Tuesday, March 9, 2010

What I just read

The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman

Great book. Although the reviewer has missed some pertinent details from the book, such as the fact that during the last few years with the Mohave Indians she was not a captive and was quite free...something that her biographers have always tried to hide. It would not be appropriate for a 'white' woman to want to stay with the Mohaves and so that little fact was always edited out.
As I read it, I couldn't help but think about how 'men' throughout the ages have tried to belittle and subjugate any that they felt were inferior to themselves. The Americans here were determined to erase the savages from the land. Savages...and this from English/European stock who had once lived in caves and were painting themselves blue when the noble Romans were invading their country. And before the Romans it was the Greeks. The Syrians. the Egyptians...on and on it goes. Always someone who deemed themselves better determined to erase the perceived inferior.
The book also refers many times to our national shame, Manifest Destiny, a subject that was still being taught in high school in a positive manner during the 1950's. Somethings never seem to change.

Manifest Destiny
Mohave (Mojave) Indians

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