NATIVE PEOPLES & TIME & HISTORY
- Experience & Events gain significance not from when it happens, but from what it means
- Cyclical Time: No straight forward cause & effect Ė events are decoded, not in chronological relationship to one another, but in understanding of the world
- History is not a linear record, but a blueprint for a living
- Many Tribes referred to themselves as the "first people" or "the original people" or "the real people"
- Their stories locate them in a place of special power and significance
- Unconcerned if their neighbors stories differed...for they were part of a different landscape
- Contrasting with the Jeudeo-Christian notions that they received a unique revelation of Godís true nature, allowing them to dismiss otherís beliefs as wrong
- Europeans believed in a single monolithic truth
- Native Peoples in America are living our past
- Vestiges of our own lost innocence
- They fell behind in cultural evolution
- We study them for clues to our own past
- Is their primitiveness a sign of an innate inferiority?
- Can we help them by making them more like us?
- Why do we pilfer their culture for ancestral wisdom we lost along our way?
- By surplanting them, does that validate our destiny?