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By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

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

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

“Columbus stumbled on 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 ecu settlers and within the better 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 american citizens and heritage.

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Bill Ayers “Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States should be essential reading in schools and colleges. It pulls up the paving stones and lays bare the deep history of the United States, from the corn to the reservations. If the United States is a ‘crime scene,’ as she calls it, then Dunbar-Ortiz is its forensic scientist. ” —Vijay Prashad, author of The Poorer Nations “This may well be the most important US history book you will read in your lifetime. If you are expecting yet another ‘new’ and improved historical narrative or synthesis of Indians in North America, think again.

6 O’Brien’s work—as that of numerous other scholars—is to challenge the myths that equate blood purity and cultural stasis with Native authenticity. 2 million people identified as Native American or Alaska Native, either alone or in combination with other races. 9 million people identified as Native American or Alaska Native alone. But because the vanishing Indian myth is today more concerned with the authenticity of those who claim to be Indians, a nuanced argument is required, one that we will return to repeatedly.

Tackled this issue nearly two decades ago in his classic book Red Earth, White Lies: Native Americans and the Myth of Scientific Fact. The problem, Deloria contended, is that science has become venerated as the purveyor of ultimate truth, in the way religion was before the Enlightenment. ”6 Authority is all too often vested in whatever scientific theory is popular at any given moment, and “science” is often aided by the power of academic politics, sometimes even regardless of a concept’s verifiability.

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