Episode 6

How I Discovered I Was a White Settler


August 23rd, 2021

37 mins 47 secs

Season 1

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About this Episode

Sheri talks about how she “discovered” the Doctrine of Discovery and how her family’s history is entwined with the history — and present reality — of colonization. She unpacks the famous “Hochstetler Indian Massacre” story that is well-known in Amish and Mennonite communities. Both Sarah and Sheri address “What is settler colonialism”?

Links to sources for this episode:
Website of the Jacob Hochstetler Family Association — jhfa.net
Definition of settler colonialism — https://globalsocialtheory.org/concepts/settler-colonialism/
Article on Old Colony Mennonites among the Maya in the Yucatan Peninsula — https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/unlikely-feud-beekeepers-mennonites-simmers-mexico
Article on “The Big Scoop” in Canada — https://www.cbc.ca/cbcdocspov/features/the-sixties-scoop-explained

As always, for more information please consult dofdmenno.org and Sarah’s book This Land is Not Empty: Following Jesus in Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery.