Thursday, December 11, 2008

Moon Beam

This is a picture of Moon Beam. She was a Potawatomi Indian Maiden. The picture was taken in 1909.

I lived in New Mexico for many years, and had the opportunity to observe the modern Native American culture. It is really a very sad state of affairs, and I saw much despair among the Native Americans and the modern day reservations. I consider it a tragedy that we destroyed the traditional way of life of these people, and having done so, did not effectively welcome them into our culture.

13 comments:

  1. I was on a fire department in California that had an Indian Reservation within its service area. The living conditions were terrible, but if you became friends with some of the Band Members, it was a wonderful experience. A peek into their traditions and beliefs was a truly delightful educational experience. I was given a tour, once, of the vegetation on the Reservation, with a precise description of the uses of each plant in this (90-year old) woman's grandmother's pharmacopia and kitchen. Fascinating!

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  3. It's a shame there wasn't a "Marshall Plan" for the Indians. They'd have made a much greater contribution to this country.


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  4. Re: Comment deleted...must have been a ranting cowboy! Just kidding.
    I have been fortunate enough to meet with the Passamaquoddy Indidans, North East coast of Maine. Again, great people, well worth the visit if you have the chance.

    As always, Great Web-Site, my daily visit before work.

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  5. I do Believe this is also the Lady that several posters were made calling her, by several names, such as Minnehaha, Indian Maiden, Laughing Water, most were depicting a maiden by the water, in a canoe and so forth, and I think they were sold through Montgomery Wards Catalog in the early 1900's. She is a Beautiful Woman to say the Least. nanny

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  6. The dominant anglo-saxon society wanted the Native Americans suppressed for fear of their potential military might.

    How thoughtful of our government to put a people on reservations, and steal their children. The youth were confined in educational encampments where every effort was made to assimilate them into our "civilized" culture.

    The children were forbidden to speak their native language. Punishment was the result if any conversed in other than English.

    Our wonderful government authored treaties that were honored only by the Native Americans. The Trail of Broken Treaties was the result of our nation's misdeeds.

    Our government should be terribly ashamed.

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  7. PJM and Brother Dave:

    I agree. But, then, our government has a LOT of things to be ashamed of, don't you think?

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  8. She was beautiful. Much prettier than our so-called "beauty queens" today.

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  9. any more info on her,,would be interesting to see!
    oldbear.

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  10. Brother Dave:
    While it goes against modern day beliefs, with tolerance and respect for others cultures and beliefs, in the mindset of a 19th century person, many people thought they were doing the right thing. From their religious beliefs and charitable beliefs, they felt that these people must be helped, its the right thing to do. From a religious standpoint, the best way to help them would remove them from their current culture which would result in their damnation, etc. and make them civilized, respectable and on the way to heaven and salvation. While this of course was not everyones motives,(ie, I certainly doubt that many politicans thought much like this) it is still always best to try and understand the mindset of another culture (ie, 19th century Americans) than simply casting blame using your cultures (21st century westernized culture) mindset.
    Respectfully,
    A 19th century historian

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  11. yes, she is beautiful & yes it is a tragedy.

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  12. but the culture still lives.

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  13. It's really ashame that you want to blame everything on the white people. Last time I checked my history, there were tragedies on both sides. I don't wish to get into a long political discussion about who was right and who was wrong. I just wish assholes like you would try not to villainize anglo-americans.

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