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Oyate

Website. Reviews of resources about Native Americans.
Themes: Native American

oyate_logoOyate is a Native organization that advocates for more honest portrayals of Native lives and history. As their website explains, Oyate’s work includes “critical evaluation of books and curricula with Indian themes, conducting of Teaching Respect for Native Peoples’ workshops and institutes; administration of a small resource center and reference library; and distribution of children’s, young adult, and teacher books and materials, with an emphasis on writing and illustration by Native people.”

2 comments on “Oyate

  1. mariflies on

    Before anyone gets upset, I’m just trying to say the same thing as Mr. Loewen, “The antidote to feel-good history is not feel-bad history but honest and inclusive history.”

    Loewen, James W. (2008-04-08). Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong (p. 92). Perseus Books Group.

  2. mariflies on

    If giving thanks was a tradition of Native Americans before Europeans came to America and also a tradition of Europeans before coming to America, AND the national holiday was petitioned by Sarah Hale in the 1800’s as a way to create a unifying celebration because the Civil War was raging, AND the basic concept of Thanksgiving is to give thanks for what we have, I think it seems counter productive to be as negative as this site seems to be. I agree that a critical and realistic portrayal of the harsh and fully unfair treatment of Native Americans en masse needs to be addressed. But does it need to be addressed through the National holiday of Thanksgiving? What we need to teach is that many cultures, previous to the first time the two cultures first celebrated a thanksgiving feast together, held the same type of feast. That is why both cultures so easily took to such a feast. We need to show that for a hundred years the country had many celebrations of thanks that had nothing to do with that ‘first’ celebration. We need to bring back the one woman writing campaign during a time of civil unrest that caused a president to create a national holiday. It is only through the commercialism of a capitalistic modern society that the holiday has become associated with the ‘first’ celebration. What we need to teach is the actual truth and quit swinging the pendulum of bigotry.

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