No myth about Native people is as pervasive, pernicious, or self-serving as this one.
This Persistent Myth About Native Americans Needs Debunking
By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz , Dina Gilio-Whitaker / Beacon Press
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The following is an excerpt from the new book“All the Real Indians Died Off”: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz & Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Beacon Press, 2016):
When they got off the boat they didn’t recognize us. They said “who are you?” and we said “we’re the people, the human beings.” “Oh, Indians,” [they said], because they didn’t recognize what it meant to be a human being . . . but the predatory mentality shows up and starts calling us Indians and committing genocide against us as the vehicle of erasing the…
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