Different Cultures The Europeans and the Native Americans arguably do not co-exist because different groups did not allow them to be their own tribes. The Europeans treated the Indians with as little respect as possible. The Indians were used to work including the women and children. The Christians changed how they were viewed by the Indians because they suffered from beatings and other tragedies among their tribes. The Native American tribes wanted peace within their groups although they were fighting with the Europeans and killings between the two cultures occurred. The Indians had people that were on their side and agreed with their views. Although the Indians where being used as slaves and treated poorly. The Native Americans and the English did not agree with each other, which resulted in the Indians land being taken away, being slaves, and the English making the Indians work for them. The Native Americans were looked as being animals, or evil beings, as well as being seen as a soul to be saved. In “The Navajo Creation Story” the Native American tribe wanted the “establishment of harmony and balance among the gods, the People and all the other sentient beings. Especially important is the attainment of a relationship of harmony and balance between husband and wife.” (26) the Native American tribe wanted to make a living and support their tribe members by gathering and using resources to create balance within their tribes. The Europeans did not agree with the choices of
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Cherokee Indians have been around for many years, but when the topic of Native Americans is discussed it is only about the struggles and hardships they went through but never their actual culture of how and where they originated or how they came to be. There are many interesting things to learn about Cherokee Indians such as their heritage, religion, language, and their traditional songs, dances, and food.
With different cultures and beliefs, it is very hard for groups of people to avoid conflict with one another. One of the biggest factors of the clash between Native Americans and Europeans is that they are coming from completely different lifestyles. Europeans had very poor diet, which consisted of mostly bread and soup. Those who did not starve were malnourished. Europe was filled with many diseases that killed much of Europe’s population. Native American survival was based on hunting and gathering. If they killed an animal they ate, if they failed to do so they went hungry. Native Americans lived under a democratic system and were separated into tribes and lived in tents. There was no such thing as rich or poor between tribes, which eliminated competition to move up the social ladder. Some tribes were very small, and to avoid being outrun by larger tribes, the
Beginning in the sixteenth century, Europeans made the voyage to a “new world” in order to achieve dreams of opportunity and riches. In this other world the Europeans came upon another people, which naturally led to a cultural exchange between different groups of people. Although we commonly refer to European and Indian relations as being between just two very different groups of people, it is important to recognize this is not entirely true. Although the settlers of the new world are singularly referred to as Europeans, each group of people came from a different nation and with different motives and expectations of the new world. Similarly, the Indians were neither a united group nor necessarily friendly with each other. Due to the
After Europeans first encountered Native Americans they did not fully understand the religions and culture of the different tribes. The Europeans Viewed the Natives as a lesser people that needed to be forcefully assimilate to European standards.The Native Americans traditional religions were throw aside by the Europeans who valued Christianity. They were also viewed as an easy resource and were enslaved.
Distorted perspectives of european settlers led them to view Native Americans as “uncivilized savages.”As the Renaissance reached its ending term Europeans saw their religion (Christianity) as an advanced culture. When Europeans arrived to the “New World” in 1493 settlers discovered the native inhabitants were bizarre to the new settlers. Further in time Settlers observed their culture and viewed their religion as evil and thought of the Natives God as the “Devil in disguise.” As a consequence of their perspective of their religion Settlers thought of them as animals, non-human and branded the term savages to Native Americans. Since Europeans viewed their religion as advanced setters thought of the idea of emerging Native Americans into the white man culture and wanted to “civilize” the Native Americans. Native Americans didn’t like the idea of being rooted to the culture of the Europeans, so Europeans thought of the solution of moving the Native Americans west so the native could preserve their culture. Furthermore igniting the reaction of removal of Natives Americans, conversion of culture and the war between the Europeans and Native
Although the Indians had many admirable talents, the Europeans respect for the natives was microscopic. Europeans from different parts of the world had conflicting viewpoints of how Indians should be treated. In the, “Native
The Europeans and Native Americans certainly saw the world in very different ways – too different, perhaps, to ever live together in harmony. It is not surprising that the Europeans couldn't understand the Native American people and their way of life, as it contrasted so greatly from their own. Dissimilarities in culture were not limited to Europeans and Indians, as even among the various indigenous tribes there were notable differences in their lives and customs, sprouting from their respective needs for survival, such as the Anasazi protecting themselves from the blazing heat of the southwest or the Eskimos braving the bitter cold of the north.
