The Native American And Native Americans

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From as far as we know Indians themselves were the first ones to cultivate land, being given the name “Native Americans”. As a whole; the Native Americans can be traced back through the Hopi, Zuni, Iroquois, Algonquian, Natchez, and Mohawks. Indians grew up with the belief that land was a sacred gift given to them by their ancestors. Finding and learning new ways to grow crops was a valuable teaching. Passing down teachings, beliefs, and leadership roles Indians maintained to live peacefully off of what was already placed in front of them. Until Colonization came into hand with land; land began to play an important role for housing, tobacco, rice, and battle ground. Leaders like Columbus used force rather than kind acts to convert Indians to Christianity. This eventually led land to becoming the number one priority; facing constant wars between Indians, colonists, and neighboring villages resulting in nothing but more wars to come in the future. Excluding the men that were not focused on land, but equal rights. Roger Williams voiced his opinion about how human beings can live together in peace and harmony by practicing their beliefs and traditions. With the Anasazi and Mississippians starting off in the four corners of earth (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado) they “managed to engage in far reaching networks of trade and communication”. In 1200 B.C, the Mississippian tribes became known for building mounds which was for ceremonial plazas and a burial for chiefs and priest. Building sites like Cahokia (the largest Mississippian site) which consisted of 120 mounds played a role in this. In order for the people in the tribe to maintain order; chiefdom was introduced (the highest person in authority, position, or rank who obtai... ... middle of paper ... ...Changing the way of their lifestyles and teachings some Indians became persuaded to practice the Christian faith. Being banished from Massachusetts for his beliefs, Roger Williams spoke up for the Indians land, religion, and the individuals themselves. He believed and stressed the fact that people should practice what they want and not my force. To Williams religion was an act of freedom and not choice. Indians believed that land was given to them from their ancestors so that they may live upon it and take care of it. They managed to practice their beliefs and traditions peacefully until colonization came into existence. Bringing up leaders with the mindset of colonizing any land they could, resulting in constant tension between leaders, colonists, and neighboring villages. Things like Tobacco, Weapons, and Indians were some of the items linked with constant wars.
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