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  • Eye of the Beholder

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    History, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Sometimes, though, the mind’s eye distorts our historical “vision” and memory to suit other purposes. Three summers ago, Juli Meanwhile posted a letter from the Ayn Rand Institute to the U.S. Senate opposing the idea of a formal apology to the American Indians for all… more

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  • Coming Together

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    Making amends takes many forms. In California, a state with no indigenous colleges, tribes like the Miwok — who previously inhabited Yosemite Valley and San Francisco Bay — also have no reservation. With by far the largest indigenous population in the country, California could easily help its tribes to establish a first-rate Native American university… more

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  • Condemned by History

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    In the chapter titled Novels Disguised as History, from the book A Writer’s Reality, renowned Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa describes how the Quechua Inca were paralyzed by their religion when confronted by the alien patterns of war and peace presented by the Spanish conquerors, enabling a force of less than two hundred Europeans to… more

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  • Marketing Stereotypes

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    “I`d like to get the Indian ointment.” This is what German consumers say at the pharmacy after having seen a TV commercial on Kytta, an ointment of comfrey (“knitbone”) for muscle and bone aches. The over-the counter product is manufactured by Merck in Darmstadt, Germany, the oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company in the world with… more

  • Out of the Silence

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    The decaying totems of Haida Gwaii, documented in William Reid and Adelaide de Menil’s 1971 book Out of the Silence, were living monuments to a form of communication about the values of a civilization in decline. The 2007 formation of the United League of Indigenous Nations, as well as the Coast Salish Gathering, are testimonials… more

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