By Allan Hill
The America’s and more importantly the North American continent of the Pre-European status must have been a magical wondrous place with its coast-to-coast sights and landmarks that would that would have seen almost outer-worldly in comparison to the Himalayas, Southeast Asia, China most of Europe. One could say that it may have rivaled the moon planet of Pandora the land of the Octimaya people in James Cameron’s film Avatar. For hundreds of thousands of years there have been indigenous populations and society’s already settled in most of the America’s, so first of all we can officially kick old Christoper Columbus right out of the History or Herstory books. Starting from Manifest Destiny whose term is an archival fact and not a racial keyword for anything bizarre early American settler’s and later American military and political power have tried the full measure of ways in decimating the native American populations. Firstly through depopulation from disease, virulence and mortality, deliberate infection, vaccination and other causes of depopulation such as war and violence, exploitation and massacres. When these did not work, they reverted to good old fashion displacement and disruption and finally ending with a morose formal apology which would have helped being that by this time a white man’s word was as good as human waste. At this point we have been using the term ‘refugee’ for almost 100 years, as the word had its birthplace in no where else than circa 1675 France. See ‘refuge’.
Maya, Inca, among earlier settlers such as the Chumash, Zapotec, Huron, Aleuts, Inuit, Yupi in a list of societies that could go on and still not reach their ancestors lineage of whom they knew as people of the West Indies. The term “Indian” was first conceived as a marketing ploy during Christopher Columbus time among them, who, as he was searching for Asia, Chris thought that he had arrived in the East Indies so he used the term “the West Indies”, a title that is still used today when referencing the islands of the Caribbean sea, which led to the names “Indies” and later ‘Indian’, which evoked some type of racial or cultural bond among the indigenous peoples of the Americas continent, still the European classification stuck.
In closing this thought beautiful people, George Santayana, the philosopher, poet and novelist comes to mind when we remember what he said about history: “Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors are destined to repeat … Those who do not know history’s mistakes are doomed to repeat them. Now I ask all you wonderful peeps, do we really want to go back to a period of our history when it mattered only what a white MAN thought??? So I say to brother Barack, heck yeah, open those there gates, and let those saddened, weary, exhausted and war-torn refugees in. This is who we are, if I remember correctly. And if we do screw up, let’s screw up on the side of being true and righteous, as Jesus or Buddhas himself just may be along with these hopeless sacks of people. I will allow no one who wishes to do my friends or neighbors harm a chance to change my mind. One mind, one voice, one vote.
Happy Holidays to All,