Desmond Johnson Professor Williams
14 December 2010
The Roots of America’s Heritage: The Indians?
The Indians were here before the name American even existed. In Luther Standing Bear’s essay “what the Indian means to America”, he informed us of how great the American Indian is. While many scholars would debate on the true heritage of America’s beginning, The Indian would not join this argument because they alone know the real story of this country we call home. Within this essay the Indians are a breed of people that do not lie down easily. Many would strongly agree with Luther Standing Bear’s definition that the Indian is a true American. The Indians are the roots under America soil because of their strong connection with nature, their spiritual toughness, and their musical influence. First and foremost, before the colonist arrived the Indians had the strongest connection to this land; they understood and had an intense love for nature and respect for the life that the earth produced. Throughout Standing Bear’s essay, it’s clear that to him the white man will never obtain the same attachment to the earth as the American Indian. “He is the man who through centuries has been molded and sculpted by the same hand that shaped its mountains, forest, and plains...” This quote shows that the Indians are the original Americans. The Indians will always remain of the land because that’s were their soul lies. They have talked to Mother Nature since the moon was bright white and the sun was burnt orange. Besides the connection to Nature, Indians have a strong spiritual toughness bestrode at birth and the white man was blind to that fact. “The Indian loved to worship. From birth to death he revered his surroundings.” This statement tells that these people were taught from birth to protect their home and maintain the balance of nature. The Indians were fierce because of...
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