Monday, March 20, 2017

Indigenous Physics: The Element Colonizatium

--> Indigenous Physics: The Element Colonizatium

   The elimination of a substance from a living organism  

follows complex chemical kinetics.

For example, the biological half-life

of water in a human being

is 9 to 10 days, with adjustments

for behavior and temperature.

A quantity of carbon-14 will decay

to half of its original amount after 5,730 years.

After another 5,730 years,

one-quarter of the original will remain.

And so on.

Obviously, the half-life of a substance

depends upon the substance itself –

measure for toxicity, fierceness, sheer venom.

The research at hand for us today, then, is clear:

what is the half-life of Colonizatium? 

Does Colonizatium reduce to half

its initial impact in 500 years?

In 1000 years?

At what point

does Colonizatium become unstable?

Is the half-life of Colonizatium constant over the lifetime

of an exponentially decaying

Indigenous body?

   To quote a famous Indigenous physicist, sometimes there are complications.

The decay of a mixture of two or more materials,

which each decay exponentially but with different half-lives,

is not exponential.

Take nuclear waste.

Imagine a mixture of a rapidly decaying element A,

with a speedy half-life of 1 second, 
and more gradual decaying element B,

with a half-life of 1 year.

In minutes, almost all atoms of element A will have decayed

after repeated reductions by half, but

very few of the atoms of element B will have done so,

as only a small percentage of its half-life has elapsed. Thus,

the time taken for such a mixture to fall to half its original value

cannot be easily calculated.

The element Colonizatium is much like nuclear waste:

an unequal mixture of toxic events

with wildly different half-lives.

Start with invasion, war, starvation, rape, murder-

Indian boarding schools, reservations, outlawed religion,

Include an on-going bombardment of toxic events

over a period of decades:

termination, adopting-out, domestic violence, poverty,

substance addiction, incarceration rates, diabetes,

blood quantum debates, history books, mascots,

white shamanism, fake ndns,


A periodic table of traumatic elements.

   Given the difficulties

in determining the half-life of Colonizatium,

we might argue the necessity of redirecting

our efforts into other

more profitable calculations. 


despite the probalistic nature of the inquiry,

this as-yet-undiscovered formula

is thought to be paramount for our research

into a chronological prediction

of the Post-Colonial state. Recent studies

indicate that the mixing of elements in unequal toxicities

and immeasurable psycho-social dynamics may best be gauged

not in mathematics

or statistics

or theoretical constructs,

but in the three Indigenous elements

Story, Dance, and Song.

In other words,

Deep Science of a pre-Colonial origin

such as

formulas and algorithms encoded

within ceremonial circles, drums or clappersticks,

the spiraled helix notes of song,

diagrams of precise footsteps

on discrete portions of empowered earth;

stories plotted like fractal geometry,

the patterned asterisms of stars,

chemical kinetics hammered out

on the bodies of rocks.

Key to such explorations –

the re-discovery

of a fourth Indigenous element:

Dreaming –

a component long rumored to exist but considered lost,

or perhaps simple fantasy.

It is neither.

Preliminary work that combines Dreaming

with the three known elements

reveals two astonishing facts:

First) a Post-colonizatium status is, in fact,

impossible to achieve.

Second) Story, Dance, Song and Dreaming

do not calculate nor predict

the half-life of Colonizatium.


when applied to the Colonized subject,

these four elements

hasten decay of Colonizatium,

pull the heavy history into themselves,

break it down

the same way maize, pennycress, sunflowers, 
blue sheep fescue, and canola plants

transform heavy metals.

The same way water hyacinths suck up mercury, lead, cadmium,

zinc, cesium, strontium-90, uranium and pesticides,
the same way bladder campion accumulates copper,

Indian mustard greens concentrate selenium, sulphur, chromium.  
The same way the willow tree, Salix viminalis
absorbs uranium and petrochemicals.
And –

once the willow’s bio-mass concentrates the heavy metals,

once Story, Dance, Song and Dreaming do their work,

the willow rods should be woven

into baskets

in what might be called

a miraculous exponential,

were we not, of course, privy to the facts.

We must revise our aim, therefore, toward rapid

decay of Colonizatium,

or, De-Colonization.

   Start with Story.

Work your way



Deborah A. Miranda

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