In 1858, the government had directly taken the reserves given to the Native Americans for resources the nation had wanted. The absolute least we as a nation and sports league can do is take away a name that the Native Americans find offense to their culture. We have not given them a voice until recently, although it is still flawed in how we value their opinion. Cynthia Connolly, one of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, says mascots representing them most often reflect who they were in the 1800s, as warriors.
I don’t see it as an attraction to Marbuk himself; although it might have been; but the fact that he encompassed the culture that she had been torn from and was instinctively drawn to. Aboriginal people were often cast as property, being thought as less than non- Aboriginal Australians and the only way they would be accepted was to share in the ‘white’ interests, beliefs and lifestyle. Both were punished for breaking the tribal ‘Skin Law’, something of which Jedda had no idea about but was punished by the tribal females while the ‘death song’ was cursed upon Marbuk, who had known that his actions of kidnapping a young Jedda would anger the tribal elders by “taking a girl of the wrong skin.” Despite the fact Marbuk had started to lose his mind, Jedda saw him as her only protector, she knew she could not live out in the bush on her own. Upon stating that she could not survive on her own, he took it as an idea for him to kill her, so he could live, thus lifting the death song curse. I believe that if Jedda would not have been so drawn to Marbuk, the mysterious ‘savage’ man if she had not been assimilated into white culture by Sarah
If Kathleen, or any of the Godfrey’s were to visit New Mexico they would see reservations as a justice because they were not deserving of an existence as the ancient people. Natives would righteously be put away from society because they were not as peaceful or civilized. Or Natives would need be assimilated until they were more like the ancient people, or more American. Tom’s stories leave a big mess for Natives to clear up. Because of stories like his, they need to vindicate themselves from falsehoods of savagery found in his story.
Tituba exposes the rudeness of European to Native Americans, but most importantly the mistreat of people that differed from the ideals of the beliefs. People were not only abused but killed. The superiority perception of Europeans, changed throughout the years, but there is no denying that changes were only made because of convenience. “The colonial empires used native people as guides, trading partners, and allies in wars and for other purposes.” They main concern was acquire more land without the treat that Native Americans made, for that reason, the only way to establish themselves was treating Amerindians as objects, not humans. Tituba is a clear example of the
Another way the Canadian Government ineffectively responded to Aboriginal affairs was through the social issues the Aboriginals dealt with. One example of this would be the Sixties Scoop. Prior to the 1950’s, children were taken to residential schools, where they were forced to forget their Native culture, and were punished if they attempted to do otherwise. In the late 1950’s, people started to realize the negative impacts the residential schools had on the children, as well as their families. This led to the drastic overrepresentation of Aboriginal children in the child welfare system in the 1960’s.
There was a popular assumption, which can be tied to a quote by General Sheridan , that “The only good Indians I ever saw were dead ones.” This quote captures a popular attitude of Anglo-Americans during this time. Due to the constant struggle for resources between the Native Americans and the settlers, wars between the two were inevitable. The white men wanted the lands that belonged to the Native Americans and they were convinced that, because of what they considered the uncivilized nature of the Native Americans, there was no way they could coincide with the Native Americans. This presumption was due to the biased outlooks that the Anglo Americans had toward Native Americans culture. Due to these attitudes toward the Native Americans the settlers set out to acquire their lands.
Native Americans were assimilated into the American culture through strict reeducation, which they could neither avoid nor escape. This reeducation was brutal and unnecessary to achieve the desired effect. Unfortunately, the assimilation of Native Americans through reeducation was unfair and caused a lot of
However, disregarding the natives’ religion, culture, and way of life does exactly the opposite. Uprooting them in this way creates a vicious cycle of oppression; this would not only be just a temporary solution, but also would harbor future problems to
The Ignorance of Native Existence Thomas King questions the attitude of society and advocates the rights of indigenous people. King compels his readers to wonder how the indigenous people came to be in the state we see them, in the story. This was due to the conflict between white individuals and indigenous people and how the two cultures clash; industrialization and the natural world. The purpose of this text is to remind people about the harsh treatment indigenous people have received in the past. There is an imbalance of power between the two societies.
Students have mainly reported incidents of hate speech about their race, next ethnicity, then sexual orientation. This can affect school performance, and kids are more likely to express fear at school. Hate is making the already tough school system, even harder. Hate crimes have increased 62% on colleges campuses. Anti-Gay slurs are common, and students claim teachers seldom do anything.