“How Would American Indians Teach US History?”

Originally Posted on June 27 2013
All photos by frugalchariot
[Petroglyphs at Painted Rock (Hohokam) and V-bar-V (Sinagua) Arizona]

Assume, for the moment, that you are an American, a ‘native’ American, one who is descended from any one of those tribal peoples who first populated this particular continent. Ignore, if you dare, the European invasion, the wars, the subsequent rape of the land and its peoples — your land, your people; ignore your ‘incarceration’, your internment on ‘Reservations;’ ignore all of the horrors that surely are implicit — once hatred and prejudice are the victors, once they became the rule.



Tell us . . . we who are remnants, offspring, of those who came uninvited, unannounced . . . those who were filled with fear . . .  fear of . . .

nov06 v-v 5Tell us . . . explain . . . our FEAR . . .

Our fear of . . . well, you know, savages. Etc.

I mean really . . . it is WE that control and OWN the WOrld. Admit it! WE of the WHITEness. The mental superiority. The inventors of . . . guns and bombs and stuff.

Why . . .  ummm . . . shhh . . . why are WE so afraid . . . ???

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Bruce Lipton and Steve Bhaerman write, “True sanity must face and embrace the insanity of today’s world and, in the process, offer to the temporarily insane anew awareness and a pathway to achieve harmony . . . sanity is about integrating opposites rather than taking refuge in one polarity or the other” (2009, p. 195).

“True sanity” . . . the automatic complete and total dismissal of today’s Wingnuttistanian nonsense; instead, the renewal of ancient, and cosmic, wisdom:

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Imagine it . . . a world free of fear, of irrational hatreds, of faux  infestations of faux supremacy . . . imagine a world driven by the concept spoken oh, so many years ago:

“It does not require many words to speak the truth.”  ~Chief Joseph, Nez Perce

Or perhaps this?

“Why not teach school children more of the wholesome proverbs and legends of our people?  That we killed game only for food, not for fun . . . Tell your children of the friendly acts of the Indians to the white people who first settled here.  Tell them of our leaders and heroes and their deeds . . . Put in your history books the Indian’s part in the World War. Tell how the Indian fought for a country of which he was not a citizen, for a flag to which he had no claim, and for a people who treated him unjustly.  We ask this, Chief, to keep sacred the memory of our people.”   ~Grand Council Fire of American Indians to the Mayor of Chicago, 1927

Or this???

“Your destiny is a mystery to us.  What will happen when the buffalo are all slaughtered?  The wild horses tamed? What will happen when the secret corners of the forest are heavy with the scent of many men and the view of the ripe hills is blotted by talking wires?  Where will the thicket be?  Gone!  Where will the eagle be?  Gone!  And what is it to say goodbye to the swift pony and the hunt?  The end of living and the beginning of survival.”   ~Attrib. Chief Seattle, in a letter to the US Government in 1852

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“There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.” ~George W. Bush; Nashville, TN, Sept. 17, 2002

Or, as the Sinagua once ‘said,’




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