So we want to have ethical new knowledge, we want to make new things that do good things, but the way we’re doing it is in this specific way of doing things, but if I look at the way other traditions of making, other epistemological traditions, one of them is very clearly dreaming.
You dream something and you know how to do it, and I know lots of different people who do lots of different ways of dreaming. My partner and his father, his father more so, he builds experimental airplanes and when he sleeps he solves problems. I don’t think this man rests, but he solves complete, difficult, impossible engineering problems in his sleep every night.
It’s crazy, and my partner does that, too. Wakes up with the answer, and I’ve heard about that, but…There’s other forms that, I mean the traditional form.
So, in Lakȟóta culture, you really need to dream certain designs in order to make them. We have something called the Double Woman cult, where this woman, she’s a powerful figure who delivers you things that must be made.
You are absolutely, absolutely are committed.
You have a responsibility to your dreams to create them, and that’s where I see Tricia Hersey’s NAP ministry is so inspiring.
It’s really for Black folks to say, like, “You don’t have to work yourself to the bone, you can rest” and that’s what’s so inspiring.
And that’s why I think in the original DEL workshops, I was really drawn to this idea where I was like, “Oh, my communities, many communities that I know, don’t actually participate fully in capitalism.” They kind of pretend to participate in capitalism, and why is that?
It’s because time to rest, time to dream, time to have visions, because the ways of doing the dream, having the dream, resting long enough so you can have a dream, is necessary in order to make something that’s never been made before.