Many people often think of Christopher Columbus for his bravery as a navigator to uncharted areas, an explorer of new worlds and a leader of new people. Others, however, think of Columbus as the “domino” that set off centuries of colonization, oppression, and genocide. Lately, Columbus Day has been a large controversy among the people of the United States.
Indigenous Peoples Day is not to ruin the celebration of Italian pride and festivals, but instead recognize the indigenous peoples’ legacy that was here long before Columbus. In 1992, Berkley, California was the first city in America to officially celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day. A few years after, cities like Seattle, Pittsburg, and Minneapolis followed in Berkley’s footsteps. Other alternatives such as Native American Day also exist. South Dakota has recognized that holiday since 1990. You go, South Dakota!
For more information on this topic, please check out the links and books below!
Feeney, Nolan. "How Indigenous Peoples Day Came to Be." Time. Time Mag., 13 Oct. 2014. Web. 10 Oct. 2015.
Andrew Goldstein, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "READY TO MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' DAY?; ITALIAN ADVENTURER LAUDED, LOATHED." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA) 14 Oct. 2014: NewsBank. Web. 12 Oct. 2015.
"Instead of Columbus Day, some U.S. cities celebrate Indigenous People's Day." CNN Wire 2014: Business Insights: Essentials. Web. 12 Oct. 2015.
Hultkrantz, Åke. Soul and Native Americans. Woodstock, CT: Spring Publications, 1997. Print.
Call number: 299.74 H879
Shaffer, Lynda. Native Americans before 1492: the Moundbuilding Centers of the Eastern Woodlands. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 1992. Print.
Call number: 974.01 Sh13
Jones, Mary Ellen. Christopher Columbus and His Legacy: Opposing Viewpoints. San Diego, CA: Greenhaven Press, 1992. Print.
Call number: 970.015 C466