The Vannokens are a post-American Indo-European ethnic group, native to Alaska.
Vannoken Culture Is A Social Experiment Of Cultural Theoretics
Vannoken culture started as a series of social experiments conducted over social media to test left-wing political theories in 2015. Mike Norton wanted to know, considering the difference between culture and race, if cultural independence could be declared from African-Americans with the invention of a new language.
When the idea was positively received on social media by conservatives and libertarians, he ran with it. He got the support of Senator candidate Bob McNeil in a digitally written declaration of
It was also digitally signed by several other military veterans Mike served with. The Vannoken Declaration of Cultural Independence is published on this website.
Mike, as well as a few others, disagreed with mainstream African-American politics. He was never given the choice to elect the African-American leaders who claimed to represent him in the media. He believed that the majority of left-leaning African-Americans are repulsed by the idea of taking personal responsibility for their history, while surrendering to a mentality of victimization.
Meanwhile, right-leaning African-Americans (like
At the same time, both groups tend to think in terms of Jim Crow laws, particularly the 1-Drop Rule. This is a cultural belief in mainstream black cultures that prevents/makes it uncool for Mike to embrace his European heritage as a mixed-race person.
While agreeing with none of the major black groups, he also didn’t support segregating himself from whites
This would require him to develop his own language, and have his own official land. Without that kind of cultural individuality, he would be no different than anyone else.
American culture allows for different kinds of cultural individuality. He liked none of the major African-American cultures; thus, he took it upon himself to lay the foundations of his own, for all cultures start somewhere.
The Vannokens started with five families, including his wife and children. The point is to simply prove that it can be
It’s a herculean task, but one believed worthy of devoting his life to. To be consistent with the declaration, Mike and the Vannoken tribe have protested African-American benefits by relinquishing any and all African-American benefits, or any governmental benefits at all, that are not equally available to whites. To aid this, Mike checks “white” or “other” whenever required to clarify his ethnicity for job, college, or other institutional applications. This is not because he thinks he is white; it is to legally relieve employers of the legal pressure to hire him on the basis of his skin color alone.
Who Are We?
Basically, we started as a small motley crew with similar backgrounds. Most of the original members come from broken homes with tragic pasts. Many of us are the children of R-selection non-strategies, born out of wedlock. We started our lives without fathers and mothers. Some of us experienced heavy abuse.
Yet, we were lucky enough to have been born as outliers. Perhaps, some of us had an abnormally high IQ, or some innate talent that led to us having a different fate than ruin. These made us misfits in our original cultures. Meanwhile, we are not victims of our misfortune. Our cultural journey of self-actualization is about developing a sense of personal responsibility and developing the strength necessary to master our lives’ tragedies.
The core, original members met as military veterans in the Navy. While on deployment, we bonded as brothers before going our separate ways. Though, we stayed in contact throughout the years and watched ourselves start families.
Meanwhile, we realized that it’s entirely possible to rebuild one’s own culture. To press our own reset button. Simply because we suffered, doesn’t mean that our children have to in the same way. We don’t have to follow the same behavior of our parents and theirs before them. We realized that we could switch from R- to K-reproductive strategies by self-actualizing, and thus reset our cycle of familial destruction with courage and sheer willpower.
English colonials once declared cultural independence from England. Vannoken culture started with an African-American declaring cultural independence from African-Americans.
We decided to rebuild our culture, from the ground up. We’ve pressed the reset button. From a tribal philosophy, to our own language and land, we’ve declared ourselves our own people.
What Are We?
We’re a small, growing ethnic group with our own developing traditions and language. We consider ourselves Indo-European, because most of our maternal chromosomes are European. This holds true, even if some of the tribe members are not white-dominant in physical appearance. Many are, though. Meanwhile, the 1-Drop Rule of the Jim Crow laws has been rendered long defunct.
Because of this, there is no distinct look to the first-generation Vannokens. However, most (though, not all) of the second generation is turning out to look akin to Icelanders. Many of our children have blonde or auburn hair, light skin, and high cheek bones. Following this pattern, the Vannokens are likely to continue evolving into being white-dominant in the future, with a distinct bone structure. Though, it’s important to reinforce that a physical look is not the focus of what makes a Vannoken a Vannoken.
Thus, we’ve sought to rebuild our culture on principles inspired by Martin Luther King’s legendary speech about judging people by the content of their character, rather than the color of their skin. All original members of the tribe are genomic hybrids; however,
We consider ourselves one of the first “post-American” Native American tribes. The term “post-American” refers to an ethnic group forming as native to North American soil after the founding of the United States. This is to present a clear technical designation between us and the “pre-American” Native American tribes, such as the Cherokee, or Mohicans. We call ourselves a tribe because the “tribe” is the first form of any civilization. Perhaps, many generations in the future, it would be appropriate to call us something else.
Most of us so happen to be libertarian, capitalistic thinkers. However, this is a byproduct of our personalities. There is no actual, mandatory, restricted way of thinking that would prevent deviation. “Thought-crimes” do not exist in Vannoken culture. Individualistic freedom is paramount; the rights of the individual
Our unifying philosophy is one of individualism, self-determinism, self-actualization, meritocracy, and personal responsibility. Self-reflection and critical thinking for one’s personal evolution
Therein, two Vannokens may have completely different personalities, religions, and life directions. They may agree on some things, while disagreeing on others. There is also a sense of traditional and liberal Vannoken culture. The leader has the power to say what is traditional and what is not. But, in the event that any member wants to deviate from traditional Vannoken culture (such as in parenting style), that’s fine. The difference in opinion doesn’t make the non-traditional Vannoken any less Vannoken; they are just considered non-traditional.
