A Must-See Documentary: The Doctrine of Discovery


For all those in support of Indigenous rights, please watch this film…

The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code

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From Indian Country Today:

The March 3, 2016 murder of Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres in Honduras reminded me of John Bodley’s book Victims of Progress (1982). “It is generally recognized,” writes Bodley, “that tribal people are being drastically affected by civilization and that their cultural patterns and, in many cases, the peoples themselves disappear as civilization advances” (p. 1). While I don’t prefer the word “tribal” because it suggests that the Original Nations of a given place are “primitive and barbarous,” Bodley has pinpointed something of critical importance exemplified by the killing of Ms. Cáceres. The form of domination which has been euphemistically called “civilization” has had and continues to have horrific effects on our Original Nations and Peoples throughout this hemisphere, typically called “the Americas.”

The phenomenon identified by Bodley comes fully into focus when we realize that “civilization” is “the forcing of a particular cultural pattern on a population to which it is foreign.” In other words, “civilization” is merely a cover word fordomination. What is it that has caused the disappearance of so much of the languages and cultural patterns of Original Nations and Peoples, and has resulted in the disappearance of so many Original Nations and Peoples themselves? Domination and resulting dehumanization is the answer.

Read more athttps://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/03/15/domination-code-killed-berta-caceres?destination=node/163752

by Steven Newcomb

Read more at https://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/03/15/domination-code-killed-berta-caceres?destination=node/163752
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