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"All the Real Indians Died Off"

And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans
Narrated by: Laural Merlington
Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: History, Americas

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Publisher's Summary

In this enlightening book, scholars and activists Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker tackle a wide range of myths about Native American culture and history that have misinformed generations. Tracing how these ideas evolved, and drawing from history, the authors disrupt long-held and enduring myths such as:

  • "Columbus Discovered America"
  • "Thanksgiving Proves the Indians Welcomed Pilgrims"
  • "Indians Were Savage and Warlike"
  • "Europeans Brought Civilization to Backward Indians"
  • "The United States Did Not Have a Policy of Genocide"
  • "Sports Mascots Honor Native Americans"

Each chapter deftly shows how these myths are rooted in the fears and prejudice of European settlers and in the larger political agendas of a settler state aimed at acquiring Indigenous land and tied to narratives of erasure and disappearance. Accessibly written and revelatory, All the Real Indians Died Off challenges listeners to rethink what they have been taught about Native Americans and history.

©2016 Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Dunbar-Ortiz and Gilio-Whitaker admirably aim to explode popular, damaging, and inherently limiting myths about Native Americans, continuing the work begun in Dunbar-Ortiz's well-received An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Alyssa shade
  • 15-09-19

I want EVERYONE IN THE USA TO READ THIS

Finally Native American misunderstandings get debunked in a clear and easy to comprehend manner
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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-19

Straight to the Point and Well Organized

I found this book a truly wonderful source of common misnomers surrounding Native Americans. This book is very straight forward and tells you exactly what beliefs about or considering Native Americans are false. You can tell through this writing style that both of these authors felt strongly about this topic. The narrator, Laurel Merlington, did a wonderful job and portraying the emotion and tone behind this book and helped to emphasize exactly what needed to be emphasized in this book, almost as if she herself wrote the book. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about the history of Native Americans and their interaction with non-natives up to current day events. I had to read this book for my history class, and it is a wonderful representation for a conversation that is, for the most part, one sided.

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  • Prof K
  • 28-11-17

An OK Listen

A myth that should have been included is that "Indians cannot be black". I appreciate the research done for this title. Especially bringing to light how the European whites try to taint a culture. Instead of focusing on white people and their relationship to Indians, focus on ethnic people as well. Caucasians do not want to admit that Indians were melanated. The ones in existence now are white washed. I am ethnic, and my grandmother has Chocktaw blood. Proof that melanated people have more Indian roots than whites. More research is needed.

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