Greetings Michael: you say "our goal is to look beyond the dominant cultures interpretation of history..." A worthy objective, no doubt, and it would be great to see a demonstration of that. Part of the means of gaining that 'look' (insight) is by identifying the fallacious nature of the conceptual and behavioral system that has been and continues to be used against our nations and peoples. What you call "continuing methods and terminologies of conquest" falls short, in my view, by not challenging the very notion of 'conquest.' The concept of 'conquest' presumes that a permanent state of domination was developed in the past that all of our original nations and peoples are now obligated to accept without question, in the form of the typical language of federal Indian law and policy. Conquest is considered permanent, legitimate, and unchallengeable from the viewpoint of the dominating society. That is why I have chosen the more accurate and more fundamentally challenging terminology of domination and subordination as a framework for analysis. To provide just one very specific and concrete example, we see that framework graphically in evidence in the murdered and missing women in Canada.
Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 02:17