Polygon: I'm proudly American Indian.
I grew up going to stomp dances, pow-wows, running fires, and even performing a traditional wedding. I carry a turtle shell tobacco pouch with a hawk claw for a clasp that my mother made for me. When I was a kid, I went to a native camp of sorts to learn traditional arts, to learn how to speak my language and be immersed in that culture with others.
Writing this is hard. Not because writing is hard (though it is, and don't let anyone tell you any different), but I find myself agonizing over every word, knowing that it will be scrutinized or tokenized.