CHIEF TEISH ON TAKING GUIDED-ACTION:

“When I was in college, I thought that what was going to save black people is if we all became social workers. Well, I’m a born artist, but my artistry can be applied to activism addressing issues of importance. Me pretending to be a social worker inside the system would be disastrous. Every time I pretend to be someone I’m not, I can only keep the act up so long... and then I blow it. ”

 
 

CHIEF TEISH ON AVOIDING BURN-OUT`:

"I come from the black power generation and we burned the candle at both ends doing our activist work... and we found ourselves burned out by the 90s. We need a sustainable movement, where the people who are carrying the movements are not only changing society but changing it and empowering themselves. This course will shift the perspective from the typical bourgeois interpretation of things to methods that are grounded in indigenous culture.”

CHIEF TEISH ON BUILDING COMMUNITY:

“We have a notion that before you even came, you made an agreement to be, do and have -- so you want to always be in the center of the tray of life so that there’s energy coming to you from the earth and the sky and every direction. When you get in touch with that you are in your own center. You’re receiving the right information about who you are and what you are supposed to do. The real question becomes, what is my ashe (my personal power), how is it to be applied, when is it to be applied and how do I evaluate the effects of it in community?”