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Ethic Cleansing, US Style,
This review is from: The Mammoth Book of Native Americans: The Story of America's Original Inhabitants in All Its Beauty, Magic, Truth, and Tragedy (Paperback)
Wherever Europeans have settled, the indigenous peoples have had, at best, a very raw deal, at worst - like the Caribs and the Arawaks - they have simply been wiped out by the contact with the Europeans' germs, guns, and slave labour.
Involved in the Europeans' wars, the pre-Colombian Americans (if that's not an oxymoron) were cheated and duped out of their lands during the nineteenth century. Whenever they made a treaty with the government in Washington, it was torn up, and the so-called Red Indians lost even more of their land.
Having been provoked into war with the US, the native Americans were always "on a loser". They are all here in this book, the warriors who stood up to the whites, only to be killed, humiliated, or degraded.
It is a shameful story, told in massive detail, and as difficult to read as accounts of the Nazi Holocaust.
The original Americans were seen by the whites as savages, but the book gives the lie to that fiction.
Read in particular, the story of The League of Five Nations which details the Iroquois Confederacy, set up circa 1450. The author tells of how this "brought democracy and government" - with universal suffrage - at a time when no European country (?Iceland?) had any such thing.
We must not, of course, get too dewy eyed on this subject. Wars between Indian 'nations' were as common as they were in Europe, and petty nasty, too.
But if you read this book you might feel with me that there is a direct line from "the wild west" to Falujah and Baghdad.