"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 booklet, 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 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 lead them to All Rich”
“Indians Are evidently 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 country 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 americans and background.

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With the book enjoying so much success, Roxanne found herself with months of a demanding travel schedule, doing public speaking engagements to promote the book. Taking on a coauthor seemed like the expedient and smart thing to do. Knowing of Dina’s work as an award-winning journalist, speaker, and expert in Native American studies, Roxanne asked if Dina was available for the task. For Dina, as a first-time author, having a book deal handed to her was a dream come true. It was a perfect scenario all the way around.

At their core, the debates about Indianness are debates about authenticity. Authenticity is predicated upon specific dynamics that define “real” Indians. These are “commonsense” understandings that are built into society’s dominant narratives, where certain assumptions are held to be unquestionably true. ” Or real Indians live on reservations, not in cities, and they embody the requisite appropriate blood quantum. These examples imply an impossible ideal about Indians as frozen in an unchanging past, where they are unable to be both modern and Indian.

It’s true enough that the Native population had diminished dramatically throughout the centuries due to slavery, disease, war, and Christianization, which often took away people’s names, languages, and even their clothing and hair. But the larger point to understand about the self-serving function of the myth is how it was used to advance dubious—even nefarious—political agendas aimed at the continual seizure of Indian lands and resources. It was used by both the “friends” and foes of Indians to justify policies of forced assimilation, which would mean the final solution to the “Indian problem,” the ultimate disappearance of Indians to facilitate the transfer of Indian treaty lands into settler ownership.

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