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Indigenous history



  • Are Native Land Acknowledgments Empty Gestures?

    by Graeme Wood

    Too often, says Atlantic writer Graeme Wood, the rote ackowledgment by a speaker that an event is taking place on land historically occupied by an indigenous people is an empty gesture that short-circuits discussion of Native demands.



  • Rethinking Afro-Indigenous History in the United States

    by Kyle T. Mays

    A historian argues for rethinking the cultural practices of enslaved Africans and their encounters with Native Americans by considering that both were, in a sense, "indigenous" resistance to the European settler-colonialist agenda. 


  • The Fantasy of Hispanic Heritage Month

    by Frank P. Barajas

    Conceived by a Congressman to honor the contributions of ethnic Mexicans to American society, Hispanic Heritage Month is based in a mythical Spanish past that obscures the indigenous history of the west and legitimates the succession of power from Iberian to Anglo elites. 



  • The Fruit of Power

    Raoul Peck's documentary "Exterminate All The Brutes" considers not just the history of settler colonialism, but the epistemology of history in contexts where the powerful seek to shape knowledge. 



  • Aruká Juma, Last Man of His Tribe, Is Dead

    As the last fluent speaker of the tribe’s language, Mr. Juma’s death means that much of the tribe’s language and many of its traditions and rituals will be forever lost.



  • How Bad History Feeds Far-Right Fantasies

    by Thomas Lecaque

    A fellow medievalist argues that Jeff Fynn-Paul failed to read or understand the historical literature before writing a controversial recent essay exculpating Europeans for mass death in the course of colonialism.



  • Settler Fantasies, Televised

    by Hannah Manshell

    The genre of house hunting and home improvement shows involve contestants claiming the prerogatives of owning property, which has historically been allotted to white people at the expense of the indigenous in several societies. 



  • Puerto Rico earthquakes imperil island’s indigenous heritage

    by Jorge L. Chinea

    Many indigenous ruins lie along the shore, where ancient settlements thrived. A relatively new wave of researchers are only beginning to explore these endangered places, rediscovering the ancient relics, statues, stone engravings and paintings created and used by the Taíno people.