What unifies us as a people are our traditions, values, language, food, and land. Though, not every Vannoken speaks the language fluently. Not everyone follows every tradition. Meanwhile, there is no punishment system for not adhering to values in a perfect manner. Conduct is laissez-faire; actions punish or reward themselves without cultural leadership interference.
American laws and its judicial system govern the tribe and all its members equally. There is no special exalted status for the leader. The leader’s role is only to use his or her skills to benefit the tribe. This includes, but isn’t limited to, business consulting, hosting fundraisers, and public relations. Meanwhile, there is no monetary requirement to be a part of the tribe.
Our traditions are for preserving methods of solving family problems. After solving a family challenge, we reflect on the experience. A tradition then forms to preserve the solution and pass it on to future generations. Our leadership may never initiate any kind of force upon its members for any cultural reason. Meanwhile, all Vannoken traditions are optional, and religion-neutral.
The name of our language is “Vanno.” It’s a constructed language (“conlang” for short). We engineered Vanno from the mechanics of all the major business languages of the world. English, Russian, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese are
We’ve declared Alaska our native land. This occurred by purchasing private property used for our declaration of cultural independence. Though, there is no requirement for any individual member of the tribe to live on the land at any one time. There is also no requirement for any tribe members to visit the land at any particular time.
Some members of the tribe are serving in the military, overseas. Others already have land and homes of their own in different parts of America. Some are civilian expats living outside of America. We made the initial purchase of land for the sake of political solidification. However, tribe members are free to come and go as they please and live anywhere they wish.
We are free from Jim Crow laws. Therein, we acknowledge all genetic and cultural ancestors. Children of biracial families within the tribe are free to honor any ancestors they wish. This holds true, regardless of genetic percentages of the child’s makeup. We consider all other racial groups in America our cousins because of genetic connection, yet cultural separation.
Traditional Vannoken food is eclectic, reflecting mixed experiences and cultures we’ve come in contact with while traveling the world. Our diet is ketogenic, for the most part; this means it’s high in proteins and fats, while low in sugars. Though, this does not mean that we don’t eat sugary foods at all.
Vannoken culture is the result of the melting pot theory. Though, it’s not a culture derived from post-modernistic thinking. This is part of why we declared cultural independence. It is the result of cultural and racial intermixing; yet, it is its own entity with a solid value system.
There are no mind-altering practices within Vannoken culture. There are no cultural requirements for meditation or rationalizations for drugs. For instance, an individual Vannoken may be a Buddhist or practice Yoga. As a part of these, they may meditate. But their decision to meditate is individualistic as a part of studying Buddhism or Yoga. That is not Vannoken culture, itself.
Our concept of merit pertains to how one benefits society. This includes our usefulness to people outside of the ethnic group. How we serve our country, build helpful technology, and accomplish good things in the economy. This ethnic group formed in large part because we disagreed with the current African-American leaders and public figures. We didn’t elect them to represent us in the media. They do not speak for us. This website serves as a means for full transparency of every element of the culture. Only three aspects of information are withheld:
- How to speak Vanno, itself
- The personal information (eg. names and locations) of each tribe member
- The precise number of the tribe’s population
Meanwhile, we are not very concerned with growing our population. Most of us would like to have as many children as possible. There are also opportunities for other people to join on a case-by-case scenario. However, there is no major push for any kind of recruitment.
Learning Vanno is withheld from the public for national security reasons. During WWII, the United States military used Navajo to help gain an advantage over foreign enemies with encoded messages. In the event that the US military would need another language to use for the same purpose, it’s better if the language is kept exclusive. Threats to national security could use Vanno against America, otherwise.
The individual locations of the tribe members, as well as the exact number of how many Vannokens there are, are kept secret. This is for our personal safety.
There is a sense of an in- and out-group, but this is not deliberate. It’s merely the natural byproduct of the following:
- Not everyone in the world speaks our language.
- We keep our own family records of who’s in the tribe for genealogical purposes (such as
childbirths). Though,this is to develop our own sense of history, and nothing more.
So, if you’re not a child of a Vannoken family, and/or you don’t speak the language, it’s natural to feel on the outside. But it’s the same context as who is a
People can still benefit from Vannoken ideas, inventions, etc. even if they’re not members of the tribe. Many people outside of the tribe may read the content of this site and benefit their own lives. We fully encourage
This is because we don’t believe in cultural appropriation, to begin with. Which is one of the many things we disagree with the current minority leaders in America
How Are We?
We are not oppressed. We are already free (with the exception of taxes). The age of African-American slavery is long over, and the Jim Crow laws are long gone. No one owes us anything. We would just like to move on and become our fullest, best selves. Our narrative struggle is the resistance against bygone thinking, and that is all.
For us, it’s a matter of maintaining and maximizing the freedom we already have as we
We fund the development of Vannoken culture in two ways:
That’s all. There is no monetary requirement to be a part of the tribe, nor will there ever be. Vannoken economics is ultra-capitalistic. We build companies, large and small, to fund the purchasing of land and
We do not want any kind of government assistance. The only government assistance we support are programs like the GI Bill, which first require the Vannoken to earn it by serving in the American military
Our fundraisers are in the realm of selling t-shirts, books, etc. We want the challenge of building ourselves with the might of our character and the value of our skills. No more, no less. If we fail to provide the value to the international economy that earns us the revenue we need to advance ourselves, then we do not deserve to exist.
We can also stop existing at any