Thursday, October 13, 2016
I call it achievement.
No wheel. No metallurgy. No mining. No advancement in weaponry. No science. Witch doctoring v actual & proven medical knowledge & treatment. IIRC, the only tribe(s) that created an organized governmental association were the Iroquois (but I may be wrong on that one.)
The cruelest thing that we "oppressive" white people did to the Indians was to segregate them on reservations, thus relegating them to their own tribal resources and depriving them for a long time of the benefits flowing from "white privilege."
So far as I'm aware and notwithstanding fairly recent tribal reliance on extraction industries and gaming, the Cherokee are the only tribe to undertake real diversified business strategies (a/k/a "achievement").
Absent the incursions by Columbus et al., Indians could be still living a subsistence lifestyle. They should celebrate Columbus Day!