The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code

March 3, 2016 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Presented by the Syracuse Peace Council
Cinema Politica: Screening Truth to Power


Cristobal Colon (Columbus) and other colonizers laid claim to the lands of original nations on the basis of the idea that Christians had a biblical right to discover and dominate non-Christian lands. This doctrine of ancient Christendom, supported by papal edicts, continues to serve as the conceptual foundation of the political and legal system of the United States.

A film based on the book Pagans in the Promised Land:  Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery by Shawnee, Lenape scholar Steven T. Newcomb. A story of historical truth, spirituality, and resistance, told on behalf of the original nations and peoples of Turtle Island, and elsewhere on Mother Earth. We are still here, and still rightfully free.

Discussion and Q&A with Betty Lyons from the American Indian Law Alliance and Joe Heath, General Counsel for the Onondaga Nation, to follow film.

Free screening. Donations accepted.