Over in Cherokee, North Carolina, there is a pageant called “Unto These Hills” that tells the story of the Cherokee people, from their initial contact with Europeans through their forced resettlement to Oklahoma during the Presidency of Andrew Jackson.
By 2006, attendance was dwindling because the story being told was not an accurate statement of the actual history. The play was written by a white man paid by the tribe to construct a positive narrative of their tribal history as victims of the European invaders.
Now the Smithsonian bravely has reopened a subject that you might find shocking – the enslavement of blacks by the native Americans.
Non-Indians like Ward Churchill and Elizabeth Warren who spin the narrative of the spiritual purity of the first migrants into the Western Hemisphere have some explaining to do. Many black descendants of slaves know they have a mixed genetic makeup that includes Native American tribes. When you think of plantation owners holding slaves in the South, you probably don’t picture a Cherokee Indian standing at the front door.