This month’s History title


“All the real Indians died off” : and 20 other myths about Native Americans

by Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne

In this enlightening book, scholars and activists Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker tackle a wide range of myths about Native American culture and history that have misinformed generations. Tracing how these ideas evolved, and drawing from history, the authors disrupt long-held and enduring myths such as: ‘Columbus Discovered America’; ‘Thanksgiving Proves the Indians Welcomed Pilgrims’; ‘Indians Were Savage and Warlike’; ‘Europeans Brought Civilization to Backward Indians’; ‘The United States Did Not Have a Policy of Genocide’; ‘Sports Mascots Honor Native Americans’; ‘Most Indians Are on Government Welfare’; ‘Indian Casinos Make Them All Rich’; [and] ‘Indians Are Naturally Predisposed to Alcohol.’ Each chapter deftly shows how these myths are rooted in the fears and prejudice of European settlers and in the larger political agendas of a settler state aimed at acquiring Indigenous land and tied to narratives of erasure and disappearance. Accessibly written and revelatory.


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