"All the Real Indians Died Off"

And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans
Narrated by: Laural Merlington
Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: History, Americas
4.5 out of 5 stars (58 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this enlightening book, scholars and activists Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker tackle a wide range of myths about Native American culture and history that have misinformed generations. Tracing how these ideas evolved, and drawing from history, the authors disrupt long-held and enduring myths such as:

  • "Columbus Discovered America"
  • "Thanksgiving Proves the Indians Welcomed Pilgrims"
  • "Indians Were Savage and Warlike"
  • "Europeans Brought Civilization to Backward Indians"
  • "The United States Did Not Have a Policy of Genocide"
  • "Sports Mascots Honor Native Americans"

Each chapter deftly shows how these myths are rooted in the fears and prejudice of European settlers and in the larger political agendas of a settler state aimed at acquiring Indigenous land and tied to narratives of erasure and disappearance. Accessibly written and revelatory, All the Real Indians Died Off challenges listeners to rethink what they have been taught about Native Americans and history.

©2016 Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Dunbar-Ortiz and Gilio-Whitaker admirably aim to explode popular, damaging, and inherently limiting myths about Native Americans, continuing the work begun in Dunbar-Ortiz's well-received An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States." ( Publishers Weekly)

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I want EVERYONE IN THE USA TO READ THIS

Finally Native American misunderstandings get debunked in a clear and easy to comprehend manner
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Straight to the Point and Well Organized

I found this book a truly wonderful source of common misnomers surrounding Native Americans. This book is very straight forward and tells you exactly what beliefs about or considering Native Americans are false. You can tell through this writing style that both of these authors felt strongly about this topic. The narrator, Laurel Merlington, did a wonderful job and portraying the emotion and tone behind this book and helped to emphasize exactly what needed to be emphasized in this book, almost as if she herself wrote the book. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about the history of Native Americans and their interaction with non-natives up to current day events. I had to read this book for my history class, and it is a wonderful representation for a conversation that is, for the most part, one sided.

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The native people

I’ve been reading book on native people and on native America has soil. I was brought up with native people values. My dad always told me from the age of six that I have native Indian blood through him and I was taught about tribes. I had questions in my history classes as a young kid and I asked my mom if Christopher Columbus came off a boat and the people feed him , even tho it was taught to me in an American school he discovered America , who feed him?
So my parents taught me about the settlers from Europe.
I like this book because it breaks down the myths of what other people think what Indians are. I grew up with the movie lambada where native people were saving the rain forest. Love that movie.
So this book really helped me out on everything I knew and didn’t know. I learned so much and I now understand more of my heritage or ancestors I am Mexican American and I love my spirituality I feel I have the same energy as a Native American. In the ream of spirituality and time and truth.
I want to thank the author of this book and the audiobook team as well. I’m living in a time to where I can afford real history books or books on factual events in history. I guess it never to late to know how the nation formed to where I am at now. I always wanted to visit a reservation but I don’t know how to get to one and when’s the best tome to go.
Thank you this book is great to read or hear.

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Difficult read, but necessary

The authors provide clear reasoning and evidence to break the 21 myths surrounding Native Americans. I found the information difficult to take in at times but am glad to have further knowledge on Native American points of view. I did have a tough time listening at first because I thought the reader's voice sounded contentious but adapted after listening to a couple of chapters.

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So similar with what was done to Palestinians

So sad to hear this book. How many lives lost. How many lives disrupted. How much injustice Europeans did in this world. The same thing they did to Palestinians . All in the name of God,

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An OK Listen

A myth that should have been included is that "Indians cannot be black". I appreciate the research done for this title. Especially bringing to light how the European whites try to taint a culture. Instead of focusing on white people and their relationship to Indians, focus on ethnic people as well. Caucasians do not want to admit that Indians were melanated. The ones in existence now are white washed. I am ethnic, and my grandmother has Chocktaw blood. Proof that melanated people have more Indian roots than whites. More research is needed.

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