When i look at all the pics from Mankers Station, Martin's Station or all the other 18th century reeanacting events,am i wrong or are most of the 'natives', white guys?
Most are white are small amount of blood, at least from people in my group of actors,, I have Taino blood In me which is not native to “America” but native to Puerto Rico island,, but I portray a white who was raised by the native people, when ever people ask me at an event , what tribe Iam, I always explain I’m here to show and teach that whites where raised into the tribes , some events my best friend comes out with me , he’s Mohawk, so I always add to my portrayal that this is my adopted brother ,,, which outside of the events he is like my brother , he n his family is why I do what I do, his mom always treated me like a son
I had written more but the E gajet said I went over 30 minets !.Interesting topic I have been involved with Indian culture in the UK rangeing from the seemingly 'Wicked Authentic' to Academic but too out of the wardrode squeeky tidy .By & large I found their portrayals to my eyes exellent AND respectful I made no attempt to portray India other than adding to a small theatrical event as weirdo Shaman here in NZ at an A&P show I have been to a Pow wow in Massachusets and such are held in UK
Very true! However as to the rape not being part of their culture, that depends. East of the Mississippi that would be true. Likewise west of the rockies. On the Plains rape and gang rape were not just common but the norm. Also, most of the plains tribes rarely took captives, male,female or child regardless of race. There were exceptions like the Crows, but largely captives were rare, treated brutally and rarely adopted as in the east. These facts were well known at the time, but are being scrubbed out of contemporary history. There were good reasons that great leaders from the plains tribes like Red Cloud and Quannah Parker refused to talk about their exploits against settlers. Those interested should look for 1st hand accounts from those who actually were contemporaries of events, many of whom lived with, intermarried and were partial to the indians. Reading those and accounts from early or first contact reporters gives a very different account than either what we are taught today or what many natives believe about their ancestors. You are dead on about culture changing in all cases and races.I would point out a couple/ three or so things:
Indian tribes tended to be very culturally prejudiced. They were the “people” or some sort of special people. Most of the names we call tribes come from tribes names for the others, and tend to be disparaging.
However they were not racially prejudice. People got adopted in to tribes and children born to a woman was a full member of her tribe. Lots of ‘Indians’ in the famous East Indian wars and culture meetings were white or part white. So a ‘white Indian’ at an event is not out of place.
Indian warfare was very rough. While ‘rape’ wasn’t a thing Indians practiced they did force captive women in to marriages and made sure they stayed captives. The also practiced slaughter of women and children when taking captives was inconvenient. And freely tortured people to death. They practiced cannibalism at times. Today we have anthropologist who want to down play this as ‘dehumanizing’ to ‘native people’ but facts don’t care about feelings.
Culture is very changeable. Indian culture of cr 1700 is no more like modern Indian culture then white Europeans today are like their eighteenth century ancestors. Just as we need to recognize Distasteful aspects of European culture we should be able to recognize distasteful aspects of Indian culture at that time.
Have read it. It is both well researched and an excellent read.In the truly excellent, Empire of the Summer Moon, the author details the depredations suffered by the Texan settlers. The Comanche were a ferocious foe and struck terror into everyone within their range. During a summer moon, every man, woman and child went in fear of their lives from the Comanche, especially the women.
People from what’s now the American Southwest were driven south by drought about 1200 AD. They would settle in a Swamp no one else’s wanted. Two centuries later they ruled an empire that stretched across the land, from the North Sea to the south. An Empire built on blood.Black Horse,Correct but if you think of the Americas as a melting pot of different cultures, people and traditions who are the original inhabitants. The European explorers took what they wanted and ravished the native populations for labor, wealth and any other thing they could take. If modern terms are used and supposedly correct this makes us a ever evolving population where as we will eventually lose all individuality and cultural back ground. Perhaps this is the grand plan in the long run, SHEEPLE maybe this could be the new term used to describe the population, follow me do not think or cut your own path for you are not capable. As you no fight here just thoughts I believe in the long run we best stand together and preserve the cultures of each individual as well as the way of life we treasure for there are those whom are willing and working to strip you of it disguised in the cloak of humanity.