I have a lot of respect for Native Americans — people who populated this land before the first European Caucasian set foot on these shores.
History rarely mentions it, but countless thousands of those Indians were killed by illness and carried in the boats of those early traders. However before that, the American Indian had a thriving culture, in tune with nature and appreciative of the beauty around them.
Of all the cultures mentioned as “primitive” by supposedly civilized society, this is the culture we all know the most about. However at a similar time, we all know little about them. Sadly, history and Hollywood has not treated the Native Americans fairly, portraying them as a barbaric culture, largely responsible for attacking white settlers and committing atrocities on them.
There are most likely countless things regarding survival that we can learn from the American Indians. Here are several:
Nature Has Everything You Need
The Indians had to get everything they needed from nature, and they did. Whether it absolutely was flint to begin a fire or animal skins to make clothes, they found everything they needed in the world around them. Few people would be ready to survive if we were just dumped in the wilderness with nothing. except for the Indians, that was simply lifestyle.
It is necessary to note here that the Indians were happy with what nature provided. While several Indian cultures used gold and silver, they weren’t seeking to amass wealth to themselves. They were happy with the lives they had, and not wanting anything more.
Fathers, Teach Your Children
Survival was an all-encompassing task for the Indian. One of a father’s responsibilities was to show his sons how to survive. There wasn’t a college to which they could send their children; they’d to show them on their own. If a father was negligent in teaching his son, the son would most likely die.
The number of skills the average American Indian needed to learn was actually rather extensive. Since they’d no trade centers as we know the term, they had to create everything they needed. An Indian who needed a canoe had to know how to build it himself. Same for his bow, his arrows and his knife.
If you and i don’t teach our kids the survival skills we are learning, we are preparing them for failure. You won’t be there forever to protect them. At some point in time, they will need to make it on their own. that will be the test of whether you’ve trained them well or not.
Live in Harmony with Nature
If there were ever people who lived in harmony with their surroundings, it was the American Indian. They took what they needed from nature, however did so while not destroying nature. They learned the sounds and movements of the animals and could read their signs. More than anything, they studied everything around them.
There were always tribes which were friendly to the white man. We all know the Indians educated the Pilgrims how to plant and cultivate. Had it not been for the information of the Indians, and their understanding of nature, the us would have died aborning. Their information of nature was …