honor the man who reputedly discovered America (not)

image…Columbus Day 2018 … How ironic this day set aside to honor the man who reputedly discovered America (not) … falls on the heels of the most contentious Supreme Court confirmation process in American history … wherein “white” male assaultive behavior was justified by a “white” kangaroo court and vindictively reported to Americans by a token-kangaroo-press…

It’s Indigenous Peoples Day. Do you know whose stolen land you’re on?

 

Wagatwe Wanjuki  …Daily Kos Staff …2018/10/08 · 11:13

 

As a child, I was taught about the explorer Christopher Columbus, who allegedly discovered America. I still remember my elementary school teacher reading “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue” during story time in class. We were taught that he deserved the honor of having a holiday in his name. It wasn’t until years later that I learned how his legacy has been incredibly whitewashed. He didn’t even really discover America!

Fortunately, the number of states and municipalities rejecting Columbus Day in favor of honoring Indigenous Peoples Day, like Minnesota; Alaska; Vermont; and Somerville, Massachusetts, is growing. Hawaii celebrates Discoverers’ Day, and South Dakota has Native American Day. Honoring the millions of people who lived here long before and after Columbus’ non-discovery instead of the genocidal rapist himself feels like a no-brainer. It counters the act of forgetting and rendering indigenous peoples invisible.

One easy way for us to remember and honor indigenous peoples in our lives is by recognizing that the rest of us are living on stolen land. One way is to do it through land acknowledgment, which is an intentional and formal statement made in tribute to the land’s original inhabitants. A grassroots action network called the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture explains why it’s so important:

Acknowledgment is a simple, powerful way of showing respect and a step toward correcting the stories and practices that erase Indigenous people’s history and culture and toward inviting and honoring the truth. Imagine this practice widely adopted: imagine cultural venues, classrooms, conference settings, places of worship, sports stadiums, and town halls, acknowledging traditional lands. Millions would be exposed—many for the first time—to the names of the traditional Indigenous inhabitants of the lands they are on, inspiring them to ongoing awareness and action.

Not all of us are leaders of states, cities, or events, but we can do our part: look up whose land we’re on right now. Use it as an opportunity to consider how colonization has contributed to where we are today. People in North America can use the map on native-land.ca to find out whose native land they’re on, with information about those people. The site also features a useful guide to help visitors think critically about the information at hand.

The map says I am on the occupied land of the Gabrielino/Tongva Nation. The tribe has been indigenous to the Los Angeles Basin for 7,000 years. Yet the Gabrielino-Tongva write that they are one of two tribes that don’t have federal recognition, in spite of being state-recognized. They sued the government for it earlier this year.

Whose land are you on? What can you learn about their history and present?

Learn more about the value of land acknowledgment by checking out the #HonorNativeLand campaign and watching the official video here:

…Tragically  … American history is grossly distorted to only portray “white” manipulation of events and circumstances in terms that always justify the words and actions “white” Americans take…

…Americans are TAKERS and RAPERS of all forms of Mother Earth…

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