Why Is The Native American Perspective Left Out of American History?
Here I will explain to you two major reasons that will help understand why the Native American perspective is left out of American history.
Especially, we have been noticing that their history is mostly ignored or not taught in schools.
So, the two major reasons are:
- Immigrants from the European continent did so many unjust to the Natives. Probably, the European origin people feel shame what their forefathers did in the past.
- Due to lack of numbers, Natives’ perspective gets less importance. More than 8 million people were killed by colonizers.
Okay, now let’s discuss and try to understand each one of the above clearly.
Immigrants From The European Continent Did So Many Unjust To The Natives
We all know that the people who dominate the continent of America today were originally Europeans.
They started migrating here from the very end of the 15th century.
Far before, around many thousands of years of these people’s immigration, American was a landmass of some Mongolian origin tribes.
We know them today as the Natives or Red Indians.
But when Europeans started migrating to the new world, they started doing so many injustices to these native people.
Such examples were:
- Capturing natives to sell in Europe for slavery.
- If they resist, Europeans even caused mass massacres.
- Capturing little girls and women for sexual slavery.
- And more tyrannies that can’t be ended describing here.
The first person, who discovered the continent, was Christopher Columbus. But do you know what Columbus was the worst guy.
Just a few examples of Columbus’ tyrannies:
- Columbus cut off the tongue of a native man because of stealing some sugar.
- Columbus ordered his men to throw many natives on the Atlantic Ocean, which he brought to Europe for selling.
- He ordered natives to collect gold and pearl for him. If they resisted, he ordered to kill them.
- He caught many women and handed them to his men for rape.
The European Americans are probably ashamed to put all these atrocities in front of their new generation and world.
Probably, therefore they mostly try to ignore it in their history or not teach in schools.
By the way, what do you think about it?
Due To Lack of Numbers, Natives’ Perspective Gets Less Importance
Today, in the 21st century, the relationship between Natives and European American people improved quite a lot.
But still, the way they should give importance to the natives is not yet possible. Its main reason is their lack of numbers.
Different studies show that more than eight million indigenous people died in Genocides caused by European colonizers.
Due to this reason, their population decreased significantly, and still, it remains a drawback of their strong participation in American politics, culture, education, and various other sides.
In the United States, natives current population is only five million.
With only five million population these people are unable to protect their rights on their own in most of the fields.
On the other hand, why European origins will pay attention to these histories themselves for their own infamy?
This makes no sense!
This is also one of the reasons behind natives’ history being disregarded.