Common Human Experiences Lead to a New Discovery

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By Laura Kaye Jagles, Director of Multicultural Life. Laura is an enrolled tribal member of Tesuque Pueblo. She is also Western Shoshone and Paiute.

Howard Zinn begins the chapter “Columbus, The Indians, and Human Progress with the story of Columbus” arrival to Hispaniola with these words: “Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full of wonder, emerged from their villages onto the island’s beaches and swam out to get a closer look at the strange big boat.  When Columbus and his sailors came ashore, carrying swords, speaking oddly, the Arawaks ran to greet them, brought them food, water, gifts.  He later wrote of this in his log:

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