The American government of the late 1800’s adopted the policy of assimilation because they were influenced by the desire to expand westward into territories occupied by these Native American tribes. All Native American tribes, lived to the west of the Mississippi River. These American Indians, some from the Northwestern and Southeastern territories, were confined to Indian Territory. The Native Americans had endured nearly a century of forced removal westward.
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
The Downfall of the Native Americans The conquistadors came to the New World to conquer the land and everything they could gain from it such as gold, money, gems, and power. While the Native Americans had a few advantages over the conquistadors, having a larger population and already having set cultures throughout their nations to name a couple the conquistadors would succeed in subduing the Native Americans. The Europeans were successful in their endeavor for a few reasons; environmental factors, technology and tactics. One of the main factors that allowed the Europeans to take over the Native Americans was diseases; smallpox, typhus, and measles being the main killers. Europeans unknowingly brought over diseases with them causing epidemics and a huge depopulation among the Native
Cultural appropriation is the product of globalisation in the 21st century. Fashion designers from around the globe are continuously appropriating from one another. Cultural appropriation refers to the adoption of cultural elements from other cultures (Young, 2008). Appropriation has given the freedom to the dominant group to dress beautifully; however, it has devastating consequences for the minority group being appropriated, particularly the Native Americans. For decades, social activists were unsuccessful in stopping companies from selling Native inspired designs (Trevor, 2016).
Throughout the nineteenth century, most white settlers viewed Native Americans as lesser people and who were no better than animals. However, the thoughts about the survivability of Native Americans were in sharp contrast. Many commentators believed that American Indians were unable to evolve to sustain their prehistoric lifestyle and would soon die off. Others thought American Indians were instead able to endure the rapid change and would survive. With rumors and myths spreading rapidly, it became abundantly clear that in the nineteenth century Native Americans were widely viewed as a dying race although there were the occasional reports on the success and survivability of American Indian groups.
When the English settlers came over to the Americas they were not expecting to find indigenous people already there. These people were the Native Americans. Over time the English settlers formed one of two relationships with the Native Americans that they encountered. Some of the English and indigenous people became allies and worked together in hopes of benefiting their own society. Other groups of English and Native Americans did not get along and conflict broke out.
Imagine being forced to leave your home, just for the reason of white settlers needing land to plant cotton. In 1814, Andrew Jackson from Tennessee commanded, the U.S. military forces that defeated a faction of the Cherokee nation. In their defeat, they lost 22 million acres of land. The Cherokees were given two years to migrate voluntarily, at the end of the two years the Cherokees would be removed by force. In 1838 only 2,000 had migrated and 16,000 remained on the land.
The Legacy of the Historical Oppression of Native Americans To gain a true understanding of Native Americans and their culture, historians must not only examine the trials and tribulations Indians endured in the past, but also the contemporary issues the group faces. Currently, physical illnesses, psychological disorders, economic instability, and negative stereotypes continue to plague Native American communities. Popular sayings, like “Indians will be Indians” and “noble savages,” continue to haunt the culture. The use of the stereotypical Indian or “uncivilized savage” in toys, books, cars, foods, and sports teams, demonstrates how the American society is unfortunately accustomed to the prevalent stereotypes against Native Americans.
The land that most people believe to be rightfully theirs, and theirs alone is an incorrect assumption. The land they live on was once home to many indigenous people and their descendants still live there to this day. The indigenous people consisted of the Corn People, the Olmeca, the Maya, the Tolteca, the Tarasco, who were also known as the Purepecha, and the Azteca. Each indigenous tribe had their own way of life with their own developments. Quite often the developments were very advanced for their time periods.
From Siberia, Asia Native American migrated to America. American Indians lived in many different parts of America. Snowy, Icy, Humid, Hot and some of the places included many things including shelter, food, clothing, and good climate. American Indians used their natural resources very Wiseley. An animal would not stop being useful after they ate it.
discrimination against Native Americans. Because contemporary investigators were largely uninterested in the Osage murders, they did not assemble the necessary evidence. It may be tempting for the reader to believe that modern society has progressed past any discrimination, but this situation shows that historical discrimination still has serious
I would argue that Native Americans were brutally massacred due to ethnocentrism. The Dominant group, white people, destroyed and ripped away multiple cultures, languages, and traditions from the native people. The dominant group clearly thought themselves of God’s gift to the world; they believed that they were the standard that all other ethnicities and races should aspire to be. Therefore, they chose to coerce the Native people into forgetting their culture so, they could force the dominant culture on to them. This was a cultural massacre, but this was not the only massacre the dominant group committed, even if they did not know about it.