Cornel West, while at the University of Puerto Rico. (September 26, 2013)
- Old School Nouveau.
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Pocahontas was harshly criticized by Chief Roy Crazy Horse as historically inaccurate and offensive for glossing over more negative treatment of Pocahontas and her tribe by the English. He claims that Roy Disney refused the tribe’s offers to help create a more culturally and historically accurate film.
You can read his entire statement on the subject, which includes the factual story of Matoka, or “Pocahontas” as she was nicknamed, here, on the official website of the Powhatan Renape Nation.
I recommend reading the above linked piece- it’s pretty short, but will give you a very clear understanding of the history/the accurate account v. the myth/Powhatan response to the movie.
I knew the true story but I never knew that it was made up by Smith. So in reality there is not story at all. Just a white guy with a big mouth. Big surprise. As much as I love the Disney movie, this makes me want to punch Disney in the face because they could have told an even better story of colonialism.
Decolonize Geography : Caribbean
Jamaica - Xaymaca (Taíno-Arawak)
Puerto Rico - Borikén or Borinquen (Taíno, meaning “Land of the Valiant Lord”)
Haiti/Dominican Republic - Haití (Taíno, meaning “Tall Mountain”. term referred to a region located on the island of Hispaniola and may have also been used to refer to the entire island.)
Bahamas - Ba-ha-ma (possible Lucayan origen, meaning ‘large mupper middle land’) or Lucayo (Taíno name for Bahama islands and inhabitants.)
Cuba - Caobana (Taíno, meaning “Great Place”)
Grenada - Camerhogne (Kalinago)
Carriacou - Kayryoüacou or Cariouwacou (Kalinago, meaning ‘Island surrounded by reefs’)
Trinidad - Lëre or Lele (Kalinago meaning ‘Land of the Humingbird’)
Tobago - Tobago (Kalinago)
Barbados - Ichirouganami (Arawak)
Dominica - Wai’tu kubuli (Kalinago, meaning “Tall is her body”)
Martinique - Madinina (Kalinago, meaning “Land of Flowers”)
St. Lucia - Hiwanarau (Kalinago, meaning “Land of the Iguana”)
St. Vincent - Hairoun (Kalinago, meaning “Land of the Blessed”)
Bequia - Becoua (Kalinago, meaning “Land of the Clouds”)
Canouan - Cannouan (Kalinago, meaning “Island of Turtles”)
Anguilla - Malliouhana (Arawak, meaning Arrow-Shaped Sea Serpent)
St. Martin - Soualiga (Arawak, meaning “Land of Salt”)
St. Barths - Ouanalao (Arawak)
Saba - Amonhana (Arawak)
St. Eustatious - Aloi (Arawak)
Saint Crioux - Ay Ay (Taíno)
Saint Kitts - Liamuiga (Kalinago, meaning “Fertile Land”)
Nevis - Oualle (Kalinago)
Montserrat - Alliouagana (Kalinago, meaning “Land of Prickly Bush”)
Barbuda - Wa’omoni (Kalinago)
Antigua - Wadadli (Kalinago, “Land of Fish Oil”)
Redonda - Ocananmanrou (Kalinago)
Guadeloupe - Karukera (Kalinago)
Marie-Galante - Aichi (Kalinago) or Touloukaera (Arawak)
"Today’s gap between North and South—the rich developed societies and the rest of the world—was largely created by the global conquest.
Scholarship and science are beginning to recognize a record that had been concealed by imperial arrogance. They are discovering that at the time of the arrival of the Europeans, and long before, the Western hemisphere was home to some of the world’s most advanced civilizations. In the poorest country of South America, archaeologists are coming to believe that eastern Bolivia was the site of a wealthy, sophisticated, and complex society of perhaps a million people. In their words, it was the site of “one of the largest, strangest, and most ecologically rich artificial environments on the face of the planet, with causeways and canals, spacious and formal towns and considerable wealth,” creating a landscape that was “one of humankind’s greatest works of art, a masterpiece.” In the Peruvian Andes, by 1491 the Inka had created the greatest empire in the world, greater in scale than the Chinese, Russian, Ottoman, or other empires, far greater than any European state, and with remarkable artistic, agricultural, and other achievements."
Hopes and Prospects, Noam Chomsky (via socialuprooting)