Welcome to Dreaming in Color, a show that provides a platform for BIPOC social change leaders to candidly share how their lived experiences (personal and professional) have prepared them to lead their work and drive the impact we all seek.
In this episode, Raymond Foxworth joins the show to talk about his experience growing up in a matrilineal society, land preservation as part of his family heritage and the struggles of dealing with white dominant institutions. We address the current state of indigenous land rights and the pressure of representation to honor the legacy and sacrifice of past generations. Raymond shares his view on innovation and we question the general understanding of community development. Listen and connect with Ray’s philosophy of believing and sharing!
Jump straight into:
(01:23) - Raymond reads Apologies, a poem by Haunani Kay Trask (and shares the breathtaking story behind it).
(03:10) - Being a Navajo citizen in 2022: Matrilineal society roots, ethics, values, decisive moments to acquire critical analysis.
(09:18) - Addressing colonialism struggles, sovereignty, liberation and Indigenous land rights.
(12:50) - Acknowledging representation, role models and implications when navigating white dominant institutions.
(20:03) - Innovation as a product of survival, problems within society’s general understanding of community development and redefining what we conceive as assets.
(27:32) - Believing and caring: The experiences that bring hope to Ray, a protective optimist.
Thank you for listening to Dreaming in Color a Bridgespan supported StudioPod production. Nicole Genova is the Show Coordinator and Teresa Buchanan is the Show Producer. The production team from The Bridgespan Group includes Cora Daniels, Michael Borger, Christina Pistorius, and Britt Savage. Additional music and editing provided by nodalab.