By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Unpacks the twenty-one commonest myths and misconceptions approximately local Americans
In this enlightening booklet, students and activists Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker take on a variety of myths approximately local American tradition and historical past that experience misinformed generations. Tracing how those principles developed, and drawing from heritage, the authors disrupt long-held and enduring myths such as:
“Columbus chanced on America”
“Thanksgiving Proves the Indians Welcomed Pilgrims”
“Indians have been Savage and Warlike”
“Europeans introduced Civilization to Backward Indians”
“The usa didn't have a coverage of Genocide”
“Sports Mascots Honor local Americans”
“Most Indians Are on executive Welfare”
“Indian Casinos cause them to All Rich”
“Indians Are clearly Predisposed to Alcohol”
Each bankruptcy deftly indicates how those myths are rooted within the fears and prejudice of ecu settlers and within the better political agendas of a settler country geared toward buying Indigenous land and tied to narratives of erasure and disappearance. Accessibly written and revelatory, “All the genuine Indians Died Off” demanding situations readers to reconsider what they've been taught approximately local american citizens and historical past.
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The statement itself is a misnomer. “America” as it is usually understood refers to the United States of America, but most people understand that in 1492 the United States was still 284 years into the future. The use of the term “America” as a synonym for “United States” also ignores the rest of North America, as well as Central and South America, where countless others refer to themselves as “Americans” (Latin Americans), so the term is far too broad to have any real meaning beyond reference to the Western Hemisphere.
But by and large the history of relations between Indigenous and settler is fraught with conflict, defined by a struggle for land, which is inevitably a struggle for power and control. Five hundred years later, Native peoples are still fighting to protect their lands and their rights to exist as distinct political communities and individuals. Most US citizens’ knowledge about Indians is inaccurate, distorted, or limited to elementary-school textbooks, cheesy old spaghetti westerns, or more contemporary films like Dances with Wolves or The Last of the Mohicans.
2 Pringle documented new finds at an archaeological site at Buttermilk Creek, near Austin, Texas, revealing that humans have been present on the North American continent since at least 15,500 years ago. Her article depicts a scenario that puts people on the continent at least two thousand years earlier than previously thought—an astonishing new idea for some scientists. It details what the archaeological finds mean for scientific theories that seek to explain the “peopling” of the Americas and troubles previously held beliefs about when and how people first appeared in North America.