Cultural Differences Between Native Americans and the American Colonists

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When the colonists came to America, they classified the Native Americans as complete brutal savages. But was that a correct assumption? The Native Americans lived a life that was a complete opposite from the way that the Europeans were accustomed to. The Native Americans believed that the land was shared by everyone and not one person could own it. The Native Americans also had a polytheistic religion which completely went against the beliefs of the colonists. The colonists viewed the Native Americans as savages and barbarians because their ways of living were different. The Native American’s way of living was different from the Europeans. They believed that man is ruled by respect and reverence for nature and that nature is an…show more content…
“The circle of life is never broken” (Taos Pueblo Indian). The colonists just tore apart the land and started changing the Native American culture. Some Native American’s learned to coexist with the colonists by setting up trade networks and adopting some of their technologies. Many others thought that what the colonists were doing was wrong and didn’t cooperate with the transition to the European customs. Culture wasn’t the only thing that the Europeans brought over to the Americas. Along with their customs and rules, came the diseases that the Native American’s have never been exposed to. The Europeans brought many communicable diseases such as small pox and measles which were transmitted to the Native Americans through trade goods or someone infected with them. This quickly annihilated most of the Native American population. The Native American religion was very different from the Christian religion of the Europeans. The Native American’s didn’t pray to a god, they prayed to something in nature such as the sky or the sun. “O our Mother the Earth, O our Father the Sky” (Tewa Indian). The colonists thought that it was barbaric that the Native American’s didn’t believe in a God. The colonists thought that there was only one correct way to be religious and that the way that the Native American’s practiced religion was ‘the wrong way’. The Europeans and the Native American’s come from very different customs and cultures. The colonists had very
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