“Who Were the Savages?” by Dr. Harry GillelandThe old warrior chief sits atop his magnificent stallion on a high hill overlooking the green valley below through which a wagon train of many Conestoga wagons is snaking its way slowly. Anger fills his body, giving way to dread and consuming despair. Like a plague upon the land, spreading their contempt for both Nature and the Red Man, in more and more increasing number come the White Man with his hatred, his lies, and his superior guns. Once the buffalo herds roamed in great number, flowing across the land, providing his Native Peoples with plentiful food and hides. The buffalo were like the stars high in the nighttime sky, but then came the White Man to slaughter the buffalo for hides and for sport, shamefully Leaving the meat to rot in the sun. Now Indian children hunger and die. The White Man considers Indian ancestral Lands to be his for the taking . The Native Peoples tried to make peace with these invaders, but the White Man has broken treaty after treaty. They murder Indian women, Indian children for fun and bounty. They consider Indians an inferior race of men, even though Indians have lived for centuries in complete harmony with the Land. The White Man doesn’t see the soul of Nature that resides in everything they are destroying. The old warrior knows his tribe soon once again must fight gallantly to attempt to preserve their heritage. But he also knows deep in his heart that they cannot stop the humiliation of his people and the destruction of their way of Life. He understands Loss of their lands and confinement to a reservation at the mercy of the White Man will be their pitiful fate, he also understands his proud people will fight as Long as they are able against the passage of their culture. As he turns his horse to ride away, his heart breaking with sorrow, he’s spotted by the wagon train. He hears them shout as they point, “Up there. It’s one of those savages.” The old warrior gallops away peacefully as shots ring out from the White Man. All too soon the shameful decimation of the Indian Nations was complete.
To read more about this shameful chapter in American history, read Conscience: Breaching Social Amnesia by vehoae.