Native American and American Ideas of Land
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Native American and American Ideas of Land
Clashing ideas of these two groups of land and possession clash as the Americans push further out west.
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One Land For All

"We do not own the freshness of the air or the sparkle of the water. How can you buy them from us?" -Sealth

 

This quote shows once more how the idea of one land for all was emphasized. Sealth says that they didn't own the freshness of the air or the sparkle of the water, both of which helped composed their land. If it was never owned in the first place, then it was never something to be sold in the Native American eye. Land in their was never something to be bought and sold, but something just to live upon.

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An Ancient Native American Proverb

"Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." --Ancient Indian Proverb

 

This quote highlights and important thing about the Native's views on land: they had a powerful understanding of the inportance of the earth for future generations. The most important word here would be "borrow". The Natives used the term "borrow" in a sense that the present generations consume the necesities for the their children, and that the earth must be treated well in regards for the future generations. This view is still one that is held presently and has also been held in other cultures around the world during this time.

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Quotes of Native Americans on Land

Quotes of Native Americans on Land | Native American and American Ideas of Land | Scoop.it

"What is this you call property? It cannot be the earth, for the land is our mother, nourishing all her children, beasts, birds, fish and all men. The woods, the streams, everything on it belongs to everybody and is for the use of all. How can one man say it belongs only to him?" -Massasoit

 

One of the most important, and most apparent, ideas of Native Americans is the idea is that land does not "belong" to one. Massasoit as well as every Native Americas believed that the earth was for everyone, and for that, it cannot be something quantifiyed, bought and sold.

 

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Manifest Destiny Visualized

Manifest Destiny Visualized | Native American and American Ideas of Land | Scoop.it

From the American stand point, not only was land  a form of a commodity, but taking the land was a God-given right. The "angel" which symbolized Manifest Destiny sweeping the nation brings a trail of ligth behind her, implying that the land inhabited by Native Americans is darkness, and once they conquer that land, it will be in the light. Americans precieved land as something to overtake to build something new and establish their own power there, even at the expense of one people's way of life.

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Americans and their taking of land.

Americans and their taking of land. | Native American and American Ideas of Land | Scoop.it

The Americans had other ideas land. Iron-willed in the Idea of Manifets Destiny, the settlers saw land as a property and sign of greatness. They wanted to own their land, and wanted to do so regarldess of the presence of Native Americans.

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