The Single Story

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One of the major problems of the single story is the fact that it is singular; it is a story that does not have any other perspectives or opinions within it, other than the European perspective, that is. When you hear the European accounts of the Aboriginals' role in First Contact, like many of us have, it is automatically understood as correct, unbiased, and as the one and only side of the event. But, is it really? Let’s take a look: On one hand, the Europeans were doing a good thing, worthy of reward and admiration, sailing the dangerous route to North America intending to benefit their respective Empires. When they arrived on North America, the Europeans wanted to utilise and exploit the land in ways the Aboriginals seemed to be oblivious to. The Europeans thought they had the right to those lands after the Aboriginals signed land contracts. Because they themselves were more advanced than the Native American savages, it was then justifiable to populate the land with white newcomers. Now, how would they prove to their country that they had reached a new land inhabited by these strange, primitive people? A commonly used, and quite necessary, method was to bring Native Americans back over to Europe. Again, another noble deed; Europeans while proving themselves not hallucinating the discovered land, were providing the Aboriginals a better life in Europe. A win-win situation. Another priority of the Europeans was to spread their ideas. The Europeans shared their own culture, ideals, and religions with the Native Americans. In the process, the Europeans converted many Aboriginals to Christianity, the one religion, according to them, that could lead these primitive savages to salvation. Although these things were true to a certain extent, the Aboriginals of Canada had a totally different account of First Contact. The association with the First Nations peoples of Canada, established by the Europeans, had an enormously negative impact towards the Aboriginals....
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