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  • Ixodes

    Not to be too critical, but I don’t think a majority have thought of “native americans” (or whatever they are called…see #10) as “war-hungry savages” (#9) since at least 1990 (Dances with Wolves). While I am sure a few still do, as many races have negative veiws of each other, I don’t think this is a commonly held belief anymore, certainly not in most modern entertainment. Wow….1990….I can’t believe how old I have gotten…….remember when Kevin Costner could act? Neither can I.

  • marc

    It’s reading articles like this that makes me glad I went to school in New York State. The NYS middle school curriculum mandates a year of NYS history that covers more than just the European settlers. In fact it goes into the history of the Iroquois Nation in great depth. IIRC, 6th or 7th grade covers it and the class dispelled many of these myths in this very article. I don’t know about other states but I do know that the one year taught me an awful lot about what was going on here well before Europeans showed up..

  • Martin Fiero

    Like all generalities this article gets some concepts right and others wrong. if this article kindled an interest definitely pursue it. the pre-colombian peoples where amazing and many things would surprise you.

  • Sheikh

    “They don’t have to pay taxes”
    [Picture of I.R.S drop kicking Tatanka]

    Brilliant! Just brilliant.

  • Gpenguin

    On number 9 its pretty laughable not to call NA savages as I since my childhood have gone to pow wows and we know even before the European settlers were here, NA were considered savage as most of the tribes were at war before the European settlers arrived! Scalping happened before Eu settlers as well as blood thirsty feuds. The majority of people think that the NA were not savages by now that should be on your list as wrong; your interpretation is somewhat based on how people are supposed to feel bad for what happened to the NA culture but they were savages as history shows this! I have no idea why people try to make NA not savages just because of the massacres that happened to them. Having tribes at war (which again is true history) and then all of a sudden Europeans show up with guns and new technology, you dont think that the first indians to see them wouldnt want to make an alliance with them during uncertain war times, which could be anytime? Our history is always changing due to what people now are taught to think about NA culture, we understand the horrors that happened but do not want history changed because other minorities,whites,blacks feel bad for us. we accept our history, so should you

    • george

      white people were just as savage as native americans perhaps even more…native warfare was conducted in skirmishes as oppose to all out annihilation practiced by europeans in europe…thankfully europeans never succeeded in wiping each other out…im native by the way 100%…and natives did fight amongst each other pre european contact but not with the idea of genocide so dont call natives savages when europeans were also savages thats what i call hipocracy

  • Cherokee

    “This is made more difficult by the fact that there are so few of them left”
    You should add that misconception to the list too, we are still here and growing in numbers everyday. Not to mention all of our brothers south of the border made by the white man who are int the millions. They make up the majority in countries like Bolivia and Peru, and huge minorities in countries like Mexico and El Salvador

  • Tocherokee

    Funny enough, but you sound like an angry bigot. The PC culture has also made it PC for so-called natives to be outright racists. Case in point.

  • vijay banga

    When so called ,”Native Indians “, are original inhabitants of the present occupant nation of USA , why must they be subservient to them. They have as original owners every right not to pay any kind of taxes etc…

  • destardi

    How many native american tribes were wiped out by other native american tribes? No one knows…how could they.

    However, there is proven evidence of cannibalism among natives from the west coast to the east coast…

  • destardi There is A LOT more on the subject…and even the use of delicate phrases such as “careful to raise the subject due to political correctness’.

  • Yaddle2

    10- You’re generalizing a vast amount of people, Every Native American I’ve ever met was perfectly fine with being called that.
    9- Again with the generalizations. The pre-Colombian Americas were just as war-torn as the rest of the world at this time. Sure, most NA’s fought wars differently (with raids, some prisoners, and some exchange in territory), but that doesn’t mean they were peaceful.
    8- Sigh. I know you want to think of NA’s as being technologically equal to the Europeans, but that doesn’t make it true. The Europeans had guns, cannons, huge sailing ships, arches, glorious cathedrals, and advanced roads. The largest permanent structure built by NA’s in the modern US are the mounds at Cahokia. They’re impressive, but nothing compared to the marvels built by Europeans. The Mississippians, the largest civilization north of mesoamerica, were on the level of the people from Jericho from 9,000 years ago.
    7- You’re partially right. But just because a drug was used in rituals doesn’t mean it wasn’t used recreationally. However, there’s not enough evidence to go either way, so I’ll give you a pass.
    6- This one is accurate.
    5- Also accurate. In fact, NA’s were much cleaner and less disease ridden than the Europeans. Ironically, this is the biggest factor that led to their near extermination.
    4- This may be the biggest generalization you’ve made. Yes, many tribes appointed leaders. Yes, someone who claims to be Indian royalty is full of bs. BUT, we have clear evidence of hereditary governments, mainly on the East coast and Mississippi River valley.
    The last 3 are all accurate.