Date: Wed, 12 Jul 1995 18:41:07 -0700
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Subject: Wotanging Ikche--nanews03.028(part A)
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Date: Sat Jul 08, 1995 01:12 EDT
From: Jim Casto(email@example.com)
Subj: Wallowing in Self-Pity
If we're talking about the French and Indian Wars, they _were_ about
land. The British and the French were fighting over the Indian's
land. (As well as a few other wars going on in Europe and merely
extending into the colonies.) The land is called the Ohio River
Valley. That kinda put the Indians between a
hard place and a
rock. If you're stuck in the middle of a war, it's kind of a
human tendency to choose sides particularly when the two opponents are
fighting over something that belongs to neither of them, but belongs
Maybe we also need to bring up here that it was the colonists (the American patriots) that were violating the Proclamation Line of 1763 signed by their (at that time still the legal government authority) government and that's why many Indians joined the British in defense of their homelands during the American Revolution.
BTW, contrary to the
popular patriotic, nationalist history
that has been told in the past, the American Revolution wasn't _just_
tea and taxes. The Indians and their _land_ were one
of the MAJOR disputes brewing during the fifty years or so prior to
If you want a truer picture of history than what you learned in school and the movies, you might locate a series of books by Francis Jennings. The basic titles are:
The Invasion of America,
The Empire of Fortune,
The Ambiguous Iroquois Empire. The are basically a
The last one was written in 1984. The first one was written in 1975. Francis Jennings was the director of the Newberry Library Center for the History of the American Indian and I believe is still teaching at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA.
the crossing the land bridge theory... Some of us
don't deny that there was encroachment by invaders over a land
bridge. The Native Americans were _already here_, however, and failed
to keep the invaders out.
disturbing the habitat... Here's an interesting point
that was brought up in my
Columbia River class last night:
The Indians had a commercialized (for barter and trade purposes)
fishing industry on the Columbia River for seven _thousand_
years. There was no chance that the salmon would be wiped out. The
white man came in and in the one hundred twenty years between 1860 and
1980, the salmon had almost disappeared.
Uh... In this part of the country it's not the Indians that are
wallowing in self-pity or whining and moaning... It's the
farmer, the cattleman, the miner, and the timberman as they see all
big bucks flowing down the Columbia River.
Only when the last tree has been felled,
The last river poisoned,
The last fish caught,
Will you recognize that you can't eat money.