I choose to highlight these books/graphic novel by Native American/Indigenous Authors/illustrators.
Kagagi: The Raven by Jay Odjick & Patrick Tenascon
The Brave by James Bird
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
Today is Indigenous People’s Day in the U.S.
It used to be called Columbus Day, or is still called that by people.
However why should we celebrate a man who got lost on his way to a different destination.
A man who set into motion the genocide of a nation of people and the forced assimilation for generations to follow.
Don’t tell me it’s in the past, when the elders on my maternal side would still recount their siblings being taken to boarding schools to kill the Native within.
Don’t tell me it’s in the past, when Natives/Indigenous are still being treated as less than.
Don’t tell me it’s in the past, when so many tribes have been forgotten.
Don’t tell me it’s in the past, when our beliefs are still mocked.
Don’t tell me it’s in the past, when you know nothing of the pain.