Published on June 4, 2012 by Amy
Jack D. Forbes (January 7, 1934 – February 23, 2011) was a Native-American writer, scholar and political activist. He is best known for his book, Columbus and Other Cannibals, which has become a primary text of the Anti-civilization Movement.
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Jack D. Forbes was born in Long Beach, California, of Powhatan-Renapé and Lenape descent. He was raised in neighboring El Monte and Eagle Rock, where he began his writing career at the high school newspaper. He received his Bachelors degree from the University of Southern California in 1953, going on to a Masters in 1955 and a PhD. in 1959. In the early 1960s, he became one of the first participants and organizers in the Native American movement. He has been a visiting Fulbright Professor at the University of Warwick in England, where he also spent time at Oxford and the University of Essex. Additionally, he has held the Tinbergen Chair at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam.
He was professor emeritus at the University of California, Davis, where he formerly chaired the Native American studies program. He established and helped establish many Native American studies programs at various universities and he was also one of the founders of the now defunct Deganawidah-Quetzalcoatl University (commonly referred to as D-Q University) which was located outside of Davis, California. In the early 1990′s, he was involved along with David Risling and others in helping Jan Crull, Jr. in the making of A Free People, Free To Choose which was to have been a feature length documentary film based on D-Q University’s history and the mystery surrounding the federal government’s ongoing campaign to destroy it. Crull was forced to abandon this project when Morrison & Foerster, a San Francisco based international law firm with ties to D-Q U’s legal battles, withdrew its participation because the film’s subjects got involved in a lawsuit with each other. Included in the hundred plus hours of footage assembled and shot is a lengthy interview with Forbes.