Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day - Annual Papal Bulls Burning
The day commemorates the beginning of the European genocide and colonization of indigenous peoples in the United States under the sign of the cross. The event seeks the formal revocation of the 1493 papal bull "Inter Caetera."
Indigenous peoples and supporters seek the formal revocation of the 1493 papal bull “Inter Caetera.” This decree was issued by the Vatican to Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the Caribbean. Along with the 1494 Treaty of Tordesillas, it sought to establish Christian dominion over the globe and called for the subjugation of non-Christian peoples and seizure of their lands. As a result, an estimated 100 million indigenous peoples were killed off in the process of Europe’s colonization of the indigenous world. This papal edict has never been repealed and is the foundation-stone of the international system we live under today and directly related to the corporate-state-military plunder and rape of the planet, which is sometimes linked to the phenomenon known as “globalization.”
Since the Columbus Quincentennial in 1992, indigenous peoples have reclaimed October 12th as International Indigenous Peoples’ Day with celebrations and protests. Twelve years ago, Tony Castanha, a Boricua (Puerto Rican) in Hawai’i who was reconnecting with his Taino ancestry, began commemorating the day with a ceremonial burning of the 1493 Papal Bull Inter Caetera. This racist law became one of the foundations of the Christian Doctrine of Discovery and many laws authorizing the taking of native peoples’ land.
Now there is an international movement by indigenous peoples to revoke the Papal Bulls, and hopefully begin the unraveling of more than 500 years of genocidal laws. Recently the Episcopal Church passed a landmark resolution entitled “Repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery”.
This year's event is dedicated to the life of Kanaka Maoli warrior James Naiokala Nakapaahu. Nakapaahu, former head of security at Iolani Palace, the only official state residence of royalty in the United States, died September 9, 2009. It also coincides with the canonization of Father Damien on Sunday in Rome. "Father Damien is beloved because of his selfless devotion to serve the Hansen’s Disease patients, many of whom were Native Hawaiian, exiled in Kalaupapa, Moloka’i."
A copy of the "Inter Caetera" is available, here.
Read more on Treaty of Tordesillas, here.
Read more on Hawaii's Father Damien canonized at USA Today.
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