Date: Thu, 15 Oct 1998 00:56:55 -0400
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Subject: TAINO-L Digest—13 Oct 1998 to 14 Oct 1998 (#1998-146)
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Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 14:43:51 -1000
From: Tony Castanha <castanha@HAWAII.EDU>
; Subject: Bulls Burnt—Please forward
Columbus Day, or Discoverers' Day as it's called in Hawaii, is offensive to the indigenous people who inhabited lands that European explorers found, said speakers at a contra-celebration.
The term discovery meant to rob us, the idea is
something and its ours, said native American Hank
Don't continue to teach your children the lie that
Raymond, who is of the Okanogan and San Poil tribes of Washington state, spoke at a Fort Street Mall gathering last night to oppose the holiday timed to mark the anniversary of Christopher Columbus' 1492 arrival in the New World. In Hawaii, the holiday also marks the arrival here by English Capt. James Cook.
The demonstration by about 40 people was held outside the offices of the Roman Catholic diocese. The group burned copies of papal bulls, 505-year-old documents in which the Pope sanctioned Spanish and Portuguese dominion over lands in Africa and the Americas and called those countries to convert the native people to Christianity.
The theme of subjugation of one culture over another still sets the
tone for the United States in its dealings with native people, said
Tony Castanha, of Caribe [Taino] ancestry.
It has been the basis of
laws, of court decisions ... the same Christian-heathen relation- ship
is used to deny rights.
Castanha called for modern Catholics to persuade Pope John Paul II to revoke the bull of May 4, 1493. He and other participants read descriptions of Spanish atrocities against the native Americans they conquered.
Hawaiian activist Kaleo Patterson said
at the least we are here to
remove that brainwashing that has taken place.
Ralph Summy, director of the Matsunaga Institute for Peace at the
University of Hawaii, said
anytime you have one people chosen over
another, there is going to be violence. That applies not just to
cultures, he said, but to men assuming superiority over women, and
heterosexuals, over homosexuals, then you have homophobia and gay
It's tough to be a Christian, with the things that have been
done to native people in the name of Christianity, Lynette Cruz