March 26: The Last 500 Years of Indigenous Resistance Comic Book by Gord Hill
March 26, Saturday
1pm New York | 10am Vancouver | 7pm Paris
Friendly discussion about The Last 500 Years of Indigenous Resistance Comic Book by Gord Hill. Artist and writer Gord Hill will join us for the final half hour to chat with participants. Published by Arsenal Pulp Press.
Discussion hosted by Grégory Pierrot
b. Read the book before the meeting! (No one is checking if you've finished the book, but you will get the most out of the club and the chat with the author if you read ahead.)
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About the book
This is a new and expanded version of Gord Hill's foundational illustrated history of Indigenous struggles in the Americas.
When it was first published in 2010, The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book was heralded as a groundbreaking illustrated history of Indigenous activism and resistance in the Americas over the previous 500 years, from contact to present day. Eleven years later, author and artist Gord Hill has revised and expanded the book, which is now available in color for the first time.
The 500 Years of Indigenous Resistance Comic Book powerfully portrays flashpoints in history when Indigenous peoples have risen up and fought back against colonizers and other oppressors. Events depicted include the the Spanish conquest of the Aztec, Mayan and Inca empires; the 1680 Pueblo Revolt in New Mexico; the Battle of Wounded Knee in 1890; the resistance of the Great Plains peoples in the 19th century; and more recently, the Idle No More protests supporting Indigenous sovereignty and rights in 2012 and 2013, and the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016. Canadian events depicted include the Oka crisis in 1990, the Grand River land dispute between Six Nations and the Government of Canada in 2006, and the Wet'suwet'en anti-pipeline protests in 2020.
With strong, plain language and evocative illustrations, this work reveals the tenacity and perseverance of Indigenous peoples as they endured 500-plus years of genocide, massacre, torture, rape, displacement, and assimilation: a necessary antidote to conventional histories of the Americas.
The book includes a foreword by Pamela Palmater, a Mi'kmaq lawyer, professor, and political commentator.
About the author
Gord Hill is a member of the Kwakwaka'wakw nation whose territory is located on northern Vancouver Island and adjacent mainland in the province of "British Columbia." He has been involved in Indigenous people's and anti-globalization movements since 1990. He is the author of The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book, The Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book, and The Antifa Comic Book.
About the host
Greg Pierrot is a writer and translator. He's the author of Decolonize Hipsters (OR Books) and The Black Avenger in Atlantic Culture. He is an avid reader of comix and writes about them too!
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