BUCK SEXTON (HOST): What are we celebrating on Indigenous Peoples Day? I’ll start with that one.
MICHAEL KNOWLES: Well, I can’t figure out which Indigenous peoples we are celebrating. You have the option of the Carib islanders. The Caribs are the people who gave us the word cannibal in our language. There were -- when Columbus arrived there were very peaceable, amiable Indians called the Taíno Indians, but they had scars on their bodies. The scars were from the Carib islanders, who would eat people and breed babies which, in the words of Samuel Eliot Morison, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Harvard historian, the Caribs considered a particularly toothsome morsel. So maybe we’re celebrating the Caribs. There were the Iroquois were also cannibals. There were the Aztecs. Sacrificed 80,000 people over the course of four days by ripping their still-beating hearts out of their chests. And to invoke the former president, some, I assume, were good people. But it’s a very broad category to say Indigenous Peoples Day.