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  • Native American Abuse - 993 words
    Imagine your country had been invaded by a very powerful group of people. Before anything drastic could be done these people had invaded your shores and had creeping inward upon your land. At first they acted with scorn and called us names and disrespect. After several groups of our people revolted against these invaders they decided to negotiate certain terms with us. Then after thinking all was well many of these agreements were broken and they started to ship us like freight to areas where they could hold a lot of our kind while they abuse and take over our country/land. We tried to fight back but it was useless, we were at their strong armys demise. It is sad that such atrocities were do ...
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  • Native American Racism - 1,086 words
    Native Americans: 500 years of Racism and Oppression "In fourteen-hundred and ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue." This little saying is something that I'm sure we all learned as children, to help us remember the year that Columbus discovered America. However, Columbus did not discover America, it has been here as long as Spain, England, and the rest of the countries in the world at that time. Although not as nearly technologically advanced as the countries of Europe, the Native American nations functioned as well, if not better, as these advanced nations of Europe. However, because the Native Americans were viewed as inferior savages when Columbus set foot on America, he saw it fit ...
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  • Native American Racism - 1,074 words
    ... ee that the Native Americans and other minorities are being unfairly treated. The purpose of this entire interview is to allow people to see the trouble and oppression that Native Americans and other minorities have to live with. The government is setting the wrong example for other Americans to follow: that it is okay to build toxic waste dumps and cancer-causing power plants in the neighborhood of minorities, and then ignore their pleas for help. As stated by SiJohn, "If the Indians were the polluters, the public would have gotten up in arms and demanded that the Indians pay" (Cooper 535)). This is just one example shows the environmental racism that the Native Americans must face in t ...
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  • Native American Indianstotem Poles - 1,605 words
    The Haida, meaning The People, once were numbered at over 10,000. They occupied the Queen Charlotte Islands of British Colombia. Their numbers were numerous and their life was prosperous. In 1774 there was the first European contact (Gunn) and the Haida, unknowingly, let the lion out of its cage, they let white man enter their territory. The Europeans brought trade, but they also brought colonization. A word the Indians did not know would cause them such horror. Smallpox and many other epidemics ravaged the Haida clan and decimated their population to 6,500 (Gunn). The Haida has gotten to as low as 588 clan members (Gunn), but are now slowly working their way up. The Haida, along with six ot ...
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  • Native American Vs African American Trickster Tales - 1,299 words
    Beep BeepVRRROOOOMMMMand the Roadrunner speeds away from the deceitful Coyote as Coyote falls over a Cliff with his Acme dynamite still in hand. The tale of the trickster is known and shared all around the world. It is an age old story that has many different versions and is culturally diverse. Almost every culture has some version of the trickster tale; from the early West African people and their tales of Eshu, to the modern day American versions like Wile E. Coyote that Warner Brothers has made so popular (Doty and Hynes 10.) Japanese culture has the story of Susa-No-O, and even the ancient Greeks had similar stories dealing with the character Hermes (Doty and Hynes 141, 46.) With so many ...
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  • A Comparison Of Native American Thought Anf Witchcraft - 1,102 words
    Native American religions and witchcraft are alike in many ways. First of all, both are nature religions, meaning they both hold nature sacred and many of the symbols and ideas come from nature. Starhawk says that The Old Religion, as we call it, is closer in spirit to Native American traditions.@ Both religions teach its followers the importance of understanding and action. Through reading Starhawk and Black Elk essays in the textbook, it easy to see the meaning of understanding and action. Each of these elements are crucial to the beliefs of the follower. Black Elk was a holy man of the Lakota people of the Sioux tribe. He writes of rituals and beliefs of his people in his book The Sacred ...
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  • Native American Religion - 1,151 words
    Native American religion penetrated every aspect of their culture. This makes it difficult for a predominantly white, European, secular society to interpret Native Indian spirituality. There is no single Native American religion, but rather as many religions as there are Indian peoples. Religion and ritual were a function of all activity: from the food quest and other survival-related work to technology, social and political organization, warfare and art. Religion and magic were fused with practical science; for example, prayer was used in conjunction with hunting and fishing techniques, and incantations accompanied effective herbal remedies in the curing of disease. I would like to elucidat ...
