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Our Hearts Fell to the Ground Indian culture is viewed as a timeless past because the most recent past caused by the white man was so destructive and horrific If the immediate past were held in as much regard as the timeless past people would not be so inclined to hold such pride for our wonderful nation The Indians are viewed in a very generic way All Indians are viewed the same Depicted with painted faces feathers bows and arrows and red skin All Indians are regarded as hunters and gatherers Some see the Indians as peaceful people and others see them as war-like In both cases they are wild living among the forests in the so-called Edenic paradise In some way all of these generalizations are correct The reality is that only certain tribes acted in certain ways at certain times Most if not all of the Indian tribes were very civilized people They were very spiritual and had great pride and respect for each other Like the Europeans there was a certain way of fighting in a battle It was set up like a stage An example is when the Sioux and the Hidasta were going to go to battle Warriors fought for prestige or revenge and waged ritualized battles in which counting coup carried more honor than inflicting casualties 71 The Sioux and the Hidastas were fighting over a contest of war medicines to see whose was stronger Much time was spent putting on the war paint and moving teepees towards the battle sight so that the women and children could watch Each one tries to show the power over the other while no fighting has yet occurred The women and the young men put on chants and yell out the calls of war Once everything is in place then the fighting can begin The fight is not about death but two men die The Hidastas won the battle
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