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Tricksters & Cultural Fluency

Tricksters - Story characters who reveal unspoken rules of their culture and disobey the culture's power structure.

Cultural Fluency - Understanding the differences what different groups consider acceptable behavior, and using that knowledge to treat members of other cultures in a way that feels respectful.

SMASH THE KYRIARCHY

Why Act Now?

Reading trickster stories from around the world increases our cultural fluency and inspires us to consider which cultural rules we're willing to break. Tricksters reveal the unspoken rules of a culture by breaking the rules and facing consequences so kids don't have to test misbehavior on their own.

Tricksters often push up against entrenched power systems - whether as underdogs or petulant brats, they give us a creative outlet to imagine life without the restrictions of social expectations.

In raising a generation of kind and courageous activists, we share trickster stories to show kids that there are both benefits and unavoidable consequences to rejecting the status quo.

Trickster Family Action Toolkit

Cultural Fluency Toolkit For Activist Kids

If we don't care about an issue, we won't take action. Kids have the right to choose curiosity-provoking resources that connect with our values and abilities.

1. SPARK CURIOSITY

Engage

Learn how this issue impacts us and the people we care about.

2. ASK QUESTIONS

Discuss

Process with adults who are willing to be honest and challenge our assumptions.

3. SET INTENTIONS

Reflect

Transform what we've learned into hands-on creativity.

4. CREATE CHANGE

Act

Step into our power with kid-friendly acts of service.

STEP 1: 5 MINUTES

Spark Curiosity: Pick One Story

Which stories and videos make you interested in learning more about this issue?

Which would you recommend to other kids? Add your own suggestions in the comments below.

CHOSEN BY KYRIARCHY-SMASHING KIDS

Best Trickster Stories For Kids

STEP 2: 10 MINUTES

Make It Personal: Ask Questions

Ask & answer these questions with an adult who you trust to be honest with you..

Which...

Which trickster characters do we feel kinship with? Which do we disagree with?

Which trickster stories did we inherit from our ancestors?

Which stories are indigenous to the people and places we call home?

Who...

Who is allowed to share these stories? Under what conditions?*

How do these stories connect us to our ancestors, and to each other?

How...

How have these stories changed over time?

How can we learn what the people who share this story view as 'good' or 'naughty' behavior from the way they tell the story?

How do our favorite tricksters help us identify rules worth breaking?

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*Do your research and be respectful of the people whose culture the story belongs to before sharing a trickster story.

Many stories, particularly those originating from Indigenous and First Nations people through Turtle Island, are respected as living or told as a closed practice due to cultural and historical reasons-  or under threat of distortion from colonizers, can only be shared by authorized storytellers.

Some may only be shared during specific events and seasons. Some  stories are sung, or shared in a rhythm of call-and-response.

Some trickster stories coincide with religious faiths and cultural creation stories, while others are relatively recent additions from pop culture. Some must be told exactly the same while others are welcome for anyone to make their own spin on them.

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STEP 3: USE WHAT YOU HAVE

From Theory To Real-World: Creative Reflection

Time to move from theory to reality. Use creative play to integrate what we've learned, take responsibility, and own what's within our control.

Infants & Toddlers

Crib Mobile for Baby Troublemakers

Welcome a sense of rebellion and critical thinking early with your infant with high-contrast, newborn-friendly calls to rebel against the system. This downloadable PDF guidebook includes Sun Wukong (Monkey King) printables that will make the boring folks in your life question your parenting choices and back away slowly, so you have more room for mischief-making.

Pre-K

Sun Wukong (Monkey King) Affirmation Cards

Trace or print these full-color printable affirmation cards to give you a pep of energy when you've had enough of this bullshit kyriarchy and are ready to wreak havoc on systemic injustice.

Elementary+

Trickster Bingo

Listen to stories of tricksters both familiar and new to your family. Start with this bingo chart of popular tricksters in lore, faith, and stories from around the world.

Elementary+

How To Draw A Nine-Tailed Fox

Simple step-by-step guide on how to draw a chibi-style Nine-Tailed fox, via Aram of How To Draw For Kids.

Create a drawing of your favorite trickster and tell us about your creation in the comments below.

RAISING LUMINARIES

Hi, I’m Ashia, founder & Head Custodian of Infodumpery for Raising Luminaries.

I create free tool kits to help overworked caregivers ignite the next generation of leaders.

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IT'S STILL OKAY TO LAUGH

Hard conversations with humor & joy

Every month the Luminary Braintrust tackles a new member challenge to make talking about social justice easier in real life.

STEP 4: ASSESS YOUR CAPACITY

Step Into Your Power: Take Action

Learning and talking is great - but nothing will change until we take action. Whether it's time, money, or influence - we all have something we can share to change the world.

This is who we are. This is the power we hold. This is how we show up.

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Support Indigenous Children's Access to Ancestral Stories

Indigenous Storytime provides wakanyeja (children) with access to indigenous culture and language to support a positive indigenous cultural identity.

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Unite Against Book Bans

Children's book censorship targets the traditional and lived stories of BIPOC, LGBTQi2S+, disabled, and other people forced into silence and stigma. Learn how to advocate against censorship with in your local elections to end and prevent book bans motivated by bigotry.

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Bonus Resources

Share what worked for your family (and what didn't).

Add the resources you suggest in the comments below to help families like yours.

WATCH

Trickster Playlist

Collecting our favorite trickster stories for older kids & adults as we find good ones. Share your favorites in the comments.

Via Raising Luminaries

READ

Subverting Racist Gatekeeping in Kidlit

Zetta Elliott advocates for opportunities so under-represented creators can share their stories - and how to circumvent the gatekeepers who prefer us silent.

via Zetta Elliott

JOIN

Is Your Fave Kids Movie Problematic?

Join me as I unpack a new kids movie every week to celebrate diverse representation and rip apart problematic tropes.

via our Luminary Braintrust Membership Community

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Shake Whatcha Got

I couldn't resist making some subversive kids shirts out of our Rebel Baby Mobile graphics.

Grab a trickster t-shirt with Sun Wukong,' Nezha about to set shit on fire, or a pooping bunny. Your orders support my work on this toolkit.

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I’m an Autistic, multiracial (Chinese/Irish) 2nd-generation settler raising two children alongside my partner on the homelands of the Wampanoag and Massachusett people. My goal with Raising Luminaries is to collaborate with families and educators in raising the next generation of kind & courageous leaders, so we can all smash the kyriarchy together.

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Hi, I’m Ashia, founder & Head Custodian of Infodumpery for Raising Luminaries.

I create free tool kits to help overworked caregivers ignite the next generation of leaders.

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Published: Last Updated on

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