History isn’t just dry and cut list of organized facts. It is instead a very life like concept that continues to grow everyday through every person. But, if everyone can’t tell their story and only a select few are heard history becomes bias and one sided. This idea is extremely stressed in the United State’s history. As a country, the United States delivered their history as a narrative of nation building and continuing progress that united a diverse grouping of people into a single “American” experience. History books
had to be written in a way that was considered uplifting and full of success stories. If something didn’t fit this predetermined mold then it was best left out. This is how the history of Indians was transformed into the fantasies displayed today. Their voices were left out because rather than a success, the story of the Native Americans was one fill...
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Also Native Americans have created their own style of hip-hop, which has influences from their native roots. They speak of their people’s past, of the present, and how they can be a more successful grouping of people in the future despite their oppression. In one song labeled “The Storm” by Doc Battiest, the lyric talk about historical occurrences in his native area of Florida. He speaks of kids dying of suffocation as their mothers shove dirt in their mouth as soldiers walk by. Sacrificing one to protect the camp where many Indians took shelter. But he explains that from this pain comes strength. His people are strengthening and their voices, which were once locked up, are now being heard. They just need a larger stage where everyone can hear what they have to say. Another perspective will open eyes and ultimately a combination of views will mold a true history.
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