The Sun Dance Ritual Was Regarded As Savage

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Native American cultures were regarded as uncivilized and savage in the eyes of many white americans of the Gilded Age. The Native American tribal lifestyles, which consisted of living in a natural and spiritual way were not as progressive as the conventional American industrial lifestyle, and therefore, Native cultures were deemed uncivilized. For example the Sioux indians, like many other tribes, believed mother nature to be the source that created all living things, and for that reason, their traditions revolved around nature. The sun dance ritual was regarded as savage because its purpose was to renew the relationship with the land and all life on the earth, which many white americans believed to be unreasonable, merely superstitious, and uncivilized. Henry Pratt an army officer created the first Native American boarding school in Carlisle, Pennsylvania which forced the young natives to sacrifice their unique cultures and assimilate into mainstream society. The goal of Carlisle was to teach the young natives the conventional american lifestyle mentioned above which consisted of maintaining a western appearance, practicing american values, and leaving behind their native cultures. Pratt believed indian cultures to be savage and therefore, he practiced his motto, “Kill the Indian, and Save the Man” by making Carlisle a major means by which the young natives were stripped of their cultures and taught the american way. Carlisle became a model school for many Native American
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