May 23rd, 2009

Columbus' Mess

"Columbus....is the reason we're in this mess.... ....he came here with an attitude, a power attitude, and he imposed it.  First on the Indians, then on the land.  It was like 'I'm it.  You're shit' and that's the way its been ever since.  I think different, see?  Anglos aren't it.  We're not even it.  Human beings aren't it..."  (Nash Two Star,  fictional sixteen year old Coeur d' Alene, Navaho, Irish, Lakota male in Erdrich and Dorris, The Crown of Columbus, 1991, Harper Paperbacks pp. 151-3.)Collapse )