Awakenings: Arrival of the “Ghost Dance”

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Arrival of the “Ghost Dance” This Day in History: December 29, 1890 –  Massacre at Wounded Knee How did it begin, this hate for the Indian nation?  They were, after all, native to America well before the arrival of the “white man.”

Marilyn Armstrong‘s insight:

As events in Canada unfold, this is an especially timely anniversary.

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15 thoughts on “Awakenings: Arrival of the “Ghost Dance”

  1. No, Australia has never, ever, been ‘morally superior’. It ranks right down the bottom of the pit with the rest. This is a nation that began life as nothing more inspiring than a ‘convict colony’. It’s getting there, thanks to people from all walks of life having immigrated here, but it still has a very long way to go I do wish politicians would pull their heads in and stop creating mess, ll in the name of appearing to be ‘doing something’ (which, I note, never actually involves them getting their hands dirty, or visiting the places of their shame). Meanwhile, many Koori people are still forgotten about and still living in fly-ridden filth, sniffing petrol (gasolene). This is 2013, for goodness sakes! Show’s you how progressive Australian politicians are!

    • The U.S. has proved we’re no better than anyone else. Canada is busy showing it has hidden its crimes better, but is in no position to claim the moral high ground. NZ didn’t get the opportunity to slaughter the Maori, but they are no paragons of viture either. And that’s just non-European English-speaking nations. England has her own bag of rocks and let’s not look too closely at European nations. Best not to go kicking over historical rocks. There’s some very slimy stuff underneath.

  2. If only they’d make one about the massacre and ‘stolen generation’ of the Australian Aboriginals, too. I’ve never understood the logic of white supremacists and their need to displace, if not wipe out, a nation’s traditional caregivers and guardians. Such mindless tragedy and loss.

    • We want it all and we don’t like sharing. It’s our western culture at its least attractive. The only place the aboriginal population didn’t totally lose was in New Zealand where the Maori fought the Europeans to a standstill. Everywhere else, we slaughtered anyone who happened to live someplace we wanted. Not our finest quality.

      On Mon, Dec 31, 2012 at 10:41 PM, Serendipity

    • The movie “Australia” did tell at least a big part of the stolen generation story. I loved the movie, as did Garry … and pretty much every Australian actor was in it. The critics didn’t like it, but the critics never like anything we like. If you haven’t seen it, you might like it. It was clearly a movie that the Australian show business community wanted to make.

          • I’m be interested in seeing how much is bare-bones truth, and how much might be romanticized, although truth is often stranger than fiction. My family lived in the Northern Territory, from Darwin to Katherine to ‘the Alice’, for almost 30 years.

            • I’m sure it *is *romanticized … at least insofar as it’s a romantic movie, but the ugliness of what was done to those children was not romantic. That was the first time I heard or saw anything about it. Not something Americans know about. We barely know anything about our own treatment of Native Americans. Not something they teach in schools.

              It was painfully similar to the treatment of Native American children. I was shocked, then saddened. Why I assumed Australia was morally superior to us I don’t know, but it was an abrupt, painful lesson: European civilization is what it is. We suffer from bigotry, race hatred, arrogance, lack of compassion, complete lack of cultural sensitivity … and the list goes on. Are we really better now? Maybe a little … but given the news these days, not nearly enough.

    • Heck of a blemish. It’s a huge ugly stain that we can ignore, but I have friends for whom this is their Holocaust and no exaggeration. All I can say is my people hadn’t even arrived on these shores yet. But I don’t suppose that counts for much.

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