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Native Roots

Updated: Nov 26, 2021

Sacred Manned, 2017

By Jerry Ingram

Limited edition print

Thanksgiving is upon us, but a lesser-known fact is November is American Indian Heritage month. While most Americans ramp up for the holidays, starting with Thanksgiving, not much thought is given to the Native people that lived here long before Dutch settlers landed in Plymouth Rock. The cultural climate has shifted over the last 20 years or so to be more sensitive to indigenous peoples that have been long under valued to our modern society. Finally, sports teams are dropping derogatory names like “Redskins” or “Indians” while others like the “Chiefs” or the “Braves” and “Blackhawks” have not. Perhaps, the latter has more to do with a perceived positive characteristic then a skin-color or a logo based on a stereotype. We’re trying to move in the right direction, but it’s a slow march. While it’s not acceptable for a crowd of people makin