Thursday, December 10, 2009

Honoring our Native American's

In early November, Joni : http://www.jstinson.etsy.com, wrote that President Obama had declared November as National Native American Month. See Joni's blog: I just received a proclamation from President Obama declaring November, 2009 National Native American Month and November 27, 2009 National Native American Day. You can read the proclamation on my blog:
http://jstinson-trailoftreasures.blogspot.com/2009/11/obama-declares-national-native-american.html

I have long written about the plight of the Native Americans and the true history of our country. We have all been indoctrinated throughout the years in our history texts and literature about how the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, MA, in 1620, and were surprised to find that this land called Amerika was already inhabited by hundreds of different American Indian tribes. We all know quite well that peaceful setting of the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and Indians sharing whatever crops they managed to grow, and learning the various cultures of each group. Unfortunately, that scenario as we know it was very far from the truth. The Pilgrims landed in an unknown territory ready to take over, only to find no food or shelter; while continuing to be observed by the curious inhabitants that had already settled in Plymouth and the many surrounding areas around what we know refer to as "Cape Cod". The Pilgrims through much treachery, not only stole the hidden crops the Indians had stored away for the Springtime planting, but began a plot to cast each tribe against the other with the hope that each Native American tribe with total untrust of the other would follow through on their plan causing the first of many massacres that occured. It was during these terrible massacres that the Pilgrims would step in and acquire the lands of each tribe as they would retreat from the own settlements. This so-called peaceful "First Thanksgiving" would lead to 50 years of treacherous villainy and war, and the loss of 1,000's of lives, to begin what we come to define today as American. This is only a brief scenario of the many years of war that the Native Americans had to endure losing not only their land and families, but dignity as well. It is wonderful to see that American's are now taking responsibility for their actions, and are beginning to recognize who are true founders of America are. I for one am proud to be one of the Americans of today who feels that this honor although well deserved, is well overdo.

I am very grateful then to have one of my pieces from my shop: http://www.MagdaleneKnits.etsy.com, recognized as a tribute to this very worthy honor thanks to "CloudBurst" http://www.CloudBurst.etsy.com - my black scarf which was recognized in this promotion : http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=35311039. I invited all of you to view Joni's Promotional thread about this great tribute to her own Cherokee heritage: http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6335843&page=1In early November, Joni : http://www.jstinson.etsy.com, wrote that President Obama had declared November as National Native American Month. See Joni's blog: I just received a proclamation from President Obama declaring November, 2009 National Native American Month and November 27, 2009 National Native American Day. You can read the proclamation on my blog:
http://jstinson-trailoftreasures.blogspot.com/2009/11/obama-declares-national-native-american.html


5 comments:

jstinson said...

I got a goggle alert about this blog in my e-mail this a.m. Thank you so much for your support of Native American and Native American Inspired Art.

Christie Cottage said...

Cool! And there is a settlement offer pending this month.

Splendid Little Stars said...

excellent, Pam!
There are many untruths we were taught about the history of the US, either by intent or by omission. some examples--the contributions of African Americans and women

Liz.Blog said...

You may want to read some of the thought provoking quotes from Tlingit Artist on my blog post

BeadedTail said...

Wonderful post Pam! I'm proud to be part Native American and I appreciate what is being done to acknowledge the true history of our country!