"All the Real Indians Died Off": And 20 Other Myths About by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

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 background, the authors disrupt long-held and enduring myths such as:

“Columbus came upon 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 govt 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 kingdom aimed 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 background.

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Brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells. They willingly traded everything they owned.  . They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features.  . They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane.  . They would make fine servants.  . ”5 It was gold Columbus wanted to know about, and as soon as he made landfall he began terrorizing the Indigenous people, taking captives, including women as sex slaves for the men.

In the subsequent five centuries since those early encounters, gaining access to that land has been the central factor that has shaped the relationships between Indigenous peoples and immigrant. Those relationships have never ceased to be vexed and conflict-ridden. They have been and continue to be characterized by seemingly endless ignorance, arrogance, and misunderstanding. Where do the myths about Native people come from? What are the motives behind them and what purpose do they serve? To answer these questions we need to look at the ways experts in the social sciences talk about history, the nature of the society we live in, and how modern countries are formed.

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.

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