Rethinking Columbus was especially important for educators in helping them to create lesson plans to counter the state-sponsored celebrations of Columbus' legacy. Thanks Ms. Harjo for contributing so much to that cultural movement, an effort which formally began in 1988 when the International Indian Treaty Council published and distributed an International Call to Indian Country to resist the impending 1992 celebrations scheduled four years later. The IITC co-coordinated its efforts with the South American Indian Information Center (SAIIC). The IITC had already begun efforts at the United Nations to have 1992 proclaimed International Year for the World's Indigenous Peoples, an effort which was blocked by Spain so the year 1993 was chosen instead. The 1992 Alliance was one of many networks throughout the Americas and the world that successfully rose up in the early 1990s to challenge the conventions of the time which regarded Columbus as a hero of the world. Perhaps Rethinking Columbus can be revised and republished to focus on the issues we face in Year 520.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 23:01