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| xxv Pan-tribal Nationalist Fantasy Scott Andrews C olumbus Day 2092” is a modest appetizer to the main course of the essays offfered here. It is a daydream, a little game of “what if,” a pan-tribal nationalist fantasy. I realize that pan-tribal and nationalist may seem contradictory, since a pan-tribal perspective crosses national/tribal boundaries. However, despite the varieties of American Indian cultures to be found in the United States, those communities do share many similar experiences with colonization, and they do sharethedesireforgreaterpoliticalandeconomicsovereignty.Sothemagnitudeof my“whatif”gamerequiredmetoimaginethetribescooperatingfully—admittedly, this is another element of fantasy for the poem. Those familiar with the history of North American colonization know how well the divide-and-conquer strategy worked then. And now. Being the product of a pan-tribal wish fulfijillment, my poem required imagery from a variety of tribes and regions, so I have references to the salmon of the Northwest,theshell-makersof theSouthernCaliforniacoast,theceremonialmasks found in various locations, and the Ghost Dance that originated in the Great Basin. More than imagining the full and secret cooperation of the gaming tribes in the United States, “Columbus Day 2092” imagines proving Audre Lorde wrong: “ xxvi | Pan-tribal Nationalist Fantasy perhaps the tools of the “master” can be used to dismantle his house. What if the powerful duplicity of corporate capitalism could be turned against those who had benefijited from it for so long? History books like to attribute the North American conquest to evangelical agendas—the desire of Europeans to spread the Gospel in particular and Western civilization in general. But so much of the energy that drove the conquest from the very beginning came from capitalist interests. John Smith’s tidewater adventures wereconductedonbehalf of theVirginiaCompanyof London.Westwardexpansion wasdrivenbymanythings,butamongthemwerethemonetaryinterestsof railroad companies and vast government subsidies of land to assist them. Etc. Etc. And most recently in the United States, corporate desires have come in conflict with the sovereignty of the Native nations that would be crossed by the Keystone XL Pipeline, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and similar projects. Imagining that legacy of conquest being turned back on itself seems like a delicious irony. Or appetizer. ...


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