All the Real Indians Died Off: And 20 Other Myths about Native Americans (Paperback)

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by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz


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
  • 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.

About the Author

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma in a tenant farming family. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than four decades and is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. Dunbar-Ortiz is the winner of the 2017 Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize, and is the author or editor of many books, including Not "A Nation of Immigrants."Winner of the American Book Award (2015). She lives in San Francisco.

Product Details

Category: History, Indigenous American Studies

Language: English

Format/Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

ISBN-10: 0807062650 

ISBN-13: 978-0807062654

Publisher: Beacon Press

Date Published: October 04, 2016

Pages: 224

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