By Sidedoor | Listen | 27m
Published in November of 2018
SUMMARY: Americans have been fascinated with Native Americans since arriving in the 1600’s. Native American culture, symbols, and names surround us, from mascots to the names of streets and mountains to the packaging of food. In an enlightening interview, the National Museum of the American Indian curator Paul Chaat Smith discusses the need to look at history with nuance, and in the case of Thanksgiving, avoid the oversimplification of both sides of the story.
KEY QUOTE: “For most of the country you never actually see or think about Indians ever. There are no A-list celebrities in the United States. There are no national politicians that dominate the news. There are no captains of industry. Indians are basically invisible – one percent of the country. But from your earliest memories, Indians surround you in the pantry, places, names, highways, cars, weapons systems – Indians are the wallpaper of American life.”
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