he dead don’t bury themselves. This is one of the first lessons that every student of archaeology must learn. A grave is never evidence of some Pompeii moment, a freeze-frame of someone as they were in life. It shows how that person was treated in death and by posterity.
The apology marked the 500th anniversary of the Spanish conquest and 200 years of Mexican independence from Spain.
Las Cafeteras have made a playlist to celebrate Cinco de Mayo (5th of May).
On May 5th, 1862, the Mexican forces (primarily Indigenous) defeated the French invaders. So boom, Natives sending colonizers back where they come from? We already love it. Now once news of the victory arrived in California, Californios celebrated the first documented Cinco de Mayo celebration. But why?
For California Latinos, the Battle of Puebla was a win for two wars. They knew both the Confederate South & the French invaders were allied to expand slavery throughout the continent. These Californios & Latinos from Chile to El Salvador who arrived during the gold rush; they knew if the South won the civil war, what little rights they did have in California would soon disappear. France was like the Confederate Army’s big older brother. So the French loss on May 5th was a sign for Latinos in the U.S. that the Confederates could be beaten.
Listen on Spotify: Celebrate Cinco the way it was meant to be celebrated.
More on the history of this celebration here
A hard truth exposed by the 27th grievance—and its racist depiction of Native Americans as “merciless Indian savages” In this way, the 27th grievance helped lay the foundation for an American nationalism that would demonize the continent’s indigenous people, especially when they resisted American aggressions.
The revolution wasn’t only an effort to establish independence from the British-it was also a push to preserve slavery and suppress Native American resistance. Professor of history at University of Oregon “We hold these truths to be self evident.”
Because these wild-looking forest gardens don’t fit conventional Western notions of agriculture, it took a long time for researchers to recognize them as a human-created landscape at all.
For decades, First Nations people in British Columbia knew their ancestral homes-villages forcibly emptied in the late 1800s-were great places to forage for traditional foods like hazelnuts, crabapples, cranberries, and hawthorn. A new study reveals that isolated patches of fruit trees and berry bushes in the region’s hemlock and cedar forests were deliberately planted by Indigenous peoples in and around their settlements more than 150 years ago.
The white “race” was invented by rich Virginians in 1676 in the aftermath of a populous rebellion of impoverished, indentured, and enslaved Africans and Europeans now known as Bacon’s Rebellion.
Optical scan technology is helping researchers at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, preserve audio of 78 indigenous California languages, most of which were recorded more than a century ago. The recordings are on approximately 2,700 wax cylinders that are now barely audible due to issues such as mold. These are the only known sound recordings for several of the languages, and in many other cases, the recordings include unique speech practices and otherwise unknown stories and songs.
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The (November 20, 1969 – June 11, 1971) was a 19-month long protest when 89 American Indians and their supporters occupied Alcatraz Island. The protest was led by Richard Oakes, LaNada Means, and others; John Trudell was the spokesman. Te group lived on the island together until the protest was forcibly ended by the U.S. government. There are some amazing photos here of the occupation.
Funds for native American tribes who have been badly hit by coronavirus are flooding in from Ireland as they repay a debt dating back to the 19th-century famine.
Grateful Irish honour their Famine debt to Choctaw tribe – Independent.ie
Richard Oakes, a Mohawk student, ironworker and leader of the group, said of the movement: “Alcatraz is not an island. It’s an idea.”
The Nisqually were tailed close behind by the Northern Quest from Shxwhá:y Village in British Columbia, the yellow wooden body of their canoe painted with the crest of a white raven.
The Mayflower was a seismic moment in the creation of what is now the west, but was cataclysmic for the Wampanoag people. “It’s important we include all the voices that are significant. We won’t get it entirely right. How can you? But we’re committed to doing it better than it was before.”
Native Americans whose ancestors suffered at the hands of 17th-century European settlers and adventurers are hoping commemorative events marking the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s journey will reveal their story to the whole world – and even lead to the recovery of one their long-lost treasures.
OtD 8 Mar 1782 the Gnadenhutten massacre took place in Ohio, when American forces in the revolutionary war massacred 96 Christian Lenape native Americans, scalping 39 children, 29 women and 28 men, before pillaging and burning their village