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  • Am I Native American - 500 words
    Am I Native American? I was born here and have lived here for all my life. But according to many I am not Indian because I am not of Native American decent. The Native American population has all been reduced to a couple thousand due to war, famine, and disease. Technically I should be named a Native American, because I was born on American soil. Shouldnt I be able to have the same rights afforded to the Indians? Shouldnt I be allowed to start my own reservation in the desert with my family if I choose to do so and be recognized a separate country residing within the continental United States. But then why is the name only reserved for the Indians? Living in the culture of Los Angeles, Calif ...
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  • Native American Women - 1,152 words
    On few subjects has there been such continual misconception as on the position of women among Indians. Because she was active, always busy in the camp, often carried heavy burdens, attended to the household duties, made the clothing and the home, and prepared the family food, the woman has been depicted as the slave of her husband, a patient beast of encumbrance whose labors were never done. The man, on the other hand, was said to be an loaf, who all day long sat in the shade of the lodge and smoked his pipe, while his overworked wives attended to his comfort. In actuality, the woman was the man's partner, who preformed her share of the obligations of life and who employed an influence quite ...
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  • Native American Genocide - 1,279 words
    b. causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; c. deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; d. imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; e. forcibly transferring children of the group to another group. (Destexhe). In this paper, I will argue that the act of genocide as here defined, has been committed by the United States of America, upon the tribes and cultures of Native Americans, through mass indoctrination of its youths. Primary support will be drawn from Jorge Noriega's work, "American Indian Education in the United States." The paper will then culminate with my ...
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  • Native American Relations - 472 words
    During the numerous years of colonization, the relationship between the English settlers and the Native Americans of the area was usually the same. Native Americans would initially consider the settlers to be allies, then as time passed, they would be engaged in wars with them in a struggle for control of the land. This process of friendship to enemies seemed to be the basic pattern in the majority of the colonies. When the English landed in Jamestown in 1607, the dominant tribe of the area was the Powhatan (which the English settlers named after the leader of the tribe, Powhatan). At first meeting, the Powhatan considered the settlers as allies, who may be able to aid them in their struggle ...
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  • Native American Policy - 610 words
    In the 30 years after the Civil War, although government policy towards Native Americans intended to shift from forced separation to integration into American society, attempts to Americanize Indians only hastened the death of their culture and presence in the America. The intent in the policy, after the end of aggression, was to integrate Native Americans into American society. Many attempts at this were made, ranging from offering citizenship to granting lands to Indians. All of these attempts were in vain, however, because the result of this policies is much the same as would be the result of continued agression. Beginning in the 1860s and lasting until the late 1780s, government policy t ...
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  • Native American Heritage Of The Navajo Clan - 1,045 words
    Hello professor, my name is Joshua Little Wolf. I am of the Bitter Water people. I am born for the Big Deer people. My maternal grandfathers clan is the Bitter Water people, my paternal grandfathers clan is the Big Deer people. I am from Houston, Texas. I was born in Austin, Texas. I will be discussing the importance of clans to the Navajo people. I will also discuss the origin of the clans, the four initial clans, the creation story involving Changing Woman, and the proper way people of the Navajo Nation introduce themselves. The Navajo people do not have the same family structure as typical American families do. According to Harrison Lapahie Jr.: In the Navajo culture, two Navajos of the s ...
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  • Native American Heritage Of The Navajo Clan - 999 words
    ... e tired and left his cane leaning against the canyon wall and stood beside it. When the People saw his cane and him standing there next to it, it looked as if he was standing against a house, with the canyon wall in the background. So they called himTowering House clan. Because he was unable to find water, he was given a different clan name. The journey commenced once again and the People stopped for something to drink. This time the fourth person began to dig for water. This person dug in the ground and found enough water to cause a flood. So this person was named Big Water clan (9). The Navajo people try very hard to uphold traditions that they pass along from generation to generation. ...
