There is a university professor here who is an Indigenous People, Dakota Sioux. Thing is, he’s very prejudiced against all white people, and most recently excoriated Christians for not allowing him to give a traditional Dakota blessing at a church wedding (where he was an invited guest, presumably); he let everyone know this via a big letter to our newspaper’s editor.
Now, I’m just one stupid person. I’m white, female, and Catholic. But I’ve been thinking, maybe I should make him a Rosary. NOT TO CONVERT HIM, THAT’S NOT MY JOB. (caps mine because I want to make that clear) But if nothing else, to let him know that not all white people and not all Christians are these evil, intolerant, bigoted people he seems to think we are.
Quick background: I design Rosaries made out of semi-precious stones, sterling silver, Swarovski and other fun things I can get my hands on. NOTE: THIS IS NOT A SOLICITATION, EITHER! (caps mine for emphasis–I would never tapeworm off this forum for Rosary sales or anything like that)
So, I thought I would incorporate elements of Native American spirituality into this particular Rosary, like including charms of animals (great symbols to Native Americans as I understand it–eagle, wolf, bear, feather, etc) at the Pater stones, then choosing different stone materials to represent other aspects of their spirituality. I would also include a comprehensive provenance describing all parts of the Rosary and why the stones and symbols were chosen for him.
I guess I just want this person to realize there’s more common ground among all people than he realizes, and just want to do what I can to cultivate peace. Now, I realize that I’m just a dumb person and this could backfire–he could see it as an effort to convert him, or he may even take the bold step and vilify me in another letter to the editor for sending him such a thing. I guess that’s a chance that I, at this point, am willing to take for the sake of peace.
So I ask you: Good idea or bad idea? Should I do this or not?