Since the Thanksgiving holiday (November 25-28) is right around the
corner, I thought I'd post this very short e-mail we received tonight:
To Pinky et al., Please consider doing a story on the "real" Thanksgiving. It's not the turkey or stuffing we should be giving thanks to - how about Tisquantum and the Native Americans? - KawahineMy reply:
We're not making any videos right now, but I agree with you that Thanksgiving is a perfect opportunity for Americans to re-examine the historical origins of the United States. Personally I am thankful that so many scholars have made the effort to write so many useful books on the subject, so that the rest of us don't have to spend our lives believing racist misinformation and fake creation myths. I will post some of my favorites in our blog. Thank you for the reminder.
So, for those of you who prefer reading to watching football, here's my list, as promised. I guarantee that spending your day with any one of these books + a cup of hot chocolate will dramatically improve your Thanksgiving, though probably not your mood.
500 Years of Indigenous Resistance (Gord Hill)
Basic Call to Consciousness (edited by Akwesasne Notes)
A Little Matter of Genocide: Holocaust and Denial in the Americas 1492 to the Present
American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World (David Stannard)
Conquest: Sexual Violence And American Indian Genocide (Andrea Smith)
Custer Died For Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto (Vine Deloria Jr.)
Facing West: The Metaphysics Of Indian-Hating And Empire-Building (Richard Drinnon)
In the Courts of the Conqueror: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided (Walter R. Echo-Hawk)
And, since Hawaii is also claimed by the United States and lots of turkeys get eaten on Thanksgiving Day over there too, I'll add in this one:
Islands In Captivity: The International Tribunal On The Rights Of Indigenous Hawaiians (Sharon Venne and Ward Churchill, editors)
Posted by Bunny.
Bunny: Oh yeah, I forgot. Thanks Kim.