The column is narrowly focused on the contexts of 'Canada' and the 'U.S.' because of my recent travels north of the artificially imposed international boundary line betwen those two 'states,' and my memorable visits with great people of the Anishnaabe Nation and of the Mohawk Nation. The column is wide open to expand the anaysis to sensibly include Mexico and, for that matter, the entire Western Hemisphere, as Rezzdog suggests. Not sure why Zakapu felt the need to strike out at my physical appearance which, so far as I know, I have no control over. The phrase "white looking" is ironic coming from someone who accuses all 'norteno indigenas' of being racists. As for my book, the focus is intentionally pretty narrowly focused on United States federal Indian law and policy. Zakapu's remarks do serve to highlight the fact that a huge portion of the territory now claimed by the United States was first claimed by Spain (and France), and then the Republic of Mexico. If you look at the sources for my book you will see a number of them that deal with the history of Mexico (Pagden, O'Gorman, Las Casas). Perhaps I could have done a better job of making that more explicit in the book. One last point, Zakapu carelessly writes of "when DeSoto took his wild tour of the lower USA." How could he take a "wild tour" of a region of a political entity (the USA) that did not yet exist? He was invading the traditional territories of various Original Nations. We are all on our respective learning curves as we work toward Healing and Decolonization.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 19:28