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"All the Real Indians Died Off": And 20 Other Myths about Native Americans
"All the Real Indians Died Off": And 20 Other Myths about Native Americans | Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Unpacks the twenty-one most common myths and misconceptions about Native Americans All the Real Indians Died Off and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans critically deconstructs persistent myths about American Indians that have taken hold in the United States. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker tackle a wide range of myths about Native American culture ( Indians Are Naturally Predisposed to Alcoholism ) and history ( Columbus Discovered America ) and trace how they developed. They deftly show how these myths are rooted in the fears and prejudice of European settlers and in the larger political agendas of the settler state aimed at acquiring Indigenous land, and that they can be traced to narratives of erasure and disappearance."
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Finally reading this. I was lucky to hear one of the authors present at the class I took a few weeks ago, and it was eye-opening and motivating. I‘m hoping to be more inclusive in my classes this year, particularly by sharing the stories of indigenous people. There are far too few state standards that include the story and voices of the only people who were actually here before this country was colonized.

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Some of the "myths" were pretty obnoxious, and I was worried that the book would pander too much to the ignorant, but the author's do a very good job of not just providing evidence to the contrary, but also examining the source of the myth and the historical reasons it has persisted.
Could also be titled: Damn, white people REALLY suck...

Weaponxgirl 😂 so many books could be titled that! I found this a interesting read, especially since I‘m from the uk so some of the myths were new to me. 8mo
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I‘m from the uk so I don‘t have a huge amount of knowledge on what First Nation people have been through throughout history even though I knew it wasn‘t good.
I learnt a lot from this and at points I really had to look at my own feelings towards certain subjects. I thought her talking about cultural appropriation was excellently done and a personal highlight.
#readingwomem2019 and late to the party for #nonfiction2019

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That sounds excellent, and sad, but a great read. 10mo
Weaponxgirl @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I just learnt so much and I love a book that challenges some ideas I didn‘t know I had (I had never thought about anthropology from the side of the people being studied before for some reason for example and how harmful it could be even though in recent years I‘ve been trying to put #ownvoices more centrally in my reading) @Simona has read a book on similar subject that I‘m hoping I‘ll have time to get to this year too 10mo
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Native American history and traditions always interest me.

Wow, I had no idea Christopher Columbus was THE WORST slave trader in ALL OF HISTORY. Some sad shit in this audiobook.

Yeah, for real, let's stop celebrating Columbus Day please. Other American countries have changed the holiday to Dia de la Diversidad y Respeto.

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Next up in the queue. #24in48 #readathon

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As many know, a false narrative of #Thanksgiving is told that erases Native genocide & valorizes colonists. Spend time w/your family, but I also I encourage you to learn more about it, reflect on settler privilege, & support Native ppl & causes.

These books are a great start, incl. one by Sarah Deer, a former prof of mine. The #StandingRockSyllabus is great too: http://tinyurl.com/jmth5jc. I also gave $ to thank #NoDAPL water protectors. ✊🏼

TheNextBook Amazing list! Thank you! 3y
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OSChamberlain This is wonderful! 3y
InLibrisVeritas Thank you for the list! 3y
BooksForEmpathy Thank you! 3y
BookInMyHands I also love this blog by Debbie Reese about Native Americans in youth literature. I've learned so much from it: https://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/?m=1 3y
BookishFeminist @BookInMyHands Debbie Reese is great! I also follow her on Twitter. I don't recommend Native books for kids or youth unless she has. She's such a gift & wish more folks stocked their school libraries with her insight! 3y
Mimi28 I am interested in learning more about what the Native Americans went through for " Thanksgiving " 3y
AliBG Thank you for this list. 3y
BeththeBookDragon My husband and I had a conversation about this yesterday. Our kids are 5 and 7, and it's hard to know how much and what of the truth to tell them when. 3y
Godmotherx5 Thanks for the book suggestions & the links. 3y
EchoLogical @bethfriedman906 I have a 6 year old and struggled with the same problem. As it stands, we've only discussed the standard narrative given in school. I think when she's a little older we'll discuss the true origins 3y
BookishFeminist @bethfriedman906 @CraZyBookLady518 Yea, it's difficult with children. I think there's a way to tell kids however without getting into gorey details. If you guys are interested at all, @TheNextBook recommended a book above for kids that might be a good thing to read with kids & @BookInMyHands recommended a blog by Debbie Reese that solely focuses on Natives in kids & YA lit, a rec I wholeheartedly second—she does a great job handling difficult ... 3y
BookishFeminist @bethfriedman906 @CraZyBookLady518 ... narratives involving Natives and their representation in kids lit. She has a ton of resources & I'd be really surprised if she didn't have stuff about Thanksgiving that would be appropriate for kids since a lot of the details are definitely difficult to handle. Best to you both ❤️ I'm glad you're both aware of the real narrative & want to educate your kids about it! You're great parents :) 3y
BookishFeminist @Mimi28 If you're unfamiliar with the story behind Thanksgiving, here's a great article that touches on the major points that led to the tradition: https://www.manataka.org/page269.html -the short story is that it started when settlers raided and massacred Pequot Indians in Massachusetts & had a feast to celebrate, so it's a difficult thing to read about. 3y
BookishFeminist @TheNextBook You're welcome & great additions! Esp the kids book since I know so many struggle with how to discuss this story with children. 3y
BookishFeminist @OSChamberlain @InLibrisVeritas @BooksForEmpathy @AliBG @Godmotherx5 Thanks! And you're welcome 💓 Such a dark time in history that is hard but important to unlearn how we're taught about it. 3y
Mimi28 @BookishFeminist Thanks for the article. I honestly couldn't read all of it because it made me so angry. Another cover-up in American history, such a shame. I will never look at Thanksgiving the same way again. Thanks for opening my eyes with this very informative and raw article 👍😊 3y
BookishFeminist @Mimi28 You're welcome- it's astonishing how much is done to suppress the truth of what happened. I have a hard time reading about it as well bc I'm furious over it. Just more reason to keep disseminating the real story to spread its importance. It's the least we can all do! (edited) 3y
WordWaller Thanks for this. Spent Thanksgiving day reading Lakota Woman and talking life things over with friends. 3y
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How much history you know from the alternative view will add or subtract from your enjoyment of this book. If you read Howard Zinn or Lies My Teacher Taught Me or any Vine Deloria, this will not be new info. Those three sources are quoted often. But, if you still think the Pilgrims and Indians got along at Thanksgiving or Columbus was friendly, this will open your mind to the true narrative that history ignores.

Karkar Love these kinds of books. 🤓 3y
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It's the return of Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz! In conversation with Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn on ALL THE REAL INDIANS DIED OFF (and 20 other myths about Native Americans).

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