Introducing a new series. Things you were never taught in school about native Americans. I hope to impart some glimpse at false history and have some fun educating people as well. These will most likely be short and scattered randomly. I will do two today because I want to start the series off right. This will be all for today. Until next time!
Many believe the history books about violent blood baths between the savages of north America. But was it truthful?
Let us look at what the colonists had to say about native warfare shall we?
Warfare among (north American) Indians was rather harmless, in comparison to European standards, and was meant to avenge insults rather than conquer land. In the words of some of the pilgrim fathers: “Their Warres are farre less bloudy…”, so that there usually was “no great slawter of nether side”. Indeed, “they might fight seven yeares and not kill seven men.” What is more, the Indians spared women and children.
Many wars were settled by games like LaCrose. Treaties were honored by both sides. War was never about greed, but necessity and death was always a last resort.
(Even in war) Because to the native people all life is sacred and all people are related. Why would I kill my brother, my sister, my sisters children? I wouldn’t nor would the native peoples because before 1492 war was not a reality for the native peoples of north America. Not bloody, merciless war like the Europeans.
Here is how Christopher Columbus described the Arawak, tribal people living in the Bahamas when he landed there in 1492: “They…brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells. They willingly traded everything they owned…. They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance…. With 50 men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.”
they did not bear arms, they did not know arms. How much more do we need?
The Arawak and Wampanoag were kind to the people of European descent. Europeans showed their thanks by sickening, subjugating and slaughtering them. And today European descendants have the gall to call them (native Americans) more savage than Europeans who came here?
many tribes had no word for war and those that did have it certainly never practiced it in the manner the “civilized” world did.