Hope this ain’t too cerebral for ya. If it is, find an original American willing to read it and explain it to you.

Andrew Jackson; John Wayne; Christopher Columbus (Credit: Wikimedia/Paramount Pictures/Salon)

Waking from the John Wayne dream: Columbus and Jackson are dead, but America’s war against indigenous people lives on – A new book “All the Real Indians Died Off” dismantles a toxic fantasy Native American struggles are distant history

In the introduction to their new book, available this month from Beacon Press, historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and co-author Dina Gilio-Whitaker write, “The myths about Indigenous peoples that this book identifies can be traced to narratives of erasure.”

“‘All the Real Indians Died Off’: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans” concisely deconstructs a variety of misconceptions about American history and defines the persistence of varied Native American cultures in the face of genocide and those narratives of erasure. With necessary clarity, Dunbar-Ortiz and Gilio-Whitaker have surveyed a long and bewildering history of racist policies and structural violence against Native Americans.