Every year, as summer approaches, I get asked the same question over and over again on my social media accounts: “Hey, I am going to the Canary Islands on holiday – can I go and meet you? Will you show me the places of power of your Ancestors? Will you read cards/perform magic for me? Will you teach me?”
The answer is NO. I am not a tourist attraction. I do not welcome visitors, I do not perform magic in front of anyone, and believe me, if you dare come to my house uninvited, not only you are putting yourself in danger because the area where I live is not tourist-friendly; you will meet my rage and you will not put a foot in my home.
Be careful with that colonizer mentality, because you are not entitled to me and my life AT ALL. I am not a good savage, happy to get a tip from white saviours for performing magical tricks, and willing to share all my secrets – I have learnt from the past, and believe me, the path is closed. I do not owe you anything.
Your Ancestors murdered mine, enslaved them, destroyed my culture, erased it from my education, removed any idea of indigeneity from my people, and now you want me to give you what I have worked my entire life to regain? Sorry, not going to happen.
Too many stories of spiritual teachers dying in poverty, alone and abandoned, after giving away their secrets to white researchers, film makers, university students, or just people looking for an “ethnic/exotic/real” experience because they are completely empty inside (ayahuasca, I’m looking at you). Too many stories of indigenous peoples used, abused, destroyed, for the greed of others. Too much pain and anger in the heart.
And, the fact that you get offended when I say NO, shows very clearly that you have learnt nothing, and that you still see me as less than you. So, no, I am not interested. This Guanche is not, and will never be, conquered.
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