Originally posted by Jeremiah65
reply to post by chachonee
I don't know exactly what to say to this.
No one has "made fun" of anything.
I personally am fascinated with native American culture, I like to learn about it and try to understand it better. If people being curious what their
animal totems or native American names "might have been" is offensive to you...you are far-far too thin skinned. I think it is a positive sign.
Ignorance is the biggest cause of fear and hate and social unrest...if people want to learn about another culture, there is nothing but good that can
come from it.
Remove the ignorance, remove the barriers...it's that simple and it starts with tiny steps of curiosity.
Oversensitivity is also a problem in our "world" culture..."Mommy Government!...Dat bad man hurt my wittle feelwings...lets make laws to make da bad
I Greet You!
First of all, many non-native americans think we lost it all. Yes, we were killed for practicing our ways and beliefs, but many of our ancestors kept
our ways a secret. when non-native americans come to our area's they brought their own ways and beliefs, hence the founding principal to freedom(s)
But not our freedoms, we just got our freedoms(kind of) in the early 1990's
I looked at this site where other posters were getting their totems or animal signs, and very entertaining. My point, probably cause i am a native
american and I do have my cultural intact as my beliefs which were handed down from many generations before me.
First of all, what native american asked any non-native american to learn bout our ways and languages? Do you not think that if we wanted others to
know, we would of printed books and gave everyone the low down? If there are any native americans that tell the public about their own ways, it is
from native americans that get their same information as the public.
Back in the day, for example a non-native american would come around native american communities and try to live with the savages and learn their ways
and beliefs. why? Curiosity? Science? Now, if they come to a conclusion(these non-native americans) to how and why and what for, it was their own
understanding not through the eyes or mind of a native american.
How do you think they obtained stories? They paid the native americans in alcohol and promises to make life a little better for them, but at that time
them natives were way to gun shy, and knew that if others of their kind found out they spilled the beans, what do you think would happen to them?
Death and not just them, but from the eldest to the un-born.
So, non-native americans had to wait, not long either, till them half-breeds that had non-native fathers and native mothers, them half breeds were
outcasts, so, they may have been around their relatives for certain ceremonies and other public life amongst their native relatives, but what they
were privy too, was very limited.
Furthermore, lets say i went to the country you come from, did your people like mine were done, do you think that you would tell me the whole truth?
Probably not, ennit?
Even the mere notion of someone wanting to know, or wanting to be like us? Why? Are you not satisfied with your own ways and beliefs? what ever ways
and beliefs you have, i can respect them for you, and even tell you that maybe they are nice ways and such. That does not make me want to throw my
ways away and pick up yours.
I may sound like I am making this into something that really does not matter to you or anyone reading this post, we could say hateful things back and
forth, create a cycle of hate, maybe go to war, i mean look at the world, wars were started over things such as this.
Now you want to say, "Hey! Whats the problem? we was just having a little fun(sure at your expense and others like you) "No one has "made fun" of
anything." was what you said, ennit? How would you know? Are you a native american?
Lets say, you are. You could tell me your parents and grandparents and i could find out everything about you, thats how small our native american
communities really are. If you are from our people, you could easily find out everything bout me, Me and mine are known in Canada, here and down South
and I am not threatening nor am I bragging. Just pointing out how small of a speck we are compared to the others around us here.
Lets say, you really want to know and you just got to know! There is a way, but it requires respect.
Note: Today, you can find many things bout native americans, but these sacred rites and sacred names(hence the word sacred) and i am sorry to say, for
us savages. Plus, I am not speaking for all Native Americans, just my clan and some of my tribe, whats left of us anyway. If you and the public really
knew how life really is for me and mine, you would never want to be, like us.
edit on 11-3-2013 by chachonee because: (no reason given)
edit on 11-3-2013 by chachonee because: miss-spelled words and
made a few adjustments here and there, to make my post read-able
edit on 11-3-2013 by chachonee because: again, i found a error.
edit on 11-3-2013 by chachonee because: dang, hopefully the last edit.