LAST REAL INDIANS

Zíċataŋka Aŋpétu (Turkey Day)
By: Dawi Huhamaza

It’s Native American Heritage month.  Yippie!  Huzzah!  Hoka!  We have a month all to ourselves where we can display our culture and be proud.  In 1990, George Bush Sr. (his administration and himself, of course) designated November as “National American Indian Heritage Month,” but it seems to me only recently have I become aware of it.  I don’t remember ever hearing about it growing up in school.  But wait a second, why November?  November ‘tis the season to misappropriate and indoctrinate people in the legend and myth of the original inhabitants of North America (Turtle Island/Ḳéya Wíta).  No-Scalp-November is when young people all across the United States get their “Indian” education, aside from the typical Bering Strait theory-accepted-as-fact bullcrap.  Kindergarteners across the nation will be donning their multi-colored construction paper headdresses and brown paper sack buckskin (such indignities I faced at that age in Tennessee), with their faces painted with simple lines of various colors, and learn to war whoop and speak in broken english.  Not only must we face these mockeries around Halloween, we have to deal with them in the media and education system for an entire lunar month.  Just saw another bar ad today telling people to, “party like a pilgrim and drink like an Indian.” Thanksgiving has questionable origins to begin with.  The myth goes something like this; “The Pilgrims left England to search for a land to be free from religious oppression, and coming to the Americas, had difficulty surviving until the friendly Indian Squanto came along and taught them how to live with the land.  Once they learned how to tame the wilderness and dwell here, they held a feast with like, 23 cornucopias, and invited Squanto and all his Indian friends where they played games and made hand turkeys and colored paper headdresses.”

Zíċataŋka Aŋpétu (Turkey Day)

By: Dawi Huhamaza

It’s Native American Heritage month.  Yippie!  Huzzah!  Hoka!  We have a month all to ourselves where we can display our culture and be proud.  In 1990, George Bush Sr. (his administration and himself, of course) designated November as “National American Indian Heritage Month,” but it seems to me only recently have I become aware of it.  I don’t remember ever hearing about it growing up in school.  But wait a second, why November?  November ‘tis the season to misappropriate and indoctrinate people in the legend and myth of the original inhabitants of North America (Turtle Island/Ḳéya Wíta).  No-Scalp-November is when young people all across the United States get their “Indian” education, aside from the typical Bering Strait theory-accepted-as-fact bullcrap.  Kindergarteners across the nation will be donning their multi-colored construction paper headdresses and brown paper sack buckskin (such indignities I faced at that age in Tennessee), with their faces painted with simple lines of various colors, and learn to war whoop and speak in broken english.  Not only must we face these mockeries around Halloween, we have to deal with them in the media and education system for an entire lunar month.  Just saw another bar ad today telling people to, “party like a pilgrim and drink like an Indian.” 

Thanksgiving has questionable origins to begin with.  The myth goes something like this; “The Pilgrims left England to search for a land to be free from religious oppression, and coming to the Americas, had difficulty surviving until the friendly Indian Squanto came along and taught them how to live with the land.  Once they learned how to tame the wilderness and dwell here, they held a feast with like, 23 cornucopias, and invited Squanto and all his Indian friends where they played games and made hand turkeys and colored paper headdresses.”

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