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!
That’s right you heard me right. Libraries, places where books and knowledge are stored. The Incas, Mayans, Pueblo, Lakota and many tribes had official houses for knowledge and history. Vast stores of knowledge were in these libraries from history and census type data to achievements and agricultural events. All manner of knowledge was written and stored in these libraries.
Reports of 16th and 17th century Spanish scholars and surviving pre-Contact documents are evidence that a great deal of recorded Indian knowledge, some of it pertaining to mathematics, agriculture, medicine, history and science was lost in the destruction of Mesoamerican, north American (like the Lakota) and Incan libraries in those centuries.
This tragedy resulted from the misguided attempts of colonial religious, military and civil authorities to erase the native cultures of the Indian nations that came under their domination in that era. Thus, what remains today of traditional American Indian mathematics, history, agriculture and medicine are but fragments of the living oral tradition and a very few surviving texts.
Scholars can supplement these remains with the accounts of some early European observers and those of a few bilingual Indian historians from the period shortly after Contact. There is also a recent body of knowledge. This comes from scientific reconstruction of Indian knowledge deduced from art works, buildings, monuments, engineering works and other archaeological remnants. Each source has its limitations for the purposes of general study.
As a whole they paint of a picture of a highly advanced civilization, rich in culture and heritage living a generally peaceful co-existence. A culture all but lost to greed, arrogance and ignorance. These libraries covered history dating back thousands of years prior to European contact. As far back as 3,000 BC and it’s been lost to time and the desire to erase these people from history.
How many Europeans would have been in favor of genocide had they known the truth of these highly advanced and civilized people? How many would have preferred to come and live in peace, to share and to learn if they knew the truth?
More on Mayan Libraries and books can be found here. It’s sad that thousands upon thousands of books were purposely destroyed by Europeans. Lakota winter counts (a History of the Lakota can be found here. All other written Lakota history, almanacs in the form of navigation charts and other written work has been lost to the same greed and ignorance. Winter Counts a history of the Lakota date back more than 3,000 years only a fraction of that remains today.