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Land acknowledgement: San Fernando Valley, California

I grew up and lived here for 18 years, near the southwest edge of the San Fernando Valley. My mom is still in my childhood house. This is where Tongva and Chumash land meet. In 1542 Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo claimed all … Continue reading

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Land acknowledgement: Port Townsend, Washington

Port Townsend is S’Klallam (or Klallam) land. The town occupies the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula, where the Straight of Juan de Fuca meets Puget Sound. The tides, as well as every bird, fish, or orca traveling into or … Continue reading

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America, meet the real Pocahontas

These facts are well-documented: Pocahontas was kidnapped by the men of Jamestown. Then, while in captivity, she was impregnated by and married to one of her captors, John Rolfe. Like one of the Boko Haram girls. He took her to … Continue reading

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Land acknowledgment: North Davis, Yolo County, California

My 2019 new year’s resolution is to do a “land acknowledgment” for every place I stay during the year. I’m starting with my home in Davis. Land acknowledgments began recently with First Nations in Canada and are simply a public … Continue reading

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Alt-history Part 2: The mound builder myth reborn, Nazis, and Solutreans

  Continued from Alt-history Part 1: The mound builder myth and ethnic cleansing. The myth lives on The mound builder myth justified the ethnic cleansing of the 1800s. It was seemingly put to rest in 1894 just as Native Americans were … Continue reading

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Alt-history Part 1: The mound builder myth and ethnic cleansing

Throughout the 1800s, most white Americans believed in an alternative history– that they were here first; they are the true “natives”, related to the Mound Builders; and that “redskins” have no real claim to the land. Marietta, Ohio Traveling down … Continue reading

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On this date… August 20, 1705… Florida

Not much remained of the original inhabitants of Florida by 1705.  The villages and towns of the Apalachee, Timucua, Ais, Jeaga, Calusa, Tocobaga, and Matecumbe had all been devastated by the Yamasee, who worked as slavers for the British.  All … Continue reading

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