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  •  I had no idea (9+ / 0-)

    about the Sand Creek massacre before now. Not a mention in any of my American History courses, even in college. That's astounding to me.

    As for my communities First Nation's history, it was once the land of the Tunxis tribe before it was "settled". And I am now very curious about how that actually happened because the way I'm reading it seems....well, whitewashed would seem to be putting it mildly:

    In time, the Tunxis Indians adopted the culture of the settlers, joining them in the town's churches and schools. Some became teachers and ministers. In the mid-eighteenth century, the Tunxis tribe began to break up. In 1775, some made plans to move to another tribe in Stockbridge, Mass., and some to Oneida, N.Y. Others moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin. A few never left Farmington.

    Susan North Strong wrote about one who was named Moosuck:

       

    I must go home in the meadow across the bridge to see Old Moosuck and his wife. These are the last of the Tunxis tribe of Indians. They live in a wigwam and raise corn and a few other things. They have the best samp (yellow corn cooked whole) that I ever have seen, and I seem to be quite a favorite with them, for they always have a gourd of samp for me to eat. In the river near their wigwam there is an island, and Old Moosuck takes us to it in his canoe and we get 'ground nuts' there.

        I feel very sorry for these poor Indians, for they see how the white men are spreading over their country -- that the hunting is useless, and it is hard to get meat to eat. They do not think our way of living is the best.

        I am so glad the settlers bought the land of the Indians, and did not cheat them, and that they lived peaceably together. Most of the Indians have gone where there are better hunting grounds, and Old Moosuck feels so lonely that I think he and his wife (Squaw he calls her) will soon follow them. There are no settlements west of us.

            -- Quoted from The Heritage Trail Guidebook, A Noah Wallace Fund Bicentennial Project

    (Bolded emphasis mine)

    I'm really interested in finding out the real story, because that sounds like a bunch of bullshit to me.

    As for the current stuff I'm working on, I have a few. The biggest one is something I've been working on for over 2 months-I've been researching and writing about the death of every child (under age 18) by a gun since Sandy Hook. The reported ones, anyways. I'm putting together an entire diary series about that-the disparity of how so many children are treated in death, and how the most disproportionately impacted (black males, black communities in general) are never even discussed in our many "discussions" of gun control (which only happen after massacres of large numbers of predominantly white people) is one more layer of shame on top of many surrounding the culture of guns and violence in this country.

    Also, another series I've been working on for a while is a history of how psychological trauma has been viewed by society...it's own form of whitewashing, our need to hide knowledge of atrocities, and ignore those who have survived them. The continued diagnostic mislabeling and mistreatment of people with trauma syndromes (i.e. the fact that Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder STILL isn't a recognized or accepted diagnosis by most of the medical establishment) and how society treats the issue, and the people impacted by it, to this day.

    And in that same vein, what I'm probably going to be publishing today is my own experience with this...which would be my first diary that deals with sexual abuse and trauma on a personal level in a really long time, and it feels very unnerving and scary, but also necessary.

    You must work-we must all work-to make a world that is worthy of its children -Pablo Casals Please support TREE Climbers for victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

    by SwedishJewfish on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 09:51:18 AM PST

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