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#298#299#300#301 Episode #302 - Who Are These People?
(The Onondaga Nation Encounters European Settlers)



Sun 16 April 2006  Irving Powless Jr., Robert Venables
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Download Hour1 Download Hour2This week, a recording made last Tuesday that contains one of the most amazing teachers I have ever had the privilege to hear, Onandaga Beaver Clan Chief Irving Powless Jr. who seized the time, and after the formal presentation was concluded, led the audience in an exercise to make them understand the meaning of the Onondaga landclaim in a personal way.
This week, the third instalment of the year long collaborative educational project on the Onondaga nation's lawsuit to regain their ancestral lands, guaranteed to them by several treaties made over the centuries, first with European colonial governments and then the newly formed United states. The collaborative educational project, sponsored by the Onandagas, Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation, and Syracuse University, is bringing together Ononadaga and other Haudenosaunee speakers, academics and community members to understand the history, culture and role that the six nations of Haudensaunee, also known as the Iroquois confederacy, have had on the US, and the effect of the US on the Haudenosaunee and other indigenous nations. This history has been taught to generations of school children in a heavily biased way - unquestioned were the rights of the so-called founding fathers, pilgrims, colonists, pioneers to what they did - wage a genocidal land grab perpetrated against innocent people. Manifest destiny, the doctrine used to justify this, was presented, during my education at least, as a positive development leading to American greatness. These programs present, finally, the other side of the story.
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