Two Lines of History: Parallel or Converging?

November 7, 2016

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In the belly of the whale

As I dug into the history of the Irish, I was immediately struck by the parallels between the Irish experience of English colonialism and the First Nations experience of it.

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A Small Act of Grace: A Story We Can Tell

November 5, 2016

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Our family no longer has a traditional territory, sacred places or the daily routines of life to prompt our collective story-telling, but we have those letters.

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A Portrait In History: Me, My Grandmother, and Colonialism

October 16, 2016

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It never occurred to me that colonialism also had a role to play. That isn’t too surprising, I guess. A sickness has to be named before it can be diagnosed.

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My Place In Your History

September 11, 2016

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The problem with family legends -- like history -- is that the facts often get in the way of a neat, clean, and simple story.

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My Betrayal: A Short History of My Search History In My Search for My Family’s History

August 7, 2016

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Frank Maheux, my great great grandfather

My foolish acceptance of Morton’s false history, however, is not even the most troubling aspect of this short history of my search for my family’s history.

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Seven Shades of Colonialism: Through the Looking Glass of Cultural Genocide

June 30, 2016

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My great grandparents, and some of their children.

Here’s the strange thing. My grandmother was an Indian, she presented herself to my class as an Indian, but it never occurred to me that I was an Indian too.

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Me, My Mother, and You: Colonialism’s Bastards

April 24, 2016

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It is only the Western colonial obsession with the “racial” purity of blood that cuts off my ties -- our ties -- to a shared history we should all call our own.

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