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Christopher Columbus & the Death of the 500 Nations

Christopher Columbus did not discover America – Upwards of one million indigenous folks were already living in the wonderful cultures they helped create throughout North and South America when Columbus was welcomed by some of them who were later enslaved and robbed of all they had when he returned the second time.

Painting by NAME. Courtesy of the Blanton Museum at the University of Texas in Austin.

I always thought Columbus Day did not make sense. Didn’t he land on a Caribbean island and never made it to even Key West or New Orleans? I did not feel this way because of a lack of patriotism but more so out of ethics and the immorality of hidden history I discovered over the years. Experiencing Arthur Penn’s 1970 film “Little Big Man” (based on Thomas Berger’s novel) and witnessing our government’s invasion of Pine Ridge Reservation during the last of the Nixon Years truly informed me. I recently discovered a well-crafted Kevin Costner 2004 documentary “500 Nations” that depicts in four dvd’s the sad histories of the indigenous people of the Americas from Columbus to the present day.

Exhibit program notes poster in the Blanton Museum at the University of Texas in Austin.

The Episcopal Church’s Office of Indigenous Ministries created a truthful video that simply shows the effects religion has had for centuries on indigenous folks. The Episcopal Church Archives contributed telling photographs for this film. Please watch this 14-minute video that Tells the Truth now and share it with your friends every day – Thanks.

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  1. Barry Baker
    October 27, 2012 at 8:11 am

    “Sometimes the magic works, and sometimes it doesn’t”. Old Lodge Skins

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