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American Indian Essay

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Throughout the 19th century, there was much interaction between the white Americans and the native peoples of North America, some positive and some negative. Even though Indians traded with American settlers, this did not mean they were successfully engaged with Americans. white Americans wanted to take land from the Indians and trade with them for large profits. Also, white Americans increasingly viewed Indians as their enemies.
Native Americans did not engage with Americans successfully, because they viewed things from a different perspective. In “Shawnee Chief Tecumseh Recounts the Misdeeds of Whites and Calls for Indian Unity, 1810”, 1Native Americans were shown to have trusted the ...view middle of the document...

This article compared the state of Native Americans at the time it was written to what it was like before Native Americans engaged with Americans. It says they were pure, happy and strong. However, after they started to engage with the Americans, they started to adopt American culture and lost interest in their own culture. 2For example, they started to eat pig meat and started wearing wool from sheep. Men could not hunt without loud guns. Women did not want to make fire without steel, or they taught their daughters to make leather. 2 The Native Americans also started to become addicted to alcohol and caught destructive diseases that American settlers had brought from Europe. Native Americans became weak and needy after they engaged with Americans, and they had to beg white men for goods. Americans were superior to the Native Americans, because American people wanted to take everything from the Native Americans and they viewed them as their enemy. This shift in the way Native Americans pursued their culture constituted a loss for Native Americans and their way of life.
As a result, many Native Americans started to realize that adopting American culture would only be harmful for them. They kept guns to defend themselves against American white men. Arrows could kill American intruders, as well. Native Americans would go to their grandfathers and learn how to make good bows or shape arrowheads and recover the old hunting skills. 2Native Americans would also not eat any food that is raised or cooked by a white person, like wheat bread or meat made from domesticated cattle, because it was not good for them.
When white people arrived on Native American lands, Native Americans had sympathy for them, giving those whites land and food.3 More and more whites came to live near the Native Americans. They called each other brothers, so Native Americans trusted them. However, when the number of whites greatly increased, they wanted their country. In order to achieve their goal, the Americans had to destroy their neighbors who were their brothers in the past. Whites sold Native Americans strong liquor, and it killed thousands. They also hired Indians to fight against Indians, so many of the Indian people were destroyed. 3 Whites still not satisfied when they got Native Americans’ country, they tried to force their religion and moral standards on the Native Americans.
However, Red Jacket questioned: how they can know it is true? He pointed out that natives had their own religion as well. They understood whites’ religion was written in the book, but it if was intended for Native Americans, why would it be given to them first by the people who had deceived them in the past, and not by the spirits they worshipped?3 Therefore, natives did not understand these things. Red Jacket also believed that, because of the great differences in physical appearance and lifestyle that his Great Spirit had bestowed on natives and Europeans, it would not be such a leap of...

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