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Friday, January 14, 2022

Reader's Diary #2271- Gord Hill: The 500 Years of Indigenous Resistance Comic Book (Revised and Expanded)

Growing up in Canada in the 80s, we spent a lot of time in school learning about early European explorers in Canada. There may have been brief passages in our textbooks about clashes with Indigenous people (though I'm sure our textbooks didn't refer to them as such), but the subtext was always the achievements of these white folks traversing the globe and setting up in wild lands. 

While the title of Gord Hill's The 500 Years of Indigenous Resistance Comic Book suggests that the focus is on the same time frame, only from Indigenous perspectives, he quickly dispels the myth that these early white explorers are somehow worthy of the amount of  praise they've been given by white historians and the many monuments in their name. Indigenous people discovered and set up advanced societies across the Americas literally thousands of years prior. 

Living in the north for the past 20 years, plus it being a different time, some of these myths set in Canada have been dispelled for me long before now. However, I'm less familiar with the true history of the United States, and of Central and South America. Honestly, this comic book by Gord Hill should be a textbook.

With the factuality of a textbook, it does start to blur together and become dry if read in one sitting, but taken episode by episode, it's not only educational, but hopefully inspiring. 

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