Why I Teach The Walking Dead in My Native Studies Classes

Irony, irony. Does Europe now face the Walking Dead?

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by Cutcha Risling Baldy

So a friend of mine wrote me a message on Facebook that went a little like this:

Question: how the heck do you get through to someone that thinks natives need to just get over it?

Answer: Shake them? I never advocate shaking people, but maybe something is loose in there. Tell them to take a Native American Studies Course (it ain’t cheap, but it’s worth it).

But if I’m being honest, lately, when this comes up — and isn’t it telling that it comes up often enough that I can begin with “lately” instead of “well the last time, a long time ago, man I can barely remember that time?” — I like to tell them about The Walking Dead.

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2 thoughts on “Why I Teach The Walking Dead in My Native Studies Classes

  1. Hey, the Europeans – and perhaps eventually white North Americans – indeed are in the place of Indians now, or soon will be.

    We should learn from the lessons of history.

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