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To some Americans the childhood rhyme in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue summarizes the depths of their knowledge of Americas discovery and foundation While many people both today and in the 19th century acknowledged that a group of people called the Native Americans not Columbus and his men were the first ones to set foot on American soil the Native Americans throughout history have been treated with little respect and tolerance by different groups of people including the American government For years different Native American nations lived peacefully in various regions of western America although in the late 1800s as settlers moved west in search of new land and wealth the Native Americans territory and lives were forever disrupted While ethnocentrism and cultural misunderstanding rather than greed was the key driving force behind the Native American policy in the late 1800s the American settlers also acted barbarically towards the Native Americans for the sole purpose of establishing and fostering their personal wealth and success Americas hostility and insincerity towards the Native American groups can be explained by Americas general sense of cultural misunderstanding and close-mindedness During the 1800s the Native Americans spiritually based and liberated lifestyle bewildered and frightened the conservative American colonists who thought this way of life to be savage and unconventional The Ghost Dance a native ritual of the Sioux Native American Indians is a prime example of the Native Americans thick culture according to Wovoka a well known prophet this dance would help to bring the Sioux away from their reservation and back to their home in the Plains Wovoka once stressed the believed importance of the dance by the inspiring quote all Indians must dance everywhere keep on dancing Brown 390 Even though this ritual was quite peaceful military officials grew anxious and wary of its sudden popularity As a result of the militarys misunderstanding of the Ghost Dance Chief Sitting Bull was blamed for causing chaos
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