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Celebrated American-Indian thinker Jack Forbes’ Columbus and Other Cannibals
was one of the founding texts of the anti-civilization movement when it was first published in 1978. His history of terrorism, genocide, and ecocide told from a Native American point of view has inspired America’s most influential activists for decades. Frighteningly, his radical critique of the modern “civilized” lifestyle is more relevant now than ever before.
Identifying the Western compulsion to consume the earth as a sickness, Forbes writes:
“Brutality knows no boundaries. Greed knows no limits. Perversion knows no borders…These characteristics all push towards an extreme, always moving forward once the initial infection sets in….This is the disease of the consuming of other creatures’ lives and possessions. I call it cannibalism.”
This updated edition includes a new preface by the author and an introduction by Derrick Jensen.
Jack D. Forbes is professor emeritus and former chair of Native American Studies at the University of California at Davis. Of Powhatan-Renápe, Delaware-Lenápe, and non-Indian background, he founded the organization Native American Movement in 1961, started Native American studies programs across the country. He has lectured around the world and is the author of twelve books.
Jack D. Forbes is professor emeritus and former chair of Native American Studies at the University of California at Davis. Of Powhatan, Delaware, and non-Indian background, he founded the Native American Movement in 1961. He is the author of twelve books including his first, Apache, Navaho and Spaniard, in print for thirty-two years.