The Native Americans were the earliest and only settlers in the North American continents for more than thousands of years. Like their European counterparts, the English colonists justified the taking of their territories was because the natives were not entitled to the land because they lacked a work ethic in which shows that the colonists did not understand the Native Americans system of work and ownership of property. They believed the “Indians seemed to lack everything the English identified as civilized” (Takaki, Pg. 33). Because the settlers were living far away from civilizations, to ensure that they were civilized people, the settlers had negative images of the Native Americans so that they would not be influenced and live like the how the natives do, ensuring that these groups are savages who are uncivilized.
Native Americans did not engage with Americans successfully, because they viewed things from a different perspective. In “Shawnee Chief Tecumseh Recounts the Misdeeds of Whites and Calls for Indian Unity, 1810”, 1Native Americans were shown to have trusted the American people at first, but they then began to think the Americans were hypocritical. This was because they promised to be friendly and told them that if white people try to attack them, as long as Native Americans held up the flags which would be given to them by the White people, they would be safe from all danger. However, an Indian chief named Moluntha stood with the American flag in front of him, and an American officer cut off his head; this American officer was never punished. 1Tecumseh’s account shows that the Americans’ tactic in order to deal with the Americans was saying that everyone should have equal rights in the land and it could be used by anyone.
The aboriginal people were not able to communicate with the Europeans. It was then when a problem occurred because it would be undemanding to take advantage of the aboriginal people. They needed to castoff hand gestures to talk to the Europeans to trade with them; this was difficult because sometimes the Europeans had no idea what the Native Americans were talking about (problem of communication). There are many problems’ that happened with communication between the Europeans and the Native People, many of these things are they could not communicate with them to get to know them better. This was a big problem because they would not be able to learn things from the Europeans that the natives did not know and the newcomers would be able to take an advantage of them.
The Native Americans wanted to help Cortes, believing they were Gods, yet the Spanish didn’t perceive the offerings in the same way. In Cortés’s first letter to King Charles I of Spain, Cortes talks about how the Native Americans had tried to attack the... ... middle of paper ... ...ed that the Spanish weren’t all good; they exerted harsh rules on the Native Americans and were extremely cruel to them. Bartolome de las Casas agreed that the Spanish were being too mean to the Native Americans. He thought of the Native Americans as very weak people that didn’t know any better. He described the treatment they were getting as worse then those of animals, or even “as piles of dung in the middle of the road.” He knew that the Spanish were there only to make a profit off of them and thought that it wasn’t right.
Members of a Pueblo tribe in the American Southwest, on the other hand, might be well acquainted with cultural differences not only among other Pueblos but also in non-Pueblo tribes such as the Navajo and Apache. Ethnocentrism became prominent among many Europeans after the discovery of the Americas, the islands of the Pacific, and the Far East. Even anthropologists might characterize all preliterate peoples as being without religion (as did Sir John Lubbock) or as having a "prelogical mentality" (as did Lucien Lévy-Bruhl) merely because their ways of thinking did not correspond with those of the culture of western Europe. Thus, inhabitants of non-Western cultures, particularly those lacking the art of writing, were widely described as being immoral, illogical, queer, or just perverse ("Ye Beastly Devices of ye Heathen"). Cultural Relativism Increased knowledge led to or facilitated a deeper understanding and, with it, a finer appreciation of cultures quite different from one's own.
Native people who occupied what is now “North America” had different political practices and it was the so called primitive government. The thought that they had a non political organization made the Europeans misunderstand the social structure of the natives. They thought that there is a lack of leadership and inhabitants were at a state of anarchy and underdevelopment. This misapprehension was a result of the political authority measurements Europeans considered; natives did not have any while westerners had too much. When first arrived to south Central America, newcomers were staggered with the society they came upon; this society is so different than the western legitimization of authority.
This belittlement of Indians caused great problems for the English later on, for the natives did not care about what the Crown granted the colonists for it was not theirs’ to grant in the first place. The theory of European superiority over the Native Americans caused for any differences in the way the cultures interacted, as well as amazing social unrest between the two cultures. Works Cited Cronon, William. Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England. New York: Hill and Wang, 1983.
For the most part, humans like the idea of being equal to everyone else. So why do we discriminate against people of different ethnic backgrounds? Racial discrimination is still a big part in today's society. This problem has many causes, and many things that perpetuate it. Though progress is being made in many ways, there are also many ways were racism is getting worse.
These Indians were less technologically advanced than the Europeans. They also worshipped different and multiple gods and ate different foods. Europeans saw this as barbaric, so they treated them as barbarians. In the beginning Native Americans hadn't the faintest idea of what the Europeans had in mind when they said trade. They figured that when the White Man came and showed all that hospitality they meant it.
Stereotype has always been a major situation among racial society, since the 1960’s all the way till today. Stereotype has been used as a separation among other racial ethnicities. Racial stereotyping has actually made humans believe how other’s actions are really supposed to be, and how they should be treated. However, some people from the racial stereotyping societies had disapproved this discrimination and had fought for their rights; because they believed that all humans are equal and must converge together as a unity of equality. Every person has his or her own different mind perspective on stereotyping; that can lead him or her to major consequences or moral lessons.