The Contagion: Wétiko Psychosis

(1) “Columbus was a wétiko. He was mentally ill or insane, the carrier of a terribly contagious psychological disease, the wétiko psychosis. The Native people he described were sane people with a healthy state of mind. Sanity or healthy normality among humans and other living creatures involves a respect for other forms of life and other individuals. I believe that is the way people have lived (and should live). The wétiko psychosis, and the problems it creates, have inspired many resistance movements and efforts at reform or revolution. Unfortunately, most of these efforts have failed because they have never diagnosed the wétiko as an insane person whose disease is extremely contagious.”

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(2) “The wétiko psychosis is a sickness of the spirit that takes people down an ugly path with no heart. They may kill, but they are not warriors. They may learn skills, but they acquire no wisdom. They may be surrounded by death but they do not, or cannot, learn its message. They chase after the riches or rewards of a transient world and delude themselves into believing that big tombs and monuments can make it permanent. Above all, the wétiko disease turns such people into werewolves and vampires, creatures of the European’s nightmare world, and creatures of the wétiko’s reality. … They have taken their Satan [evil] to the four corners of the world, and they have made him [it] their “God”.

— Jack D. Forbes, Columbus and Other Cannibals

Note: Wétiko (wet-ee-ko) is a Native American term, for cannibal in the Cree language, defining what they felt is the amoral and predatory behaviour of Europeans: that they consume others’ lands and lives by physical [spiritual] or economic enslavement.

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