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We Were Not the Savages: Collision Between European and Native American Civilizations [Paperback]

Daniel N. Paul
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April 1 2007 1552662098 978-1552662090 3rd Revised edition
<DIV><DIV>This fully updated third edition of a vital text on the history of indigenous peoples comes from the thorough research of a First Nations descendent. By turns revealing and deeply unsettling, the book details the brutal treatment and complete displacement of the Mi’kmaq civilization at the hands of European settlers. The author’s ongoing research casts doubt on the recorded tales of Canadian colonization and reveals that the mistreatment of First Nations peoples is not confined to the past.</DIV></DIV>

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<DIV><DIV>Daniel N. Paul is a human rights activist and 2006 inductee into the Order of Canada. Formerly, he worked for the Canadian Department of Indian Affairs as the district superintendent of lands, revenues, trusts, and statutory requirements. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.</DIV></DIV>

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4.0 out of 5 stars We Were Not the Savages July 13 2009
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Using the colonialist's own words in many cases, this Mi'gmaq author reveals a history that is often painful but necessary to know. This is a book that should be mandatory reading for every student in Canada.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Metis sympathizer June 20 2008
Format:Paperback
Excellent. It needs to be a required reading for all students in Canada. The historical documents support Daniel Paul every step. It is well written with the facts easily understood. I enjoyed reading the aboriginal side of history and his use of the documentation written by the Europeans to support his views.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and educational. Feb. 4 2014
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Well written historical account of the atrocities inflicted by the British. It is a very interesting comparison to "Cornwallis". I would recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars Aug. 5 2014
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A very complete and interesting history literature about the Mi'kmaq.
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5.0 out of 5 stars crucial March 5 2008
By claude larue - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
the cover is worth the price. have any pre-conceptions? this will explode them. a brilliant and important work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars As a White Descendent, I was interested in my ancestors from the Mi'kmaq Nations March 6 2013
By Retired Critic - Published on Amazon.com
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I received this for Christmas a few years ago since my paternal grandmother was the daughter of an English woman and a Mi'kmaq who lived and worked in the gold mining area of Nova Scotia. The author, a Mi'kmaq himself, tells a story of a peaceful people who believed the land belonged to all and thus welcomed the European settlers. The Protestant British settlers were hard on the natives and, the Catholic French, who intermarried more often with them were more tolerant. However both groups often killed and scalped the natives when it became convenient.

The fact of the matter is, the Mi'kmaq had the numbers to annihilate the early settlers but did not because of their spiritual beliefs. As a result the so called civilized settlers annihilated them.

I rated this four stars because it is academic in nature with footnotes and large tracts of quotes, making the reading hard going. It is well edited however, and no doubt quite accurate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Native Voices telling as it was and is Sept. 4 2013
By K. Flowers - Published on Amazon.com
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The history we study in school was written by the ruling class not by the peoples who were here before the explorers and settlers came. Paul gives readers a look into the "other" side of history from the perspective of those who were displaced by the colonists. A must read for anyone who is interested in history and finding the truth about what happened when North America was "invaded" by the Western European nations. The author speaks candidly about the planned genocide of the Native American race. Something which history tends to gloss over. Excellently written with balance and honesty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read March 15 2012
By Joe - Published on Amazon.com
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Mr. Paul brings a perspective that must be heard. If you care about the indigenous people of North America you should read this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It's a text book Feb. 21 2013
By Alastair Mcintyre, Electric Scotland - Published on Amazon.com
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Small text tightly formatted and just like a school text book. I have to admit when I opened it I just thought this is going to be a lot of work to read this and I do read hundreds of books so I put it on the shelf and might never read it.
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