By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Unpacks the twenty-one commonest myths and misconceptions approximately local Americans
In this enlightening ebook, students and activists Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker take on a variety of myths approximately local American tradition and heritage that experience misinformed generations. Tracing how those principles advanced, and drawing from heritage, the authors disrupt long-held and enduring myths such as:
“Columbus came across 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 certainly Predisposed to Alcohol”
Each bankruptcy deftly indicates how those myths are rooted within the fears and prejudice of eu settlers and within the higher 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 americans and historical past.
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Extra info for "All the Real Indians Died Off": And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans
Indigenous population density in pre-contact North and South America has been a hotly debated topic among scholars for decades. ”9 By 1890, 228,000 American Indians were counted in the United States, a time scholars generally agree was the nadir of the Indigenous population in the country. If we use Thornton’s number, seven million, 228,000 represents a population decline of roughly 97 percent. ”10 In other words, American Indians today can be said to have survived genocide of apocalyptic proportions, more dramatic than any other in recorded history.
Then, somewhere around seventeen thousand years ago, the last ice age locked up so much of the earth’s water in ice that it caused sea levels to drop, exposing a massive section of land in the Bering Sea, creating what is referred to as the Bering Strait Land Bridge or Beringia. It was only because of the land bridge that people could eventually migrate from east to west and spread southward as the earth gradually warmed and ice sheets retreated, opening up passable routes. 3 Genetic studies during the past two decades have rendered clues that connect modern-day Native Americans with Asians, providing further evidence for the theory that today’s Indians are no more than yesterday’s Asians.
2 Beginning in colonial times, Columbus was widely lionized as a national hero. In 1906 Colorado became the first state to establish an official holiday in his honor, and in 1937 Columbus Day gained federal status. Then Samuel Eliot Morison penned the two-volume Admiral of the Ocean Sea, based on his own ambitious re-creation of Columbus’s first voyage in a three-masted ship. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for literature in 1943 and earned Morison a reputation as the preeminent scholar on Columbus in the United States.
"All the Real Indians Died Off": And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz