The only good Indigenous People are…“Indigenous Peoples’ Day” is a poor substitute for Columbus Day. Obviously, what was the New World to Europeans on October 12, 1492 wasn’t new to the people living on the land we call “America.” Yet, in the past 50 years, the perversion of history to fit the Cultural Marxist narrative twisted the holiday from celebration to self-hatred. On the contrary, Americans should recognize this milestone for what it is: The European exploration and colonization of two continents was truly historic and key to everything we are as Americans today. Even though the holiday was a politically expedient move after the mob murder of 11 Italian immigrants in 1891.
People groups, called tribes, kingdoms, and civilizations have invaded others or established colonies outside their territory for all of the past 12,000 years since the end of the last Ice Age.
For example, during the Bronze Age (approx. 3300-1200 BC) an island was inhabited by the Picts until the Belgae conquered it and so on and so on until the last successful invasion in 1066. It’s called Great Britain now. Do Brits begrudge the Belgae, Romans, Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Vikings, and Normans for their conquest? Do they want to return to the Bronze Age?
It happened it again when the Spanish sailed upon the Stone Age tribes of white people on the Canary Islands. The Indigenous People there, the Guanches, fought the intrusion and lost.
Wait. White People conquered and colonized other White People?
It seems colonization wasn’t just a function of “racism.”
Colonization was what happens when two cultures separated by almost 5,000 years of civilization collide. One side wins. It can be the less-developed when they lose to the more-developed. Or, it can be the hill and mountain people groups who conquer the more-developed and then adapt their more advanced civilization.
Likewise, our indigenous peoples gave as good as they could in our warfare from 1608 to 1890. They lost.
Today, if you visit the Andaman Islands, the indigenous people, who still live in the Stone Age, will kill you with their arrows.
That’s the behavior cited in the Declaration of Independence for “the Inhabitants of our Frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known Rule of Warfare, is an undistinguished Destruction, of all Ages, Sexes and Conditions.”
No one calls the
Indians Amer-Indians Native Americans Indigenous Peoples “savages” these days because no one lives on the frontier with them in their former Neolithic society. That was true back in the 19th Century when language about Indigenous Peoples changed in direct measure of the distance from the frontier. The people surviving Indian attacks said, “The only good Indian is a dead Indian.” The people who lived a safe distance away admired the “Noble Savage.”
Obviously, the Indians were defeated. More than that, they suffered indignities from broken treaties to outright genocide. They survived. But, they didn’t survive as a Neolithic society. Indians were assimilated into Western Civilization. Our Indians became English-speaking, Christians and American citizens.
It’s politically correct mythology to taut the remnants of Indian Culture as extant. But, it’s as ridiculous as me pretending anything but thin strands connect me to the last barbarians in Europe – my Highland Scot ancestors. My people were Christian, barbarian tribes when Christopher Columbus found Indian tribes on his new way to India. We gave up our ignorant, superstitious, murderous, robbing, raping ways as we civilized.
And, that’s what should be celebrated every Columbus Day in these United States of America – Western Civilization.
It’s intellectually honest to acknowledge how complex and coherent Indigenous People societies were – while living as Stone Age tribes. T.R. Fehrenbach’s books “Comanches: The History of a People” and “Fire and Blood: A History of Mexico” are scholarly masterpieces that portray Indigenous People without prejudice.
Our United States’ culture is a branch off the British limb of the great tree of Western Civilization. There’s more to celebrate than scorn or shame in our history. People are people. We do evil things. Horrible things. Yet, it’s far better to live now, in America, than in any place or time in history.
Our history, like the draft Virginia Board of Education Standards of Learning for History and Social Science I commented on, should include the Powhatan’s massacre of his fellow Indians – the Piankatanks in 1608, as well as the horrific massacres of English colonists in 1622 and 1644. Tell it like it was – as it was. Not through the Cultural Marxists lenses of race, class (privilege), and gender(s). Not through the vain moral posturing of “Presentism.”
Happy Columbus Day 2022!
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