Pocahontas, Columbus among top 10 archive reads
Indian Country Today
Indian Country Today’s archived stories that cover a wide range of historical and educational topics have long been popular on our site as a resource for students, teachers and historians around the world. When end-of-year school and term papers are due, our reader numbers jump.
This year’s No. 1 archived story is about the real history of Pocahontas — a story that was portrayed as a fairy tale by Disney but was in fact about tragedy and loss. Pocahontas never married John Smith or loved him (she was about 9 when Smith arrived, and Smith was about 30). She was kidnapped after her husband was killed, sexually assaulted, became pregnant and was taken overseas, poisoned then buried in England.
Other stories included how horses were indeed present in the United States before the settlers arrived.
A story from 2018, in which a 33-year-old Alaska man assaulted a Native woman and served no jail time, still enrages many in Indian Country and continues to be shared.
Other stories include the origin of the word “squaw” and its offensive nature to Native women; the Wampanoag side of the Thanksgiving story; and an article on Christopher Columbus.
In the Columbus story, many accounts of atrocities committed by Columbus and his men are told by writings of the people around Columbus, his own words and letters and other historical accounts that include murder, rape and vicious dogs of war.
Other top stories examine natural pain remedies, the terms “Native American” vs. “American Indian,” President Theodore Roosevelt’s volatile words toward Native people, and the concept of gender in Indian Country.
Here is a list of our top 10 archives.
As a warning to our readers, some of our stories below contain mature subject matter:
Vincent Schilling, Akwesasne Mohawk, is associate editor at Indian Country Today. He enjoys creating media, technology, computers, comics, and movies. He is a film critic and writes the #NativeNerd column. Twitter @VinceSchilling. TikTok @VinceSchilling. Email: email@example.com.
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