Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Old Postcard Wednesday--Old Indian Trail near Rock Island, Illinois

From Love Isn't Enough, an excellent blog about parenting and race, I found this post titled, Ask ARP (Anti-Racist Parent): Why Can't Non-Native Children Dress Up Like Indians?  Wow. It's well worth reading and I'd have written the author asking permission to reprint it here if I had time, but I found it early Wednesday morning after Googling "white people dressed like indians/native americans." That bit of research, obviously, was provoked by this week's postcard photo of children - non-Native in appearance - posing along an old Indian trail.

One of the comments at the above-linked post referred readers to videos titled, Desperate Crossing: the Untold Story of the Mayflower at  Here are links to two of them ......... for reflection. The videos are narrated by Jim Loewen, author of Lies My Teacher Told Me.

Natives and Settlers: Wampanoag living recreated

Natives and Settlers: Plymouth plantation's authenticity examined



dmarks said...

Interesting post. I brought it to the attention of the editor of Newspaper Rock, a blog that focuses on issues and images like this.

Looking to the Stars said...

Good post. We have to get history truth out there. I am really glad I don't have kids, of course home schooling you can teach your kid the truth.

have a good one, kiddo

Phoenix said...

I loved the picture you have posted. WIsh you a happy thanksgiving!

Lydia said...

@dmarks- Thanks for the referral. I visited the blog you linked and appreciated recent posts there.

@Phoenix- I'm glad you liked this postcard. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

@Looking to the Stars- I agree to a point about home-schooling. The problem is that different parents have differing ideas on what constitutes "the truth"!
Enjoy your Thanksgiving. :)



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