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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
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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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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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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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Really Interested In The Next...

I loved the presentation and the information. I really enjoyed every second of this book. I am curious as to see how, House Resolution 861 2011-2012 PA Legislature, will drive the next installments of the Native/Indigenous and their history in books to come.
This for most of us has been so hard to figure out and to process.
Thank you.

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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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Perfect

As a native woman myself, this has been the most important book that I think we should read.

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Chapter titles for "All the Real Indians Died Off"

It's a crime that the history of the Native Americans is so poorly covered or not taught at all in our schools. I loved learning about the beauty of Native American culture and history.

Chapter 1: Author’s Note

Chapter 2: Introduction

Chapter 3: Myth 1: All the Real Indians Died Off

Chapter 4: Myth 2: Indians Were The First Immigrants to the Western Hemisphere

Chapter 5: Myth 3: Columbus Discovered America

Chapter 6: Myth 4: Thanksgiving Proves the Indians Welcomed the Pilgrims

Chapter 7: Myth 5: Indians Were Savage and Warlike

Chapter 8: Myth 6: Indians Should Move On and Forget the Past

Chapter 9: Myth 7: Europeans Brought Civilization to the Backward Indians

Chapter 10: Myth 8: The United States Did Not Have A Policy of Genocide

Chapter 11: Myth 9: U.S. Presidents Were Benevolent or At Least Fair-Minded Towards Indians

Chapter 12: Myth 10: The Only Real Indians Are Full Bloods and They Are Dying Off

Chapter 13: Myth 11: The United States Gave Indians Their Reservations

Chapter 14: Myth 12: Indians Are Wards of the State

Chapter 15: Myth 13: Sports Mascots Honor Native Americans

Chapter 16: Myth 14: Native American Culture Belongs to All Americans

Chapter 17: Myth 15: Most Indians Are On Government Welfare

Chapter 18: Myth 16: Indian Casinos Make Them All Rich

Chapter 19: Myth 17: Indians Are Anti-Science

Chapter 20: Myth 18: Indians Are Naturally Predisposed to Alcoholism

Chapter 21: Myth 19: What’s the Problem with Thinking of Indian Women as Princesses or Squaws?

Chapter 22: Myth 20: Native Americans Can’t Agree On What To Be Called

Chapter 23: Myth 21: Indians Are Victims and Deserve Our Sympathy

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Punching Holes in Lies One at a Time

Methodical but entertaining undoing of 500 years of misinformation. The question is, now that we know the truth, what's next?

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what a great listen I just love this book

I really love listening to this and hope we can get some change in the near future. other great titles I would recommend our blood and thunder, Indigenous peoples History of the United states, African American and latinx History of the United states, neither wolf nor dog and girl who sings to Buffalo just to start you off.

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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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Incredibly insightful

I have learnt a lot listening to this book. Way more than I expected. Highly recommended!