"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 e-book, 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 rules developed, and drawing from heritage, 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 executive Welfare”
“Indian Casinos cause them to All Rich”
“Indians Are certainly Predisposed to Alcohol”

Each bankruptcy deftly exhibits how those myths are rooted within the fears and prejudice of eu settlers and within the higher political agendas of a settler kingdom 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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1 In short, Reich participated in a genetic research study that proposed that some Native Americans could be descendants of Han Chinese. “When Moya-Smith interviewed Reich about the study, his most pressing concern was the Bering Strait hypothesis. Moya-Smith asked, “We all know the Bering Strait theory as just that—a theory.  . when did scientists elevate it to fact? ” “No,” Reich replied. “I don’t think it is considered fact. ” We can think of the land bridge theory as a master narrative that for a couple of centuries has served multiple ideological agendas, lasting despite decades of growing evidence that casts doubt on the way the story has been perpetuated in textbooks and popular media.

It also comes from those who provided influence along the way. That includes all of the family members and friends, professors, teaching assistants, mentors, counselors, colleagues, librarians, and various others who provide the support—in all its myriad forms—that it takes to be an academic, be it a student, professor, department chair, or research associate. Every person who was there on our journey has in some small or big way contributed to this book. That’s a lot of people. But such a book comes from more than just working with influential people, having academic training, and knowing the most current theoretical and pedagogical trends in the fields of history, Native American studies, American studies, and all the other disciplines that feed into them.

Thus we use the terms “Indian,” “Indigenous,” “Native American,” and “Native” interchangeably but defer to specific nation names whenever possible. ” For this reason we also integrate the term “Fourth World” (which we define in myth 1) to emphasize the geopolitical nature of Indigenous peoples. INTRODUCTION It is quite possible that war is the continuation of politics by another means, but isn’t politics itself a continuation of war by other means? —Michel Foucault1 No collectivity of people in US American society is as enigmatic or misunderstood as Indigenous peoples.

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