For Natives across the U.S., there’s nothing much to celebrate on Columbus Day.
The holiday is something that highlights the beginning of decades of atrocities and wrongs done to Native people across the north and south American continents.
Talal Al-Khatib wrote “After Columbus: Native American Traditions Alive Today” for Discovery:
Unlike Europeans, whose traditions endured even after the collision of the Old World and the New, the indigenous people of the Americas saw their cultures crumble, as entire populations were wiped out or displaced in the centuries following Columbus’ voyage.
Despite 500 years separating the modern age with the pre-Columbian era, some Native American traditions still endure.
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