Friday follow: @indigenous.empowerment is here to educate and empower

indigenous.empowerment instagramInstagram’s @indigenous.empowerment is only one year old, but the page dedicated to empowering Native Americans already has almost 20,000 followers.

“I first created @indigenous.empowerment for the purpose of empowering Native American women. We have little to no representation, especially tribes outside of the U.S. Eventually I noticed how many non-native followers I was getting, and how uneducated so many were towards Indigenous struggles and people, so I changed the theme to Native American activism,” says creator Yei Mazatl (her name means three-deer in her tribal language). “I try to inform my followers of different issues that plague us as a people, our problems aren’t a thing of the past like people believe.”

The 18-year-old lives in Nebraska but her page has reached indigenous people all over the world.

“Well other than racist trolls I get, I mainly get support and solidarity! So much native unity and it makes my heart happy. I’ve also gotten support from Aboriginal Australians and Pacific Islanders. They are our Native cousins.”

Check out some of @indigenous.empowerment’s posts here.