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Photo Of The Day: Indigenous Peoples Day Vs. Columbus Day

Indigenous Poeples Day

Travis Mazawaficuna, a member of the Dakota Nation, or Sioux, tribe outside of the United Nations building in 2013. Image Source: Washington Post

Indigenous Peoples Day is becoming more popular as a Columbus Day alternative.

Portland, Ore., and Albuquerque joined at least seven other cities last week in changing the name of the federal holiday to Indigenous Peoples Day. At a state level, Alaska, Hawaii and South Dakota were ahead of the trend, not celebrating Columbus Day since it was first nationally recognized in 1937. Today, only 15 percent of private businesses and 22 states recognize Columbus Day, which is the smallest proportion for any federal holiday. Berkeley, Calif., was the first city to call the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples Day in 1992.

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Cults, Communes And Charles Manson: Isis Aquarian On Her Time With Hollywood’s Famous (And Infamous) Source Family

Isis Aquarian Then Now

Isis Aquarian, then and now. Source: Facebook and the Isis Aquarian Archives

Isis Aquarian is a striking woman. She is probably best known as a member of The Source Family–a group of beautiful, white clad hippies living in the Hollywood Hills during the 1970s. They followed the teachings of a man named Jim Baker, or Father Yod–a reformed bank robber and judo-chopping killer who fronted a cult psych band, served salads to the stars, took fourteen wives, and eventually threw himself from a cliff in a hang glider.

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Hawaii’s Relationship With The US Is Not As Pretty As You’d Think

History Hawaii Aerial

An aerial snapshot of modern day Hawaii shows off the island’s beauty. Source: Yahoo News

Triangles have three sides. The sun sets in the west. The United States is composed of 50 states. All are taken to be self-evident, but up until August 21, 1959, the latter was simply not true. Of course, that all changed when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a proclamation that allowed Hawaii to become a state exactly 56 years ago today.

History of Hawaii Statehood

Source: Lyman Museum

Known for its lush, tropical landscape and best remembered as the site of the 1941 Pearl Harbor bombing, Hawaii adds much to the nation’s diversity: the state is the only one to grow coffee, and it supports about one-third of the world’s commercial supply of pineapples. But behind the state’s pristine beaches and tropical splendor lies a dark history of forced transformation.

History of Hawaii King Kamehameha Religion

This picture depicts native Hawaiians outside a religious building. Their religion was based on polytheistic and animistic beliefs. Source: Wikipedia

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How Muzak Shaped A Conformist America

Muzak Vintage Ad Woman

Source: Flickr

Although it might be easier to ignore in an age where nearly ever American carries thousands of songs in their pocket, the unmistakable sound of Muzak still haunts us all. An estimated 100 million people (nearly a third of America’s population) are exposed to Muzak’s background music each day, whether in an elevator, on hold with the cable company or elsewhere. Although the Muzak brand technically went bankrupt in 2009 and lost its name in 2013 after new owners moved in, its technology set the stage for almost a century of bland, instrumental music that became the soundtrack to postwar America and continues to this day.

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