An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States ~ Dunbar-Ortiz

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Available at libraries near me: Hartford Public Library, Library Connection consortium

Further information and reviews at Goodreads.

Sometimes you walk over to a shelf, look at the options, and immediately head back to your desk and order more recent scholarship. That, in a nutshell, is what prompted the purchase of this book. Our collection of material on Native Americans/Indians (the author states that many people of these nations don’t mind the term Indian) was (well, remains) dated. It was time for a new view, and that’s exactly what we got.

On page 13 (continuing on 14) the author writes, “This book claims to be s history of the United States from an Indigenous peoples’ perspective but there is no such thing as a collective Indigenous peoples’ perspective…This book attempts to tell the story of the United States as a colonialist settler-state.” In other words, this is going to be some serious stuff.

In the few short pages I’ve read, this work seems to be filled with information. The first chapter is all about corn since, as the author states, Indigenous American agriculture was based on it (p. 16). I’m convinced it is going to be good information, but I have to pick it up again when I’m a more well rested.

Worth checking out: Yes.

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