Sunday, December 14, 2008

Indian on Pony

This picture was taken in the early 1900's and shows a Native American on horseback. The picture is a hand-tinted black and white photo. I love this picture because it shows an Indian out on the plains. By the time the picture was taken, the traditional way of life for the Indians had come to a close, but the man is old enough that certainly he lived through those times. When I see pictures like this, it really makes me wish that the authorities of the day had some how figured out an arrangement that would have allowed the Indians to continue undisturbed in their traditional way of life.

6 comments:

  1. As we know, Native Americans had no concept of land ownership. The land and the sea, as well as animal life, were a provision from the Great Spirit for mankind's sustenance.

    The greed of the newly dominant society dictated the need to quell any resistance. Unlike the slaves from Africa who were brought to the Americas in chains, the American Indian had the capacity to resist militarily.

    Forcing the Native Americans off their lands, placing them on reservations, taking their children from them was the very control our government needed.

    Through ignorance, Native Americans were feared and mistreated. Through trickery (treaties) our government pursued its evil intentions.

    No one seemed interested in "an arrangement that would have allowed the Indians to continue undisturbed in their traditional way of life."

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  2. this land that you see is now an Indian Casino

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  3. Its interesting to point out that horses were brought to North America by the Spanish, so the traditional way of life for the Indian, before the Europeans arrived, did not include horses.

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  4. Speaking of the Indians and land "ownership," one of the major factors that led to King Philip's War in New England in the late 17th Century, was the dispute over land that was sold by the Indians to the newly arriving colonists. Contrary to most peoples' perception, the colonists did purchase land from the Indians. However, because there were no written records of clear ownership before the purchase, it created several obvious conflicts. Livestock, guns, and farming tools may seems like a ridiculously low amount to pay for New England land now, but at the time they were extremely valuable and coveted possessions. King Philip's War was by far the most horrific and bloodiest War in this Nation's history. Its interesting that most people have never even heard of it.

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  5. Brother Dave, I am not disputing your view of History. When I was growing up in the 70's, History was being taught with a very Euro-centric view. It was mostly wrong. By the time I got to college, the view had completely turned around to be anti-European, and pro-Indian, as your perception seems to be. As I have come to study the fascinating history of this Country on my own, especially early American History, in an objective way, I find that the real truth is of course much, much more complicated, and all the blame for War cannot be placed on either side. -jon

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  6. I wish this every day, not just when I see these pictures.

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