The English believed that the Native Americans were not making the land yield enough fruit and this perceived shortcoming caused the natives to forfeit their right to the land. From this mindset the English decided that they would not make slaves of the Indians but give the Native Americans an “opportunity to work, to pay taxes to the commonweal, to become Christian, and to learn how to make the land more productive-so that they would ultimately be better off than they were before (p. 36).” Despite the “Christian- sentiments” of the colonists, cruelty in colonial America raged. After failing to cultivate the land properly, the English colonists were desperate for food. Although they could have traded with the natives for food, “President” John Smith decided that the colonists would go into the native villages and take the
Another difference would have been the matter of land as the plain Indians didn’t believe in owning land they believed that the land should be shared not owned which was different for the white people as they would buy land and own it. Due to the plain Indians believing that the land was shared they would
Native Californians under Spanish Colonial and Mexican rule Native Californians represented the lowest possible class of people in Spanish feudal society. The Spanish attitude toward Native Californians was to see them as human beings living in a harmonious relationship with their environment, rather like animals. Father Luis Jayme thought the indigenous people also viewed themselves as animals. The Spanish viewed them as entirely uncivilized and saw themselves as bringing civilization to these people. They felt the Native Californians were pagans who were desperately in need of conversion to Christianity for the salvation of their souls.
The nature and traditional spirits were worshiped by the West Africans. The West Africans also had beliefs in a superior God and an admired God. “Some West Africans practiced the Islam religion and voodoo in secret, but unlike the world in which we live now, the Native Americans and the West Africans were at times forced to convert to Christianity or suffer punishment as severe as death” (Eyewitness to History, 1999). The relationship between the Native Americans and the white settlers did start of good, but the English became selfish and only wanted additional tobacco farms. The white settlers were the worst at farming, so the natives became the first resort of survival.
The white settlers saw the Indians’ belief in the spirits as superstitious and pagan nonsense as they believed in God and that God created the world and ruled over it so some saw the Indians as people who ‘needed saving’ this led to some of the white settlers trying to convert the Indians to Christianity which the Indians did not like. The Indian dance rituals were also a reason that white settlers found it difficult to understand Indian culture. The Sun Dance is a deeply spiritual and gruelling ceremony that is held during the summer solstice and lasts 4-8 days and involves smoking of the pipe, drumming, singing, experiencing visions and fasting. All though the ceremony varies slightly from tribe to tribe, some tribes like the Sioux, practice self-torture by piercing the skin of their back or chest as a personal sacrifice. A purification ritual in a Sweat Lodge always precedes the Sun Dance for the Sioux people.
It is hard to understand how we are unable to relate to Native Americans and understand the point they are making when disapproving of their name as mascots. It is also very hard to understand how we pride ourselves on being a “Melting Pot,” country yet, we do not accept and respect the beliefs of the people who were here before us. The war with Native Americans from the beginning has been about respect. And with this debate they are still fighting for the same respect in a different way. Any person out there would be frustrated if their name was taken, and used as a Mascot, with no prior knowledge of who they are, and their beliefs.
Jefferson wanted land to be equally distributed among people, or at least given to people who had none, but would refuse to let his own slaves, or others, attempt to support them in a republic, which he desired. Most of the Founding Fathers actually denounced slavery, and knew
Another major part of European imperialism was the colonization or as I call it the torture of Sudan, in Africa. Sudan was not a political, economical or any threat at all to the British. It was just a road block in Britain’s way of domination, and stopping the chain of political power by the British. The Sudanian was based mostly on Muslim culture but they didn’t take very well to American rule. They wanted their country to be ruled by the people of their country, not by outsiders and they literally would die for that.
Many white Americans said that the Native Americans (plains Indians) were uncivilised savages because of the way they thought about their land, religion, morality, law, order and the Native Americans’ society was completely different to the white Americans. The plains Indians were very religious. They believed in the Great Spirit. They thought that the Great Spirit had created everything. The plains Indians didn’t really have a special religious day or building, their religious belief was basically nature.
Such discrimination towards same sex marriage originates from religious beliefs. Many religions believe that our Creator made the man and woman to be together and there is no other way around that. Therefore, these couples are committing a sin that should not be rewarded with the right to wed. The state is also falling in this trap and so, they are not able to analyze the situation clearly. They easily skip over the fact that the rights of these people are being violated.