Perhaps the widespread revelation of the falsity of the Columbus allegory is the major reason that the holiday has increasingly lost its moment as a cultural and historical landmark, as Harjo too notes (32).
Harjo also writes importantly that it is not enough to simply do away with the lies of the conventional commemoration (that Columbus discovered America, that Europeans brought cultivation to the uncivilized "Indians," that there was not even
a "history" in this land before Columbus, only when merely "pre-history"), or to simply replace those lies with the truth of the topic (that Columbus and his European brethren through the centuries brought imperialism, exploitation, cruelty, land-stealing, genocide, slavery, and slaughter).
It is also required that this unexampled "commemoration" let in an active pursuit of justice for the posterity of the Native Americans who have been exploited and slaughtered by leaders and citizens of the tribe for hundreds of years. Cowley supports this position with his study of the diseases brought to the Americas by Europeans starting with Columbus. Death cannot be undone, but providing good health care to surviving Native Americans, most of whom do not enjoy such care, would be a step toward making amends. Harjo is correct in charging that twain the government and the Church (the latter played a live role in subjugating Native Americans to European rule, culture and religion) should include in the new commemoration socioeconomic programs designed some(prenominal) to ri
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