March 30, 2008

America's World Heritage Sites

According to the National Park Service, the US has 21 World Heritage Sites. Four are Native in origin, which suggests the importance of Indians in America's heritage. Here they are:

  • Cahokia Mounds
  • Mesa Verde
  • Chaco Canyon
  • Taos Pueblo

  • Another four are Anglo or Hispanic:

  • La Fortaleza in San Juan
  • Monticello and the University of Virginia
  • The Statue of Liberty
  • Independence Hall

  • The rest are national parks or monuments.

    So Indians accomplished as much as non-Indians, heritage-wise. But we remember Anglos as the founders of our nation and Indians as the savages who got in their way. Nice.

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