I came across your blog somehow in my quest for more information on Columbus Day. I felt I needed to educate myself on the "holiday" and understand the true history behind this day. I have passed on all that I have found to my friends via Facebook.
Thank you for your information you have to generously made public and thank you for enlightening me about many things I was unaware of about your culture. I will continue to spread all that I know about the real truth about this day and hope that some day all will know the true meaning connected to the name Columbus and it will no longer be a holiday and one of celebration.
It is strange as I am not sure how to direct this or whom to direct this to, but as a white person, I feel somehow responsible for actions of those from the past. We seem to destroy all that is good. My 20 years old daughter asked me what I thought our country would be like today had the Native Americans been able to defend themselves against the white man or had the white man come in true peace. The thought leads me to so many thoughts as I do believe this was not the path your culture should have been forced to be on and most certainly not the path we should have been on either. Something is terribly wrong with how things are today and how they have been since stepping foot on your soil. Our "now", is the result of our past-this is a sad thought for me. For any responsibility that any of my ancestors had in the decimation of your culture I would like you to know that I feel apologetic and the same for all that continues to happen today. I am ashamed to call myself American, it seems so inappropriate.
I left the US 4 years ago and live in the Basque Country of Spain, another place where people fight to gain and maintain their freedom but have suffered greatly at the hands of the Spanish government. It has been difficult to understand their fight here as a non-Basque but somehow I have a better understanding relating it in some way to that of the Native American.
I am not sure my words are appropriate, but felt I wanted at least one Native American to read what I was thinking on this day.
Rhonda (name changed)
Thank you so much for emailing me! It really made my day. The issue of "re-educating" folks about Native American history, culture, contributions, and systematic genocide is near and dear to my heart.
This is what I always say: There is no other place in the world for us. This is our land. We are of the land. This is where we learned about life from the weather conditions of this country, from the land and from the sea around THESE lands, the indigenous plants that grow here, the indigenous animals that adapted to these conditions, and the conditions themselves, are us. This is our heritage and story. If you are an American who has ancestral heritage in Ireland, you can go to Ireland and still see people and traditions from that heritage. We can't. If we don't keep it alive here and teach others, then we will disappear all together.
We need allies who can help re-educate and inform others. You are doing just what you need to be doing right now! Thank you, thank you, thank you.
From time to time, I post emails I receive on the blog - do you feel comfortable having your message spread in that manner? May I repost it?
So nice to hear from you. I was not sure if my email was appropriate as I wanted to be sure my words were proper and fitting.
I tried looking for you on Facebook, but there are several people with your name. Maybe I should have tried your email, but I don't have FB access at work. Please find me!
I can't speak for ALL Native Americana and don't know all the controversy around The Canary Effect, but I do use it and I have it posted on the blog. I like Ward Churchill (though I know he has received some bad press) and the video uses primary sources. Having said that, all media and information needs to be evaluated, questioned, and considered - however it is getting used.
Aay again Sister Claudia.....this is Tessa, over the past several years I've written, first was to ask your permission to post thru my group, the letter you wrote, "A Letter To A Teacher", which you granted. It is sad that this letter is still relevant today, yet it is so. I cannot thank you enough for all you've done & do for our young ones, & those who have our young ones on a daily basis thru public ed. Until truth is taught in all public schools, & required by home schoolers alike, we have this ongoing battle for our young ones. The only thing going to save them from much unrest is truth in education. Many blessings to you & to all you hold dear, Tessa (named changed)
I'm so glad you are still spreading the word!
I will soon have a chapter in a book coming out about covert/passive racism. I will post information on the blog when it becomes a reality.
Sadly, writing a letter is a start, but not enough. I continue to have to follow up with schools about the very issues I outlined in the just-as-current-now-as-it-was-when-I-wrote-it letter!