Truth of History

This title is nearly an oxymoron. There are historic truths, but what we known of history is an invention of mostly people who did not personally experience that history. In truth, historians write histories all the time where they assume that what they are writing is true, based on the preponderance of evidence. Mostly historians get clues as to what is history from a number of sources, and they have to assign values to those sources. Some sources are reliable, some are not based on a number of factors. These factors can include the reliability of the source, the source’s closeness to the events of history, the sources’ political, religious and cultural leanings. Then many historians, the actual researchers and writers have a good number of personal biases they must work through. Many historians admire the subject of their histories, many want to prove a theory, and many desire to get noticed in their publications. Faculty at universities are usually

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American Mythic Origins, Thanksgiving, Mascots and the Oregon Trail

Over the last week I have taped at least two shows for the radio about my thoughts about Thanksgiving. Suddenly everyone wants to know what “Natives” think about this holiday. I think its a reaction to resent activities around Native American month and Indigenous People’s days. Indigenous people’s days have now become a big social movement with many cities moving to eliminate Columbus Day, and institute an Indigenous day of recognition in its place. This was a movement I was in the middle of in the 1990s at the University of Oregon, and more recently worked last year to begin a similar effort in Salem Oregon. Apparent lack of interest from the Native community in the state capital made me temporarily abandon the effort. But, Thanksgiving is the beginning of all of the resistance movements. Thanksgiving has been identified for decades as being an American mythology. The idea that the pilgrims and Indians sat down together and shared a meal

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Public Anthropology- Radio Shows KMUZ, KYAC

The following Radio broadcasts feature various educational and information shows about Oregon Indian History. KMUZ-Salem Indian education Your Salem Through the Years with Virginia Green Willamette Wake Up 11/23/2017 — Thanks Giving Day Reflections   Grand Ronde Tribe Podcast Regarding the Willamette Valley Treaty, Podcast #4 The Podcast is here The Trails of Tears, Podcast #9   KYAC- Mill City   Bridge to the past- numerous shows- 2nd Tuesday of the month at 8:30 A.M. (2016-2017), New schedule as of 2018, is 2nd and 4th Tuesday mornings. Other episodes of Bridge to the Past 2017-2018, on Soundcloud,

Manifest Destiny is not the Only Story: The Value of Inclusionary History

Contemporary education in social sciences amounts to teaching of the principles of Manifest Destiny. In a recent student essay from a University they stated, “set curriculums of history protect and glorify the rise of the US, it hurts true Natives to the land and increases the already growing stereotypes that they face in society.” Very Insightful! Native History Education Currently education about the history of the US ignores the real true history of the tribes. Most times local tribal histories are not taught at all. What education about the tribes amounts to is a generalized history of “Native Americans” and usually about some attractive aspect of the culture. I have seen good presentations about Indian dwellings where kids construct models and write exhibits about the meaning of the dwellings. I have seen exhibitions and teachings about Native Dance and costume. Rarely if ever is there instruction about the complete culture and history of Oregon tribes. In many fourth grade classes

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