of terra nullius-inflected rhetoric in fact relies upon colonialist & genocidal logic–but rather the responsibilities & livelihoods of the people who belong to the land & stand to be harmed by these proposals.
They are all free to read with Applegate’s permission on the animorphs website!
Oh yeah babey
She has also written some absolutely amazing books recently.
These are just a few of them. I read The One and Only Ivan to my students every year (and there’s a sequel coming out in May!).
Every one of her books I’ve read has been beautifully written. Yes, they’re written for children, but you won’t regret reading a single one of them. Applegate is hands-down my favorite middle grades author.
Read. Her. Books.
Animorphs says trans rights
Wishtree was beautiful. I listened to it on audiobook.