“Indian Love Call”
To the Editor:
Richard Grenier’s article, “Indian Love Call” [March], rebuking Kevin Costner’s highly stylized image of the Sioux is excellent, however much I suspect that at least some of the “politically correct” would love to see Mr. Grenier staked out over an ant hill at high noon. . . . Granted, there were and still are some very peaceful and decent tribes; the Sioux, however, were most definitely not one of them.
For all of the killing of Indians by the “evil and greedy” white man, by far many more Indians died of often pedestrian diseases against which they had no immunity, inadvertently brought to the American continents from Europe. To take but one example out of innumerable similar unintentional tragedies: roughly 90 percent of the indigenous people of what is now essentially Mexico died of various Old World diseases within only a few decades of Cortez’s conquest of the Aztecs.
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