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The Relationship Between Oklahomans And Native Americans

4507 words - 18 pages

The Relationship Between Oklahomans and Native Americans

I. Introduction

When the name Oklahoma is mentioned, there are certain things that come to the minds of many people and one of those things are Native Americans. Native Americans and Oklahoma share a special bond that neither one of them ever thought would come into fruition. This special bond between Native Americans and Oklahoma is something that started with great hesitance but has blossomed into something great. During this paper, the evolution of this relationship between Native Americans and Oklahoma will be discussed. Oklahomans and Native Americans share a mutual respect relationship that has blossomed very much so.

II.) Introduction to Native Americans

Way before there was ever a state of Oklahoma or even an America there were American Indians all throughout North America. The term “Paleo-Indians” is generally used to refer to early Native Americans up through the end of the Ice Age (c.8000 BC). Most authorities believe these “Paleo-Indians” entered North America from Siberia as small bands of migratory big-game hunters. Such a journey could have been made by means of a land bridge, known as Beringia, which emerged several times during the Pleistocene. Native Americans or the American Indians were free to roam wherever they pleased before America became a nation. This time was the best time for the Native Americans they were free to do whatever they wanted whenever they wanted. The Native Americans each had their own property/territory that other Native Americans knew about and would not come into. This was a mutual respect thing. However, there were plenty of instances where Native Americans prior to the white man coming to America had difficulties with each other. These difficulties can be attributed to the fact that they were very territorial and very protective. The white man would soon take the territory that these Native Americans were so proud about and fought each other for with great respect from them. All Native Americans were very different and not the same, however, when it came to their relationship with the “white man” all the Native Americans were treated the same.
III.) Arrival of the White Man

When the “white man” first arrived on this country that had previously just been occupied by Native Americans the “white man” was very friendly to the Native American. Native Americans seemed to regard their lighter-complexioned visitors as something of a marvel, not only for their dress, beards, and winged ships but even more for their technology-steel knives and swords, fire-belching arquebus (a portable firearm of the 15th and 16th centuries) and cannon, mirrors, hawk bells and earrings, copper and brass kettles, and other items unusual to the way of life of Native Americans. Before the arrival of the Europeans, there was an estimated total of eleven million Native Americans in North America. So the Native Americans outnumbered the “white man”...

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