They have been wronged by being overshadowed by the white man’s inaccurate account of events. From what we can understand about their customs, we should respect the indigenous population of America. American Indians were more logical than the white men who came over to the “new world.” Ortiz points out the hypocrisy of the white men for regarding the natives “as without any laws or government” when the white men themselves were “people who ignored their own laws and governments” (Ortiz
Many whites thought of them as beasts and romanticized their slaughter (Doc. 9). While the Plains Indians War was a black mark on the history of the West, it was focused on a very specific region of the west. It is for that reason that the rest of the old West cannot be
From are class discussions and readings I have a understanding of what the Europeans thought about the native Americans but not so much what the native Americans thought of the Europeans. In the eyes of the arrogant Europeans the Indians were uncivilized savages with no ethics or morals, not even human in nature and especially weren’t to be treated as humans. They thought they could to do whatever they wanted because they were much superior to them and they were just animals living on that land. That is probably why they treated them so badly and did horrendous things and believed they could do anything and it was countable. Native Americans were in awe at first seeing the technology the Europeans possessed such as steel weapons, guns, mirrors, and the one that I can only envision certainly took their breath away a sea vessel full of Europeans crashing into their sand.
This numbers are appalling. The helplessness of those people made enslavement easier. The Indians were on their own land. The whites were in their own European culture. The blacks had been torn from their land and culture, forced into a situation where the heritage of language, dress, custom, family relations, was bit by bit obliterated except for the remnants that blacks could hold on to by sheer, extraordinary
Unlike Europeans' belief, the Indians had a complex and dynamic history in America long before 1492. Since there are no accurate facts about their way of living and new discoveries are made daily, we can not make any exact assumptions and everything has to be treated provisional. Plus, many native people reject the scholars' explanation of native origins. Some people see the native's way of living as living in perfect harmony with each other and with nature, until the first Europeans set their foot on the American land. Europeans considered them as being “uncivilized”, but I believe they were always civilized.
Not all settlers considered themselves enemies of the natives but sought to better the lives of the natives and so had a second unintentional effect of introducing disease for which the natives had no immunity (Department of Aboriginal Affairs, 2011). The Spanish saw the Islands now known as the Philippine Islands as a prime location for military post and trade center. They conquered the islands with their superior military destroyed their culture as they saw it as Satanic but did not occupy the Islands as a colony and ruled through native chiefs. Much of the culture of the Filipino people before Spanish rule has been lost but the people themselves have remained (Library of congress, 2014). The indigenous people of the continent now known as Australia were a simple people very minimalist in their approach to life and nurturing of the members of their group.
They also did not know God the way the settlers did, as a result they were a misunderstood people in their ways of life. Along with that the early Europeans thought of themselves as being far more advanced in terms of culture and possessed arrogance in how they viewed the Indians. It is clear to me that Ben Franklin recognized their social behavior in which they understood proper etiquette such as (“the Indian rules of politeness and not to answer a public proposition the same day that it is made”)
Early Europeans Have the Right Idea About Natives? Europeans were not correct in their assumptions about the “savagery” of Indians. In fact the Indians may have been ahead of their time and if anything they were simply different in their civilizations compared to the Spanish and English. The Indians were sophisticated people who knew how to efficiently use their resources and land without leaving a trail of destruction in their path. The Europeans may have thoDidught of the Indians as savages and seen as them very different than themselves because of some fundamental differences in their attitudes, as well as some societal advances and practices that were completely foreign to the Indians.
Native American Paper! Sam Mor Mrs. Klink Period 5 September 9, 2012 Native American Paper Mor 1 Throughout the years, Native Americans have been portrayed as unintelligent, savages, however that is not the case. They were creative, smart, and resourceful people who were mostly kind to the new settlers. Advertisements, movies, and other sources stereotype the Native Americans and can be pretty offensive. One example from the Indian Cook Book shows how the Native Americans were innovative with their cooking skills as they covered their food in clay so when they cooked it it was well-done, as they liked it.
Although the media depicted the cavalry coming to the rescue and defeating the Native Americans, I could not help but wonder if all Native Americans were demeaning and fearful towards the whites. Nonetheless, my initial portrayal and assumptions of Native American culture was; as one can imagine, anything but of images filled with savageness towards the innocent European whites. So how and where did all of these primal assumptions of mine towards Native American culture originate? Why were they depicted as ignoble savages and if the European whites knew of the different tribes of Native American lump together all of the tribes as a collective entity? (Berkhofer, p.23) The current stereotypes we hold of the Native Americans stem from the first encounters of Europeans with the indigenous people.