Sunday, June 27, 2010

Through Warrior Eyes

"Those people treated me with extraordinary friendship. One man attached himself to me as soon as I entered the hut, spread down new mats for me to sit on, gave me fish, berries, roots, etc. All the men of the other houses came and smoked with me. In the evening an old woman presented in a bowl made of light-colored horn, a kind of syrup made of made of dried berries which the natives call shele-well. They gave me a kind of soup made of bread of the shele-well berries mixed with roots, which they present in neat trenchers made of wood."

~ said of the Clatsop Indians by William Clark, December 9th, 1805

"I gave Sergeant Pryor his instructions and a letter to Mr. Haney... with a view to engage Mr. Haney to prevail on some of the best-informed and most influential chiefs of the different bands of Sioux to accompany us to the seat of our government, with a view to let them see our population and resources, which I believe is the surest guarantee of savage fidelity to any nation -- that of a government possessing the power of punishing promptly every aggression."

~ William Clark, July 23rd, 1806

Mass grave of dead Lakota after Wounded Knee Massacre, 1890

Before there was ever an "America," this was a land of many nations. Having nearly destroyed them all, it is only a matter of time before the scales of justice are balanced. When a government is built on crushing peoples' souls, its own fate will follow accordingly.

As well it should.

"Time evolves and comes to a place where it renews again. There is first a purification time and then there's renewal time. We are getting very close to this time now. We were told that we would see America come and go. In a sense, America is dying -- from within, because we forgot the instructions of how to live on Earth."

~ Floyd Red Crow Westerman