Sunday, February 15, 2015


Post Genocide Trauma for American indians

This research on Indian theater in North America (mostly the United States and a little Canada) is parallel with my research on Black literature and theater. 

The approach of what is called Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSS) has given rise to an original approach in the American Black community, among the descendants of the slaves, hence the descendants of the victims of slavery from the 15th century with the Spaniards and from 1619 for the English in Virginia to the 19th century and the abolition of slavery (amendments 13 and 14 to the US Constitution after the Civil War, 1861-1865). 

Either the Post Traumatic Slavery Syndrome or the Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, both concepts consider that the descendants of these slaves are suffering in a way or another and at different degrees of severity of this PTSS that warps their behaviors and prevents them from being fully able to be free in the American society. We must note at the same time that in recent shootings of young black males in various cities in the USA by the police the same PTSS is still extremely active and vivid among the whites in American, and particularly among the various police forces, and this time it concerns the descendants of the white planters, and the law enforcing agencies that can be multiracial but often seem to take a hostile stance against young black males in urban or suburban areas. Some call this mentalcide, both mental or real homicide for the whites and mental or real suicide for the Blacks 

I was curious about the Indians who did not suffer slavery so much but suffered something a lot more drastic, that is to say pure genocide, the greatest and longest genocide in human history to date. And when the misnamed “Indian wars” were finished the genocide went on in the reservations with the very misnamed “Indian giving practices” of the whites, federal or local. A final compensation agreement was reached in 2008, but that will not erase the past: reservations often becoming some kind of concentration camps, forced education, forced adoption of orphans or children in jeopardy (who was the judge) into white families, and many other facts of that sort led the Indian community to die, disappear or go underground genetically, which they did (the three options).

More Info: Such a collection of plays is very difficult to synthesize because the plays are not chosen to build some kind of mosaic, but for their own qualities.
Publication Date: Feb 15, 2015
Publisher: Editions La Dondaine
Location: Olliergues, France
Research Interests:

Genocide Studies, Early Christianity, Slavery, History of Slavery, Holocaust Studies, Indian Culture, INDIAN SPIRITUALITY, PTSS, Catholic Church History, Slavery in the Muslim World, Indian Theater, and Indian genocide

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