Hear Me, Don’t Just See Me: An Indigenous View of Columbus
1992 marks the quincentennial of Columbus’s so-called discovery of America. Although he may be a hero for some Europeans and their descendents, the indigenous peoples of North and South America have a decidedly different perspective on the Italian-born Spanish explorer. The celebration of Columbus in parades and in history textbooks is being challenged.
Leeann Tallbear is a Dakota-Arapahoe. She was the former Executive Director of the National American Indian Council. She currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she is a consultant to the Red School House and Migizi Communications.