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"All the real Indians died off" : and 20 other myths about Native Americans / Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker.


"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, "All the Real Indians Died Off" challenges readers to rethink what they have been taught about Native Americans and history."--Publisher's description.

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  • ISBN: 9780807062654
  • ISBN: 0807062650
  • ISBN: 9780807062661
  • ISBN: 0807062669
  • Physical Description: xi, 208 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, [2016]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-208).
Formatted Contents Note:
"All the real Indians died off" -- "Indians were the first immigrants to the Western hemisphere" -- "Columbus discovered America" -- "Thanksgiving proves the Indians welcomed the Pilgrims" -- "Indians were savage and warlike" -- "Indians should move on and forget the past" -- "Europeans brought civilization to the backward Indians" -- "The United States did not have a policy of genocide" -- "US Presidents were benevolent or at least fair-minded toward Indians" -- "The only real Indians are full-bloods, and they are dying off" -- "The United States gave Indians their reservations" -- "Indians are wards of the state" -- "Sports mascots honor Native Americans" -- "Native American culture belongs to all Americans" -- "Most Indians are on government welfare" -- "Indian casinos make them all rich" -- "Indians are anti-science" -- "Indians are naturally predisposed to alcoholism" -- "What's the problem with thinking of Indian women as princesses or squaws?" -- "Native Americans can't agree on what to be called" -- "Indians are victims and deserve our sympathy" -- Historical timeline.
Subject: Indians of North America > Historiography.
Native peoples > United States
SOCIAL SCIENCE > Ethnic Studies > Native American Studies.
HISTORY > Native American.
Indians of North America > Historiography.

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