Cesar Dominguez History 111 Brant Riffle 5 July 2011 For thousands of year Native Americans managed to preserve their religious beliefs and cultural ways. One of their most important beliefs is to preserve their ancestor’s cultures and land. Today, many of the remaining Native Americans still manage to preserve the same culture. Because they were the first ones in America they have influenced Americans in many ways. Their culture has influenced America since the Europeans arrived up until today in the way we speak, the foods we eat, our religious beliefs and even some of our family values and traditions.
When the white people first came to the Americas, the two cultures lived in peace. The Indians even aided the white man by giving them food, teaching them how to fish, getting them through winter, and teaching them how to plant and cultivate corn. One Native American named Samoset even signed over land on paper to humor the English colonists. (Brown 3). The instincts of the Native Americans were to help the people who came to their lands.
The people would push outward, clearing the land to make room for crops and livestock. Poma would think that the testimonies of deforestation were correct, accurate, and necessary. One testimony states that, “They use the forest because they do not have sufficient lands for sustenance,” (Joan de Paz in Boyer & Spurling, 15). Poma’s later efforts for honest, responsible government coincide with the powerful Uyumbicho cabildo. Thus, Guaman Poma would agree with the decision made by the group.
Some well written literature include “I Will Fight No More Forever”, “Song of the Sky Loom”, “The Origin of the Long House”, and “Jesus Christ’s Half-Brother is Alive and Well on the Spokane Indian Reservation”. While both American and Native Americans have their own way to write literature, Native American literature talk about nature, peacefulness, sadness, and dedication in a way no other literature does. Native Americans show great emotion towards nature. They view the Earth and the sky as their mother and father. The use of natural images in Native American literature reveals their love and respect for the land.
Squanto showed the immigrants how to plant corn in hillocks, using dead herring as fertilizer after many failed attempts of growing while using their own Methods. He also taught them how to fish and where the best spots were to catch enough to feed the colony. These important tips were essential to the
Most Meso-American societies were _________________________, which means they worshipped many gods. 3. ____________________ (food) made it possible for some Indian societies to settle on farms pursuing agriculture, rather than leading a nomadic lifestyle of hunting and gathering. 4. The _______________________ people who developed an early Indian
The Mbuti are considered to be a foraging group of people or better known as hunters-gatherers because they depends primarily on wild food for subsistence. The Mbuti people are still around today because everything they do, say and portray is reflective of the rain forest, although the Mbuti’s economic organization is simple, their social organization on the other hand is not. From their beliefs and values to their social and economic structures, the Mbuti rely on their knowledge to survive (Harako 1976). The climate is divided into a rainy season from April to November and a dry season from December to March. The rain falls two out of three in the rainy season and one out of three in the dry season.
People in the south worked very hard during the summer months and tried to figure out how to store their food for the winter, there were skilled at raising crops. Northern Indians did some agriculture but they focused in hunting and fishing. They did not planned ahead to store food for the winter when they had a great abundance in their land. Cronon contrasts pre-colonial ecosystems of New England with those that existed at the beginning of the nineteenth century. He compares the ecological relationships of pre-colonial Indians with those of the arriving Europeans, especially in how
Myths show us supernatural events that lead us to understand why we have our world today. They teach us essential lessons about life, and honor the customs and traditions of many Native Americans. Both these tales serve the purpose of helping their Native American communities, and help their people to grow their faith in what they believe. We can all learn the importance of having balance in the world, and fighting for what we want in our lives. They are not just supernatural events, but are the reasons why we have our world
Americans vs the Great Outdoors In the United States, there has been a strong sense of connection to nature long before Christopher Columbus ever landed in the Americas. Native Americans viewed nature as “something we live within and as a part of [it].” (uwosh.edu) They would sow seeds, hunt, fish, and gather plants and berries to sustain life in the tribe. Native Americas would often hunt and kill wild game as a source of protein in their almost seemingly paleolithic diet. For most Native Americans, it was a spiritual honor to take the life of any wild game, knowing that they could be able to survive until the next meal off of anything and everything the animal supplied. These hunter gatherers let nothing go to waste when it came to the carcass, using the leftover bones for tools and weapons, as well as using the animal hides for clothing and housing.