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Since Predator Came: Notes from the Struggle for American Indian Liberation [Paperback]

Ward Churchill

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Labelled "controversial" by politicians and pundits alike, Ward Churchill's scholarship endures the test of time. Rational, angry, yet ultimately hopeful, his is a leading voice against the ongoing genocide perpetrated on American Indian people. Intellectually cogent while remaining accessible to the general reader, the eighteen essays herein will challenge you to think, and then act, in the fight for justice waged since Columbus' arrival.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Since Predator Came: Notes from the Struggle for American Indian Liberation 1 April 2006
By James Generic - Published on Amazon.com
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When I read "Since Predator Came" by Ward Churchill, I was not surprised by the subject matter of the series of articles by Ward Churchill which appeared in academic journals from the 1980s to the mid 1990s. What I was surprised by was how much I enjoyed the book. Churchill pushes for an "Indigenist" worldview, in which all people have a right to self determination and land stolen illegally by conquerors, no matter where they are. In such a world, no state could arise and the world would be "balkanized" into thousands of homelands, ruled by local councils, similar to many anarchist viewpoints. His call for tactics of "US Off the Planet" instead of "US out of Iraq", by making the United States abide by its treaty obligations that it made to American Indians centuries ago seem a little far-fetched, but Churchill admits it could be just one of many tactics. Churchill, for any who doesn't know, is a long time Indian activist, writer, and professor at Colorado State University, and recently made national headlines by comparing the people who died in the 9-11 attacks to "little Eichmans" who were not entirely innocent.

Churchill's argument is pretty convincing. He talks about Natives using legal tactics of forcing the government to abide by its broken treaties to recover land, specifically citing the Iroquois and the Ogalwa Sioux. He also has a fascinating chapter where he makes the argument that the human species came from the Americas, not Africa, and people migrated from the Bering Strait into Asia and across Greenland into Europe hundreds of thousands of years ago. He also cites non-North American struggles who fought both Communists and Capitalists, like the h'Mong of Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, and the Miskito Indians in Nicaragua (who at first supported the Sandinista revolution but then turned against it when the Sandinistas betrayed their word about giving Indigenous peoples self determination, and also fought the Contra counter-revolutionaries.)

What is lacking from the book is how non-Indigenous peoples can support the struggles of Indigenous, especially in America. However, that isn't really what the book is about, so I don't blame him for leaving that out. He does touch briefly by stating that, in North America at least, Indians do not see race quite the same way, not so much as blood. In other words, whites and blacks, like they did in the case of the Seminoles in the 1830s, could "become Indians" if Indian nations got their land back. I'm not sure how this would really work, and I also am a little suspect of tearing down industry, but otherwise Ward Churchill's collection of essays in "Since Predator Came" is a worthwhile read indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An anthology of fierce, stringent, and singularly compelling essays about Native American history and political science 10 Feb 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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Since Predator Came: Notes From The Struggle For American Indian Liberation is an anthology of fierce, stringent, and singularly compelling essays about Native American history and political science, particularly focusing upon the struggle for survival and identity since Columbus' arrival heralded an age of colonization and genocidal extermination. One essay is a scathing critique of Columbus' elevated position in history despite records of his bloodthirsty atrocities against the indigenous people he met, which skillfully compares Columbus to genocidal Nazi engineers due to his ruthlessness, and to the fictitious sociopath Hannibal Lecter with regard to how Columbus' achievements are lauded in spite of his cruelties. Another is the story of the American Indian diaspora. Still another offers an "indigenist perspective" on Marxist theory and practice. All essays are fired with literate passion for justice and human rights, and make no apologies for their scathing attacks upon crimes and inequalities. Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Science to the rescue 13 Jun 2013
By Venus D. - Published on Amazon.com
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Once again scientific evidence to disprove the story of the perpetrators of manifest destinies account of origins of the indigenous people's of the Americas how did these people really come to these continents called the Americas north and south, boy will you be surprised.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Churchill's best! 16 Sep 2003
By ColoredPencil - Published on Amazon.com
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Since Predator Came is personally one of my favorites by Churchill. The essays cover a wide range, from the Spanish conquest to the (very) theoretical Bering Land Bridge to the diaspora of Native Americans. Also, included is a succinct introduction by Native Hawaiian activist, Haunani-Kay Trask.
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