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  • Should Native American Tribes Be Allowed To Use Peyote As Part Of Their Religious Practices? - 1,090 words
    Peyote is one type of cactus grown in southwestern U.S. and in neighboring parts of Mexico. The active ingredient in peyote is mescaline, a somewhat potent hallucinogenic chemical. It has the capability of being a psychoactive drug causing the user to change what he/she sees, thinks, and feels. Down through the centuries, it has been used as a painkiller, a stimulant, and a spiritual tool in religious ceremonies. As a controlled substance, not unlike marijuana and LSD, its use is illegal except by the Native American Churches (NAC)- only for the purposes of their religious ceremonies. All other users could be fined and imprisoned. The use of peyote is rich in tradition, dating back 7,000 to ...
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  • Ethnographic Histroy Of Native American Peoples - 1,254 words
    Before the white man the story of Iroquois Indians began long before the white explorers, traders, and settlers reached the shores of the New World. The Iroquois originally lived in some unknown part of the North America. According to legend, these Indians were instructed by the Great Spirit to move into the Northeast. There they carved a territory for themselves in the middle of a rival group of Indians, the Algonquins. The Iroquois settled in beautiful and rich lands of northern New York State. We know this territory today as the area surrounding Lake Ontario, the Five Finger Lakes, and the Saint Lawrence River. The lakes and rivers provided abundant fish, thick woods offered game of many ...
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  • Ethnographic Histroy Of Native American Peoples - 1,243 words
    ... . The woman also made clay pots for cooking and storage, clay pots had round bodies and raised, square collars or rims. After the arrival of the white men, the women bartered for the sturdy brass kettles to replace the clay pots. Wampum-Beads That Talked. When the word wampum is mentioned, people often think of money, its true wampum was used like money to barter for goods, which happened in the 1600s after the Dutch set up trading post along the Hudson River. The Indians of the Atlantic coast developed wampum and used it for historical and religious purposes. Wampum was the name for tube-like beads Indians made from seashells. White wampum beads were made from the inside of a couch or w ...
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  • Misfortunes Of The Native American Indians - 727 words
    The name Indian was first applied to Native Americans by Christopher Columbus, who mistakenly believed that the mainland and islands of America were part of the Indies, in Asia. Native Americans are true to their cultural and have a strong bond to nature and its many creatures. The spirit that these people so highly prize was taken from them and has not yet been fully regained. Through decrease of population, enforced migration, and racism, European settlers were allowed to gain the upper hand. The Native Americans suffered a severe decrease in population as the European settlers arrived and expanded. The first factor was a disease called smallpox. This disease was carried over to the U.S. b ...
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  • Native American Story Of Black Elk - 949 words
    Black Elk tells a story about his family, his tribe, his people, and the circle of life. But most of all Black Elk speaks about his life and his spiritual journey. This is a story of a shaman and as he speaks we go deeper and deeper into his vision from his colorful words we are able to catch a glimpse of Native American religion and their spirituality. By the symbols and Black Elks poetic words, we are able to get a clear idea what his religion is about and how it affects them in their daily life. Black Elk speaks about his culture and his traditional way of life. Appreciating nature and giving thanks to mother earth is what the Native American strives on and lives for. Unlike the white man ...
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  • Native American Story I Heard The Owl Call My Name - 1,166 words
    The spiritual, religious and cultural beliefs the Native Americans of Kingcome village possess are strong and tightly bound. They are connected physically and mentally to everything that surrounds them. The land, nature and people are a fundamental part of who they are. Yet the opportunities waiting for them in white society provide hope for a different life of freedom, independence, education and wealth. In Margaret Cravens epic novel I Heard The Owl Call My Name, both characters, Gordon and Keetah face the problem of living in two completely different and contrasting worlds, the Indian world and the White world. In the novel the importance of land, nature and people form the basis of the K ...
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