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melting pot
Old 03-01-2020, 05:56 AM
 
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Well I am also partly "indigenous" although I prefer the term "native" and the term "Melting Pot" is anything but offensive. In fact it's confirmation, of fulfilled prophecy of 10,000 years of native spiritual beliefs. My people are from the southeast and we have an oral history... detailed with names, places and events that goes back about seven hundred years, and a less specific oral history going back a Millenia. As with nearly all natives, our people did not have a concept of anyone "owning" land, we were part of the land... like the rocks, animals and the trees all created (and thus owned) by the Great Spirit. Who would be stupid enough to think they could own something that was there before them, and will remain long after they are buried in it? I'm sure we struggled with understanding the morons as they plodded through. Even our own boundaries changed frequently with climate and wars. When the Spanish came in the early 1500s, they were just another tribe, no more or less bloody and violent than what we already had. (We were plenty capable of horrors among ourselves.) So when it was expressed to us, the Christian gospel fit nearly perfectly into our existing spiritual narrative; the way a key unlocks a padlock. Before that, we didn't really have sin, but more of honoring our ancestors, (and the Great Spirit.) We knew we had a partial understanding, the phrase is roughly translated "The Whispers of a memory long-forgotten" it has the basic meaning of "on the tip of my tounge". You know it, but can't express it. It essentially completed our spiritual understanding and many tribes around my people willingly converted to Christianity. For 300 years we had a mix of Catholicism and Native beliefs because they did fit together well. Then in the 1700's many of the Chiefs of our people had visions and they sought out more information from the Protestants as they were told in the visions and dreams. As a result many of our people converted to a more Protestant alignment. Even despite relocation, we held these beliefs. (I cross the trail of tears twice, every time I drive to work, and feel the connection with my past each time.) But to blame racists for it would be stupid. You can't judge history by modern understanding. The "settled science" of the day was essentially eugenics, and they were acting on what they knew. The survivors in my family made the best of it. Hope for peace still lingered. During the westward expansion period, Baptists and Methodist missionaries would push through the wilderness almost always accompanied by Native Americans usually Chiefs, princes and elders to help fulfill the long-known wishes of the now-revealed Great Spirit that all tribes would live as one tribe/family as had been prophesied from time immemorial. Many of our people died trying to achieve that goal. The United States mostly fulfilled that goal by being a "melting pot" with all tribes being as one huge family. We were getting really close from the late 70s till the early 2000s, then we backslid a bit. Many from my family left Oklahoma prior to the dustbowl and settled within regular society as best possible. My grandmother married a railroad man and went to Ohio. Her children decided not to maintain a connection to tribal life. My cousins stayed connected or semi-connected. But that is in a nutshell why its a good thing to teach and explain. There will always be bad people of any color, just dont be that person. America is a family, not an ethnic group, its what we were supposed to be all along everywhere. We get to express our ethnicity as an added bonus, not a distraction. For added reference, i grew up in a black neighborhood (the blind side ghetto area of memphis) so i do understand struggling with racism and exploring your roots. You will not find unity in diversity, that root word is divide. You find unity in united.
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