“All the Real Indians Died Off”: And 20 Other Myths about Native Americans

Book – Non-fiction. By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker. 2016. 224 pages.
Deconstructs persistent myths about American Indians rooted in fear and prejudice—an astute and lively primer of European-Indian relations.

  • Time Periods: 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century, 21st Century, All US History | Themes: Native American | Reading Levels: Adult, High School | Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction

“All the Real Indians Died Off”: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's HistoryAs Dunbar-Ortiz and Gilio-Whitaker explain: “Most U.S. citizens’ knowledge about Indians is inaccurate, distort­ed, or limited to elementary school textbooks, cheesy old spaghetti westerns, or more contemporary films like Danc­es with Wolves or The Last of the Mohicans.

All the Real Indians Died Off is an astute and lively primer of European-Indian relations. “Columbus the Discoverer,” the “welcoming Thanksgiving,” Indian “savage­ry,” “benevolent presidents,” the “gift of reservations,” “honoring” Native Americans with sports mascots, “casinos have made Indians rich”—Dun­bar-Ortiz and Gilio-Whitaker brilliantly dissect these and other myths. These myths are not just unfortunate. They legitimate the ongoing oppres­sion and exploitation of this country’s First Nations people. The language is not always high school student friendly, but every teacher will learn lots from this fine book. [Description by Rethinking Schools.]

ISBN: 9780807062654  | Published by Beacon Press.

 

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