I found this rather sad picture on Coffee's great blog. Case you missed it I thought I'd share it with you. It was taken in 1917 and shows an Indian Chief praying to his God accompanied only by the horned skull of an animal. Can you imagine the pain in his heart?
The Great Spirit it seems was of little help to His people once the avaricious white man came with his guns. Those few American indians who were left from the many once great Indian tribes (like the Sioux, the Cheyenne, the Blackfeet and the Apaches, etc), lived with poverty and disease on miserable reservations. Their happy hunting grounds were long gone along with most of the buffalo. A whole, proud people were largely eradicated (genocide). Ironically, hapless slaves were brought from Africa to provide cheap labour for the plantations. Perhaps the Indians were lucky!
America, like Australia, has a history that, in some areas, is nothing to be proud of. But the desire, using force, to take from other people their land and resources (imperialism) is still a potent force in the world.
Imperialism now hides under the guise of 'fighting terror' and 'spreading democracy'! The more things change, the more...