Saturday, May 29, 2010

Things I'm interested in

"We did not think of the great open plains, the beautiful rolling hills, and the winding streams with tangled growth as wild. Only to the white man was nature a wilderness and only to him was the land infested with wild animals and savage people. To us it was tame. Earth was bountiful and we were surrounded with the blessings of the Great Mystery. Not until the hairy man from the east came and with brutal frenzy heaped injustices upon us and the families we loved was it wild for us. When the very animals of the forest began fleeing from his approach, then it was for us that the Wild West began."
-Luther Standing Bear, Sioux Chief

This picture of him, breaks my heart a little bit. He was one of the children taken from his home and put in the Carlisle Indian School. They were punished for speaking their own language and wearing their own clothes. Their hair was cut (which was a HUGE deal for them because they would only do that in times of great mourning). Their parents were told that they were going there to learn how to speak and write English. They had no idea what they really wanted was for them to "forsake the ways of their fathers".

Luther, Standing Bear ended up using the English he learned to write books, sharing with the world the truth of the injustice that was done to his people. He also eventually started acting in some of the original "wild west" movies. His hope was that the "white man" would see how wrong they were. Unfortunately that didn't start to happen until decades after his death.

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