The Saga of the American Indian

Written by: Gary Wonning

Many feel concern for the American Indian and how they were treated by the white men and women when America began to be settled by Europeans.

There were many instances of injustice, not only by the Europeans but the natives as well.

It was a gigantic clash of cultures and I’m not sure it could have been settled peacefully, regardless of how they may have tried. We had two entirely different cultures with two entirely different agendas.

It amounted to a war between a culture that had lived here for thousands of years and had not progressed one iota in that time. The Indians were still living as they had lived for ten thousand years.

I don’t believe God placed anyone on this planet to not progress and try to make life better for those that come after us. We have vast amounts of natural resources, they are to be used for our advancement. God didn’t put them there so they would just lay in waste and not be consumed.

Used, but not abused or wasted, conservation is the key.

People say they were peace loving, some were and some weren’t. There were many Indian wars before the white man came, they were scalping people long before the landing of Christopher Columbus.

People say they conserved the resources, many farmed out the land, killed all the game and moved on to greener pastures. Most would have never joined the Sierra Club or PETA.

Many say we are all immigrants, well, the American Indians are immigrants also, they all came from somewhere else and probably weren’t the first settlers to the western hemisphere. There is much evidence to support this theory.

It would have been nice if the settlers and the natives could have all sat around and sang Kumbaya and lived peacefully, but it didn’t happen.

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In fact, some of the tribes,( Iroquois), did help tremendously in the formation of our country and for that, we own them a debt of gratitude.

The American Indians lost the culture war because they didn’t keep up with and improve their technology. That is an important lesson for us to learn in this day and age, the same could happen to us. Not everyone in this world wants to live peacefully.

The American Indian did have a good spiritual foundation, but so do we Americans, we need to remember that foundation in the days ahead.

To advance in this world, we need to combine our knowledge of the technical world and our spiritual world, and maybe glean some knowledge from our ancient ancestors to make this a better world.

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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,

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