The Natives came off as an easy target to the Europeans because of their lack of advanced technologies such as guns and lack of organization, and their fondness for the simpler ways of life. The Europeans that came over to the Americas worked together and were united as one people, where the Natives were divided among tribes and were looking to benefit from trade with
When Europeans first set foot upon the shores of what is now the United States they brought with them a social structure which was fundamentally based around their concept and understanding of Western European Christianity. That the indigenous peoples might already have a thriving civilization, including religious beliefs and practices, that closely paralleled the beliefs and practices of European civilization, was a concept not considered by these early explorers and settlers. This European lack of cultural understanding created tensions, between Native Americans and Europeans, and later between Native Americans and Euro-Americans, that eventually erupted into open warfare and resulted in great bloodshed between cultures. For the Lakota
Throughout history from the founding of the New World to what we are today the Native Tribes have been always pushed around. Never able to settle down nor were they able to make peace with the Europeans as they took their land and killed off their tribes. Struggles with disease and European troops, the Native Americans attempted to fight back. Most of the time unsuccessful, but the natives did have their one or two victories. It was almost as if the Natives were nothing but balloons floating in nothing they were just pushed aside when they were not needed for allies for war or slavery. It never got easier for the Native Americans, never given a chance, the Native Americans were constantly forced around and never had a place they could love and call a home.
A few thousands of years before the famous and high recognized explore Christopher Columbus’ ships landed in the Bahamas, a distinctive group of people discovered America. The ancestors of modern Native Americans who hiked over a “land bridge” from Asia more than 12,000 years ago. In fact, there is an estimate that more than 50 million people were already living in the Americas. As time passed, these migrants and their descendants pushed south and east, adapting as they went. In order to keep track of these diverse groups, anthropologists and geographers have divided them into “culture areas,” or rough groupings of contiguous peoples who shared similar habitats and characteristics.
It is important to note here that it is very easy to villainize the European Americans, and without a doubt there were many people who used the education of the Native Americans to do very villainous things and on the whole the Native American Boarding schools were an exercise in abuse, but (and this is a big but) by and large the intention of the European Americans was to help the native Americans. The situation is not a black and white “Good” vs. “Evil”. The problem was cultural. The Native way of thinking was a problem for the European Americans who had found the land and wanted to use it their way. There was, if course a contrast to how the Native Americans viewed the world and their place in it and when the Native Americans fought back against the appropriation of their land, there was blood shed on both sides. This lead to the European view that the Indian was not to be trusted. There were also differences in religion. One has to remember that the Christian religion dominated the European population of U.S. and one
According to most people, the Native Americans were savage violent people. They were practically animals, who lived in tents and yelled HOW! These are false accusations, actually very ignorant accusations. It’s not really one person's fault for our thinking like this, it’s what’s portrayed to people through books and T.V. It’s just the images that have been put into people's heads, but in reality, the Native Americans were smart civilizations that just lived a little differently than people were used to. People label and fear things they don’t understand. They had land torn away from them, and yet they are the ones labeled as savage and cruel. Indians, for example the Cherokees, were peaceful. The Cherokees didn’t live in tents or act like animals. They were a community and family that lived from the land. The Cherokees were very artistic and smart, they made pipes and music, they also learned how to survive and thrive in the Appalachians by making intricate trails.
How many Native American tribes can you name? Let’s just say that there are 562 tribes, bases, nations, or pueblos that you could have said and they all are from North America alone. Approximately 229 of them are in Alaska. Hard to believe right? How many are there in your state? Native American tribes are found in 33 different states across the U.S. Most of which were put onto an Indian Reservation. If you are from the Central United States, you have probably heard of the Pawnee Native Americans.
By contrast the Eastern European settlers came to America with the mentality that they sought to obtain glory and gold from the seemingly wild New World and convert any peoples they met along the way to their religion. To ensure that these goals were accomplished the initial settlers came with a façade to the Native American peoples in that they presented peace instead of presenting their true motives. With this mentality the Americas changed drastically. Any wars that had been fought between tribes had usually never been genocidal. However, when the Europeans settled the New World, everything changed, instead of small raids over disputes, wars became over religion and the conversion to it. Instead of small skirmishes due to a misunderstanding, skirmishes became battles over language and who’s language should be spoken.7 To the European the Indian was a “savage” an entity that was birthed by Satan and that needed to be “wiped from existance.” Or so they say. These stereotypes were only placed on the Native Americans as a form of justification for the wrongs of the European. After the settlers manage to become self sufficient in the New World, they felt as if they no longer needed the assistance of the Natives any longer. This is by all means true; once the settlers managed to get on their feet, with the help of the natives of course, they no