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Miguela Holt y Roybal is my maiden name en Espanol. I am a retired schoolteacher and aspiring author looking for crumbs of beauty among the ruins. My novel has been a work in progress for longer than I care to admit. It is a postmodern pastiche of magical realism and about a young woman from New Mexico who goes to work in Washington, DC during the 1980s. She has been a longtime witness to the secret rituals of the Penitente culture in her home state and learns about herself and redemption as she sallies forth on her quest for novelty and adventure. I claim fair useage of images found on the internet that illustrate some of my posts. All contents copyrighted by the author unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

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OCTOBER 9, 2011 11:42AM

The Annual Insult to Native People: Columbus Day

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A song by my friend and political satirist Jim Terr about the annual insult to native people in the Americas called Columbus Day.  Enjoy more of Jim's music on Youtube:  hymiehymie.

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Jaime Gaskin of the Institute of American Indian Arts via Facebook: Our Indigenous Liberal Studies student association is holding a lunchtime discussion group tomorrow to talk about colonization, Columbus' "legacy" of oppression, etc. I figured it's a good way to peacefully protest the day (which our school does NOT honor.) I'm proud of them.
Great post.

I don't think my american friends appreciate it when I wish them a happy genocide and smallpox laden blankets day.


-R-
Today is Canadian Thanksgiving, I’ve always thought it an insult to our native brothers, they aided in our survival in this new land and we practiced systematic genocide on them.
~R~
Columbus should be remembered for the raping and murder of a whole continent and not for sailing the ocean blue.
In Berkeley, the parking meters list the holidays where you don't have to put in money. Tomorrow is Indigineous People's Day. Hurray.
Too bad he didn't catch a native disease and croak. Then we wouldn't have had to learn to sing, "Colummmmbya, the gem of the ohhhhh-shunnnn..." And my hometown might have a Ho-chunk name.
I live in Minnesota, and before that in North Dakota. In both states they do not recognize Columbus Day, but they do celebrate Leif Ericson day. What a farce! Everybody knows the man to celebrate is St. Brendan, who sailed from Ireland in his coracle to discover a continent that gave this world St. Patrick's Day parades and Irish coffee.
Mark's dead right. Thanks for this, Miguela. r.
Just spent time on the Cherokee Indian reservation in NC. The commercialization is amazing, the casino is definitely a mixed, perhaps not a blessing at all...
Just spent time on the Cherokee Indian reservation in NC. The commercialization is amazing, the casino is definitely a mixed, perhaps not a blessing at all...
A teacher once asked me to tell him about the worst thing that had happened to humanity. When I answered "Europeans", the argument went out of the classroom, then up and down the halls until we almost started a riot.

Well done and R.
Not having to deal with Columbus Day is one of the benefits of living abroad!
Well, at least it aint the united states of Columbia.
Americus verspucci? Huh.
From “journal of 1st journey”:
“As I saw that they were very friendly to us, and perceived that they could be much more easily converted to our holy faith by gentle means than by force, I presented them with some red caps, and strings of beads to wear upon the neck, and many other trifles of small value, wherewith they were much delighted, and became wonderfully attached to us”

…………………………………………
Well, the last I heard of Arab
He was stuck on a whale
That was married to the deputy
Sheriff of the jail
But the funniest thing was
When I was leavin' the bay
I saw three ships a-sailin'
There were all heading my way
I asked the captain what his name was
And how come he didn't drive a truck
He said his name was Columbus
I just said, "Good luck".

Bob dylan’s 115th dream
Well, at least it aint the united states of Columbia.
Americus verspucci? Huh.
From “journal of 1st journey”:
“As I saw that they were very friendly to us, and perceived that they could be much more easily converted to our holy faith by gentle means than by force, I presented them with some red caps, and strings of beads to wear upon the neck, and many other trifles of small value, wherewith they were much delighted, and became wonderfully attached to us”

…………………………………………
Well, the last I heard of Arab
He was stuck on a whale
That was married to the deputy
Sheriff of the jail
But the funniest thing was
When I was leavin' the bay
I saw three ships a-sailin'
There were all heading my way
I asked the captain what his name was
And how come he didn't drive a truck
He said his name was Columbus
I just said, "Good luck".

Bob dylan’s 115th dream
So sad that we honor Columbus from the first history lesson we learn in school.
rated with love
Love the honesty of the lyrics. Reading them on youtube below the song made me almost throw up in my mouth. Thanks for the song, it should be played everywhere.
"You know why they call them Indians? Because Columbus thought he was in India. They're "Indians" because some white guy got lost."

Herb Stemple from "Quiz Show".
We should have a holiday that honors one of those early colonial uprisings where slaves, indentured servants and native Americans joined forces to annihilate the colonial overlords and create a new utopian world. There were dozens of such uprisings against colonial authority. Howard Zinn talks about them at length in his book, "A People's History of the United States."

This way, we can still pay homage to those folks who experienced great adversity in being brought here against there will during the early days of colonization (indentured servants, forced settlers, settlers coerced into settling by way of old world poverty), without stepping on the toes of Native Americans.

We do this by unifying the common people in the colonial experience against the elites, such as in the manner I outline above. It allows us to still have a "colonial remembrance day," but in a new political light. The new "bad guys" are the imperialists and its not totally racial, either, because poor whites can be grouped in with the exploited indentured servants, which prevents the radical right from getting them to oppose this on racial grounds.
Good and important post.
Thank you for your comments and support of the native people in this country, dear friends.
Thanks for the video. I bet you have more to write on this subject. I'd love to read it. Goodbye Columbus, indeed.
Lovely but very sad song. I have long agreed with my friend Zuma; that some of the worst scoundrels in the history of the world were Europeans. I have never understood why we celebrate this guy.

Lezlie