Much Idle Chatter About The Imaginary Indian

“My point here is the proposition that until white people came along Canada was populated by barefoot spirit-beings called “Indians” who pranced around in loincloths with their pointed sticks in the forest primeval – that’s just white people talking, and “Indians” who talk anything like this have merely internalized a lot of outwardly benign but nonetheless racist hogwash.

There was slavery and oppression and at times almost interminable warfare in much of Canada, back in the day. Not to be indelicate about it, but “Indians” were acting like a bunch of damn Europeans long before Champlain and his crowd showed up.

h/t dc