A new and expanded version of Gord Hill's seminal illustrated history of Indigenous struggles in the Americas.
When it was first published in 2010, The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book was heralded as a groundbreaking illustrated history of Indigenous activism and resistance in the Americas over the previous 500 years, from contact to present day. Eleven years later, author and artist Gord Hill has revised and expanded the book, which is now available in colour for the first time.
The 500 Years of Indigenous Resistance Comic Book powerfully portrays flashpoints in history when Indigenous peoples have risen up and fought back against colonizers and other oppressors. Events depicted include the the Spanish conquest of the Aztec, Mayan and Inca empires; the 1680 Pueblo Revolt in New Mexico; the Battle of Wounded Knee in 1890; the resistance of the Great Plains peoples in the 19th century; and more recently, the Idle No More protests supporting Indigenous sovereignty and rights in 2012 and 2013, and the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016. Canadian events depicted include the Oka crisis in 1990, the Grand River land dispute between Six Nations and the Government of Canada in 2006, and the Wet'suwet'en anti-pipeline protests in 2020.
With strong, plain language and evocative illustrations, this revised and expanded edition of The 500 Years of Indigenous Resistance Comic Book reveals the tenacity and perseverance of Indigenous peoples as they endured 500-plus years of genocide, massacre, torture, rape, displacement, and assimilation: a necessary antidote to conventional histories of the Americas.
The book includes a foreword by Pamela Palmater, a Mi'kmaq lawyer, professor, and political commentator.
About the authors
Gord Hill is a member of the Kwakwaka`wakw nation whose territory is located on northern Vancouver Island and adjacent mainland in the province of "British Columbia." He is also descended from Scottish and Tlingit great grandparents. Since 1990, Gord has been involved in the Indigenous people's movement, including solidarity with the 1990 Oka Crisis, the 1992 500 Years of Resistance campaign, solidarity with the 1994 New Year's Zapatista Uprising, the 1995 Gustafsen Lake and Ipperwash standoffs, the Native Youth Movement (including the 1997-98 occupations of the BC Treaty Commission offices), the 1999 anti-WTO protests, the Cheam fisheries dispute (1999), the 2001 Summit of the Americas riots, the Skwelkwek`welt campaign (Sun Peaks, 2003-06), and most recently the anti-2010 Olympics campaign. He lives in Vancouver.
River Bar First Nation in northern New Brunswick. She has two children, Mitchell and Jeremy, and a large extended family. Currently, she holds the position of Associate Professor and Chair in Indigenous Governance in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University. Pamela has worked for the federal government on Indigenous legal and governance issues, and has held several director positions at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. She completed her doctorate in the Science of Law at Dalhousie University Law School, and holds a Master of Laws from Dalhousie University in Aboriginal Law, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick, and a BA with a double major in Native Studies and History from St. Thomas University in New Brunswick. She has specialized in Indigenous identity issues, which include Indian status, band membership, and self-government citizenship, and traditional Indigenous citizenship.
Flipping Eurocentric history on its head, Kwakwaka'wakw artist Hill expands and updates his righteous 2010 chronicle of indigenous resistance to conquistadors and colonizers. Rather than limiting the focus to current national borders, Hill depicts revolts, rebellions, and riots from peoples across North and South America in fierce full-color. -Publishers Weekly