Native American Studies

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

By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Unpacks the twenty-one most typical myths and misconceptions approximately local Americans

In this enlightening publication, students and activists Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker take on quite a lot of myths approximately local American tradition and background that experience misinformed generations. Tracing how those rules advanced, and drawing from heritage, the authors disrupt long-held and enduring myths such as:

“Columbus found 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 lead 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 greater 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 true Indians Died Off” demanding situations readers to reconsider what they've been taught approximately local americans and historical past.

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They learned to speak the Natives’ languages, intermarried, and had children with them, sometimes for love or companionship, sometimes just to build alliances and gain access to Native territories and to convert them to Christianity. 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.

1 He did, however, set into motion a tidal wave of destruction so cataclysmic that many scholars believe it is unparalleled in recorded history. From an Indigenous standpoint, he has been wrongfully venerated. He is widely credited with initiating the transatlantic slave trade and catalyzing a genocide from which Native people are still recovering. The Columbus discovery story can be thought of as the greatest piece of propaganda of the last five centuries. A growing abundance of scholarship and popular literature in the past few decades has deconstructed the actual history of Cristóbal Colón’s odyssey to the “New World,” unraveling the singular portrayal of Columbus as a hero, much to the chagrin of some conventional scholars.

M’Intosh (1823), Marshall argued that “the superior genius of Europe” claimed an ascendancy over the Indigenous peoples and that the bestowal of civilization and Christianity was ample compensation to the inhabitants. ”17 The doctrine of discovery is to this day one of the bedrock principles by which the United States administers its relationship with American Indians. Indigenous inferiority and European superiority is thus still affirmed as the predominant paradigm in federal Indian law. For legal scholar Robert A.

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