FEATURING DINA GILIO-WHITAKER – US American culture is steeped in myths about its founding and about this land’s indigenous inhabitants. Columbus Day is celebrated in many states as a day to mark the fictitious arrival of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus as part of the US’s origin story. Thanksgiving is intended by many Americans to symbolize a fanciful and innocent tale of Pilgrims and Indians feasting peacefully to mark the fall harvest.
In a new book authors Dina Gilio-Whitaker and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz eviscerate these and other myths.
Dina Gilio-Whitaker, award winning journalist and columnist at the Indian Country Today Media Network. She is a write and researcher in Indigenous Studies and currently a research associate and associate scholar at the Center for World Indigenous Studies. She is the co-author with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz of the new book, “All The Real Indians Died Off” And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans.