Cards for Decolonization
Cards For Decolonization, formerly known as Cards Against Colonialism, is a satire and humor based game. The original intent of Cards for Decolonization was to create a safe space of humor where players could have a dialogue, find healing through laughter, and maybe learn something about contemporary Indigenous issues.
We are stronger when we laugh and humor makes it easier to talk about difficult issues. Cards For Decolonization attempts to embrace the modern Native Culture, and allows us to learn and laugh at the same time.
"Through this short and profound experience, I realized how putting these stereotypes on the table can help with the decolonization of the individuals who would be playing the game. It also drives the conversation to a deeper level, shift paradigms and awakens consciousness. It leads to storytelling of one's culture, which can be liberating, transformative and set the trajectory for culture healing and revitalization.....and it is so hilariously wrong!"~Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell Hawaiian
If you like this game and want to expand it for more fun, please buy the Cards Against Colonialism Western Expansion pack that we carry too!
Made in St. Ignacious, Montana. USA.
A “White Settler” (self-description of himself) emailed Trickster and asked if it was all right for him to buy Cards for Decolonization and to play the game with friends...I reached out to the producer (or manufacturer) in Montana and they offered the following statement:
The game was made for indigenous peoples in the sense that all of the issues and jokes in the game are indigenous-centric, and may only make sense if you have the lived experience of somebody who is Native American (or First Nations). That being said, again, the original intent was to create dialogue. Many indigenous people who buy the game, play it with their non-indigenous friends as a teaching tool. A Comedian in Canada does a bit where she pulls a "token white person" on stage to play the game with, with the caveat that the token white person can ask any question they want (it's hilarious, and often really impactful).
If you would like to buy the game, I suggest buying it with the intent to learn about indigenous peoples' lived experiences. I would also strongly urge that you play the game with a group of Indigenous Peoples and yourself as the token White person.
If you want in-depth explanations about the cards check out the CFD blog where Native American authors have written about a few of the issues brought up in the game