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Rethinking Columbus: On Symbolic Reparations and Indigenous Histories
Throughout much of North and South America, there are national holidays marking Christopher Columbus's so-called "discovery" of multiple countries, holidays that marginalize, if not effectively erase, the fact that indigenous people inhabited those lands long before his arrival. Over the past three decades, there has been a growing movement to change this - by either re-naming Columbus Day as Indigenous People's Day or by celebrating indigenous histories in another capacity altogether. How do symbolic reparations such as holidays promote reconciliation and address Native American erasure? What is to be learned from on the ground efforts of activists and allies in promoting changes in this narrative? Join Sarah Pharaon, Senior Director of Methodology and Practice, along with guests from the National Museum of American Indian, the Bosque Redondo Memorial in New Mexico and the Carlisle Indian School Farmhouse Coalition to address these questions.

Oct 10, 2019 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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