Definitions

IIt is important to understand how terms are used both in this Toolkit as well as in broader anti-racism work. The definition of racism is prejudice with the power to enforce it. However there are differences on what this actually means and there are a host of other terms used in this work. The posts on this page explore various interpretations and emphasis.

Like the below graphics that portray a wide range,  a palette of colors (used in ceramic glazes);  so definitions are nuanced.  Just as you see many colors of green, there can be many definitions for “racism” and often the different definitions have distinct uses. 

History Matters: Murder of Natives by Myles Standish

History Matters: Murder of Natives by Myles Standish

Following the captain’s “terrifying whirlwind of violence,” Philbrick writes that Standish carried the head of Wituwamat back to New Plymouth. His soldiers were “received with joy.” Hailed as a hero, Standish mounted the severed head of the Indian warrior on a pole and displayed it on the roof of the fort.

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Native Land Conservancy

Native Land Conservancy

Native Land Conservancy was founded in 2012 in Mashpee, Massachusetts, and is the first Native-run land conservation group east of the Mississippi. After centuries of hardship and economic struggle, it is only now that we can finally attend to the important work of protecting sacred spaces, habitat areas for our winged and four legged neighbors and other essential ecosystem resources to benefit Mother Earth and all human beings.

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Unlearning Columbus Day Myths: Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Unlearning Columbus Day Myths: Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day

It is estimated that in the 130 years following first contact, Native America lost 95 percent of its population. …
Celebrating Columbus and other explorers like him dismisses the devastating losses experienced by Indigenous Peoples of the Western Hemisphere in the past and the ongoing effects of colonialism today.

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American Indian Perspectives on Thanksgiving

American Indian Perspectives on Thanksgiving

FOR TEACHERS GRADES 4–8

A PDF that can help tell the real story.

Environment: Understanding the Natural World

The Wampanoag people have long lived in the area around Cape Cod, in present-day Massachusetts.

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The Myths of the Thanksgiving Story and the Lasting Damage They Imbue

The Myths of the Thanksgiving Story and the Lasting Damage They Imbue

In truth, massacres, disease and American Indian tribal politics are what shaped the Pilgrim-Indian alliance at the root of the holiday.
The myth is that friendly Indians, unidentified by tribe, welcome the Pilgrims to America, teach them how to live in this new place, sit down to dinner with them and then disappear.

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Shouldering Grief: Validating Native American Historical Trauma

Shouldering Grief: Validating Native American Historical Trauma

Dr. Brave Heart, conceptualized historical trauma in the 1980’s, as a way to develop stronger understanding of why life for many Native Americans is not fulfilling “the American Dream.” Although, many Native Americans have adapted to an Americanized way of life and are healthy and economically self-sufficient, there is still a significant proportion of Native people who are not faring well.

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