500 Years of Indigenous Resistance
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500 Years of Indigenous Resistance

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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

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Published November 1st 2009 by PM Press (first published January 3rd 2002)
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Sep 29, 2010 Brixton rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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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
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...more
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
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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