Immigrant Stories: How did you come to US?

Celebrating the Immigrant in all of US--even you, yes you

Anonymous asked: The people in one of your recent pictures are Inuit. I know in your FAQ you include Native peoples, and while it may be true from an anthropological perspective that they originated in Asia, from what I know, they pretty much reject the idea that their people are not native to the Americas, and they dispute the Bering land bridge theory for that reason. I really don't think they would consider themselves immigrants in any way. Have you consulted any Native people on this particular point?

Thank you for the thoughtful question. It’s rather we don’t want to exclude natives from a dialogue of oppression and we see them as interconnected. Many immigrants and natives alike are moved around, or forced to move, live under oppression/colonization and prejudice.

Many times immigrants are the colonizers as well. It’s not an easy answer, nor do we attempt to answer for everyone or anyone but it’s an acknowledgement of a system in place and humanizing the human experience through pictures, documentation and stories and finding the humanity and appreciation in each other through our differences. In this small way we hope to in a small humble way continue the way of defeating xenophobia and arrogance. 

There’s this great article called Defining Muslim Feminist Politics through Indigenous Solidarity Activism who asks the question, “How could I live on this land that did not ethically belong to me, and talk about violence directed at my body, and at my people, without situating that violence and my work for social justice within the history of a nation-state literally founded on the dead bodies and erased nations of Indigenous peoples?”