From A Native Daughter By Haunani Kay Trask Essay

717 Words Sep 30th, 2014 3 Pages
In the book titled From a Native Daughter written by Haunani Kay Trask, Trask claims other societies have been murdered, suppressed, or marginalized for the benefit of settler who now dominate that particular society. “In settler societies, the issue of civil rights is primarily as issue about how to protect settlers against each other and again the state” (1). Trask states that these injustices done to the natives include: genocide, land dispossession, language banning family disintegration, and even cultural exploitation. Three “settler societies” that I have found are New Caledonia, Brazil, and South Africa, but there are many more (1).
New Caledonia’s story is told in the Encyclopedia Britannica by D.L. Shineberg. Once known as Melanesian land, the French had established the southern third of the mainland by 1860. Within the next decade the French had begun to establish different policed for disposing of indigenous land, regrouping tribes, and even appointing a system of tribal chiefs to represent the administration. Similar to the Hawaiian Islands, the people inhabiting the Melanesian lands, they were thrown into forced labor, had limitation on their travels, and curfew imposed. Uprisings within the settlement beginning in 1860 and going until as late as 1917, were constantly feared by those trying to settle the Melanesian lands. “The French suppressed each uprising (with the help of indigenous auxiliaries) by destroying villages and crops and demanding unconditional…

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