Letter of Solidarity from
Nicaraguan Indian Leaders
about the So-called
"Discovery of America"
The following is a letter SAIIC received from
Kisan Por la Paz in Summer, 1990.
"Dear Compañeras and Compañeras,
We want to express our solidarity with all
Amerindian Peoples. This is a very special occasion to raise our Peoples' consciousness
about the 500th anniversary of the invasion. Invasion
is the only word that applies.
The Atlantic coast of Nicaragua was exploited by the
British, while the Spanish conquest took place on the
Pacific coast. Of course we owe our People's
exploitation by the British to the Spanish Crown.
Today in many Indo-Afro-Latin-American countries,
the heritage of Neo-Colonialism continues:
governments continue denying or refusing to
recognize our cultures. For this reason we stand in
solidarity with all those who are against the
misnamed 'Encounter of Two Worlds."
We are working on a Continental Conference to be
held before 1992. For us, as People of the Caribbean,
the mere word 'Indian' can be summed up as an
ideological, political concept and a slogan of our
We condemn attempts to limit Indian mobility within
their territories, the destruction of our cultures, and
the fact that our fate is determined in World
Congresses, We especially condemn the horrible
12th of October, 1492. We propose to celebrate
October 11 as the last day of freedom for the
American Indian. October 12 could be called 'The
We are assuming the responsibility of raising consciousness among all Indian Peoples about the
Counter-Celebration of the 500 year anniversary.
We'll do outreach through radio programs,
community visits, school conferences, etc. The 500
year anniversary brings us degradation, ethnocide
All one needs is to be a clear-minded Indian to see who divided us, who tore us to pieces
and who submitted us to what is in their elite minds
'Third World' status."
Kisan por la Paz
Source: South and Meso-American
Indian Information Center (SAIIC). Berkeley, CA. Fall
1989/Winter 1990, p.22-23.