The erosion of the sovereignty of Indigenous nations all over the world continues, as does the native resistance to this imperial/corporate colonialism.
So what does sovereignty mean to the Iladurarrak? How does this idea of self-determination and sovereign land apply to a reawakening Indigenous culture on the European continent?
At this time in our emergence, we don't have those answers.
These are some things we do know:
- The land is sacred. Our relationship to the land and all life, reflected through sacred places is critical to maintaining health and balance.
- Our Ancestors and their physical remains are sacred. These burials have been dug up and dissected. We learn from their remains, but we desecrate them at the same time.
- Our cave art is sacred. It shares sacred stories and connections.
- Ceremony to honor our Ancestors, our land, and the Spirits of our land is long overdue, and necessary to reactivate the Adur of our sacred bundle.
- People are hungry for meaningful connection to their Ancestors and the Old Ways.
At the same time, we have these questions:
- What are our claims to land and cultural resources? What about access to sacred places like caves?
- How do we legitimize our claims in such a hostile environment? We will face hostility from 'modern' European people and governments, and potentially from other Indigenous people who do not recognize our awakening. How do we deal with this hostility?
- How do we manage the diaspora that our people face? Awakening people may be found in Europe, in America, Australia - virtually anywhere. How do we bring people together in a place-based way?
- How do we manage the fact that people of Iladurarrak heritage still live within our homeland, though they probably do not honor this heritage? What culture do they maintain? How can we respect them? How can we learn from them?
- Do we explore the purchase or donation of land within our traditional homeland for our community? Will people migrate back to this homeland? How do we deal with issues of immigration and naturalization?
- How do we create a traditional community? What does that look like? To what extent do we implement the traditional social systems that keep our people alive and healthy?
- How do we respect other surviving Indigenous nations in places where our people have settled as a direct or indirect result of colonialization? How do we share our story? How do we deal with criticism? How can we work in solidarity with Indigenous resistance struggles in these places?
- With the anticipation of catastrophic climate change within our, and coming generations - how do we consider this in our restoration of the Old Ways and return to our homeland? How will northwest Europe's climate change, and what changes can we prepare for?