Youth and Education News
March 9, 2005 Issue 148 Volume 1
"We are INDIGENOUS to this land. We didn't come fro China, Mongolia, Ireland or Greece. We
travelled around yes, and met orther cultures and peoples, but get this: we are indigenous "native to these
lands." Although it's hard for Eurocentric Americans or Europeans to accept this, our cultures and languages are
home grown. The Catholic missionaries and [those] who came over from Spain to steal and plunder couldn't--and--wouldn't
believe that indigenous peoples could create a "civilization " more advanced that that in Europe at the time,
so they began the process of looking to Europe for the source of inspiration for Indigenous culture here on Turtle
Tom Dostou, Makwa, Midewin Society
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