1600-1750 Early American Indians

“Readers may not be surprised at the cruelty of the Puritans, not of the scalp hunters, but they may be surprised and outraged to discover that early American Indians were not quite the Indians depicted in Disney movies. The prehistoric Native American was no different than early warring people everywhere. He fought and killed without mercy, took heads from his enemies, and proudly displayed them, ate the young children of his enemies as he fled, captured young maidens and sacrificed them, stripping the flesh from tortured captives for feasts, and threw babies into sacrificial fires to mollify his gods. Of course, no single tribe was responsible for all of these cruelties, yet they happened regularly.” “For me, discovering the underside of our history has banished the mythic and fictive illusions portrayed by guilt-ridden idealists and erased the compulsion to go easy on my subjects simply because there have been no people in recorded history so badly treated by invaders” (p. xx-xxi)

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• Activity 3 focuses on sports, which students may find most connects their own way of life with that of early American Indians'. Once students have completed the reading and discussion, tell them that the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 emphasized activities that were considered "important" to the Indian cause. That Act did not consider sports as conducive to Indian well-being. One main reason for the de-emphasis on sports seems to have been that officials felt athletes were becoming "students in name only."

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Early American Indians The Northern Neck of Virginia has a rich agricultural tradition. From the early American Indians who grew maize, squash and beans to the present-day farmer managing hundreds of acres of corn, soybeans, and small grains, the accumulated knowledge of the land from generations of participants in this life-sustaining activity is worthy of a permanent display of appreciation. The goal of the museum is to develop exhibits that span the years from early American Indian agriculture through the present.

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Edmund Shaftsbury, an early 1900s writer on health and human magnetism, writes about the early American Indians: “The American Indians are known to have the strongest eyes in the world. They have the closest thing to ‘telescopic vision.’ They can see objects in the far distance that the average person would need a telescope to see” (Gurki Doe, American Indian Telescopic Eye Vision, October 13, 2011).