I is For . . .

Bella-G
Posted September 18, 2020 from United States
I is For . . .
I is For . . . (1/1)

“When the first Europeans arrived, Columbus and his crew, he came and he called us Indians, because of the obvious reason, he thought he was lost in India. But what did we call ourselves before Columbus came? . .  “    Tall Oak /Narragansett

What is in a name? Identity. Identity shaped and reinforced by whomever dispenses the name – parent, community, cultural tradition/heritage or an outsider, an intruder, an “alien” from afar, imposing his will by mislabeling, misidentifying, misappropriating due to mistaken navigation.

 

This story was submitted in response to From Poetry to Paintings .

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Jill Langhus
Sep 19
Sep 19

Hello Bella-G,

Congrats on posting your first post! Quite right. I wonder if they will do away with Columbus Day altogether in the U.S. It really isn't right to celebrate a whole race, several beautiful tribes, and several cultures slowly dying because of this "discovery." It's pretty darn sad, if you ask me. My husband and I saw several missions in California because I was really interested in the history, as a side note. I was surprised by the honesty of the placards and also by the history of what happened. I definitely was rooting for the Native Americans. Too bad they weren't aggressive like we were told so many times growing up in the history books. Perhaps some of these tribes wouldn't have been decimated like they were, if they had. We will never know. I wonder how they can makes so many previous wrongs into rights now, however. Giving Native Americans land/reservations everywhere is great, but then to continue to marginalize and control them is just plain wrong. I'm interested to know what your thoughts are, and I'm looking forward to seeing more posts from you. Thanks for sharing.

Andrace
Sep 19
Sep 19

Hi Bella,
Congratulations on your first post and a warm welcome to the sisterhood of World Pulse.:)

Thank you for sharing.

What is in a name? As an African, this resonates with me specially because our names have deep meanings connected mostly to the circumstances surrounding our births. What is in a name? Lots and lots!

Great insight, Sis. :)

Love and hugs,
E. J.

Nini Mappo
Sep 19
Sep 19

Dear Bella,
Welcome to World Pulse. I enjoyed reading this brief piece of history, and am glad to hear that after all these centuries, your people are holding on to their identity, and reclaiming it now in a global space.

Welcome, Narragansett sister :)

Chi8629
Sep 20
Sep 20

Thank you for sharing.

Hello, Bella-G,

Congratulations on writing your first post! Very interesting how the history of America began. I also wondered why Native Americans were called Indians. It's time to revisit history and validate facts. Thank you for sharing this with us!