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500 Years of Indigenous Resistance

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  55 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Analternative and unorthodox view of the colonization of the Americas by Europeans is offered in this concise history.Eurocentric studies of the conquest of the Americas present colonization as a civilizing force for good, and the native populations as primitive or worse. Colonization is seen as a mutually beneficial process, in which "civilization” was brought to the nati ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by PM Press (first published January 3rd 2002)
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Sep 29, 2010 Brixton rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Brixton by: Elevate Difference
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Pout. I wanted to read about 500 years of Indigenous resistance, but what I got instead was another 500 years of Indigenous people having damn good reason to resist-- and finding themselves largely unable to for 480 of them. Most of each chapter is spent outlining the methods and motives of European (and, as history "progresses", European-American and European-Canadian) enslavements, massacres, thieveries, relocation, removal, sterilisation, assimilation, and scorched-earth policy-makings, with ...more
Kristen Suagee-beauduy
I learned some new things. It was well-written but not exciting or pleasurable to read in terms of craft. I'm glad it's out there. It reads like a punk zine--there's a place for that, a niche, an audience, a need. I guess I was expecting something more dynamic, not something that could pass as a bullet-ed list of events. I wanted narrative. I wanted a conclusion. It's a good introductory text--much more concise/shorter than other histories; this one would be good to use in an intro AIS course be ...more
i'd give this maybe 4 stars if i was reading it in 1992 (and id give myself 5 stars, because i'd be 7 and reading this) but there's a lot of stuff that's better out there. it's a great intro/jumping off point but it's a.) not a very exciting read and b.) been outshone (outshined?) by a lot of stuff. i'm especially disappointed to note the lack of mentioning of gendered resistance anywhere, as stuff like trade relations (which hill mentions several times) were pretty explicitly gendered things. i ...more
Elevate Difference
We are all familiar with the smiling happy portrayals of pilgrims sitting down to dinner with Native Americans, or perhaps the slightly more critical viewpoint from many of our high school history books of the Indigenous people being simply helpless victims to European colonization. However, neither of these views is, in reality, very accurate.

500 Years of Indigenous Resistance was originally published in 1992 by Gord Hill, the native artist, activist, and at the time, member of the revolutionar
This was originally published in (I think) 1992 in the North American First Nations activist paper Oh-Toh-Kin and is a decidedly nationalist/indigenist sketch of the colonisation of the Americas and resistance to that invasion. The only change, as far as I can see, is the addition of some explanatory footnotes. The booklet (expensive for what we get) is of some historical value, and a useful outline of a First Nations' based view of the histories of the Americas. However, at 70 pages it skims ov ...more
Randall Wallace
This was a great intro until Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz came out with her amazing opus on this subject. However, it brilliantly shows how capitalism needed giant armies of settlers (provided by feudalism) to subdue the oppressed and carry out its genocide – the American Indian Holocaust. It discusses “killing guerrillas in the womb” – the notion of reducing or removing people who don’t play an active role in the economy. It’s a very interesting short book; but if you are interested in this subject, I’ ...more
Short, as many people have noted, but well written and concise. If you are interested in learning more about the indigenous perspective on colonialism this would probably be a great place to start.
Jan 03, 2015 V rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This is a fine introduction. Originally published in 1992, this version is identical to the original. It's a short book (~70 pages) so it is necessarily brief.
Andrew Nolan
I used this as an introductory text to teach an undergraduate course on indigenous resistance. A great, short book to use as an introduction to the topic.
I remember reading this as a pamphlet six or seven years ago and thinking it was mediocre. I'm enjoying it more now, but it makes me wonder if that's because I've read more. And then that makes me hesitate to recommend it to other people because I can't tell if it's only enjoyable if you've read other things related to it.

I'm reading the MESSINGAROUND edition of the book.
Not much new here if you read this kind of stuff.

Still, two things make it a bit unusual. First, it has a two continent focus -- N and S America. Second, the effort to show the Amerindian resistance to the conquest is key theme. There really isn't enough evidence of that resistance here, that is, I needed much more detail. But the author has tried.
A good short summary about 500 years of indigenous resistance in Turtle Island: south, central and north "america".
Covers interesting material, but in a dense, academic way.
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