Sunday, April 29, 2012

Native History Not Safe

Listening to Andrew Solomon on the Moth Radio Hour 401 I heard a very interesting quote from an Afghani art professor:  "You are from the West, so your history is safe and you can go on and do more.... Our history is not safe so we have to work to make it so."  This can apply to Native American culture and history.  Mohican post-contact goods have disappeared.  They either burned in the 1911 state library fire, taken away to Europe to be part of curiosity cabinets or confused with Mohawk and Abenaki goods.  Knowledge of the ancestors post-contact presence in the Mohican homeland has disappeared and it takes genealogy to find them.  This is true for other Native ancestors in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Kentucky and Tennessee.

No comments:

Post a Comment