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Native Americans are portrayed in these postcards as uncivil

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Hunter Koon

on 13 December 2013

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Transcript of Native Americans are portrayed in these postcards as uncivil

"The Indians of the Americas considered hot springs as a sacred place where the "Great Spirit" lived, and thus were great believers in the miraculous healing powers of the heat and mineral waters."
"The major impetus for total removal came in 1830 when Congress, at the urging of President Jackson, passed the Indian Removal Act, which authorized the President to negotiate cessions of Indian land in the east and transportation of native peoples west of the Mississippi."
Native Americans are portrayed in these postcards as uncivilized and are misrepresented with overtones of savage imagery. As a result, they have been forced to leave their land and cultural roots behind.
“ Savages we call them, because their Manners differ from ours, which we think the Perfection of Civility. They think the same of theirs.”

Historical evidence indicates that many Indian tribes had attained impressive levels of agricultural, cultural, and/or technological sophistication prior to the "discovery" of the "New World" by Europeans. Indeed, when European settlers arrived, between 500-600 separate tribal societies existed in North America, most of which were highly civilized in terms of their political, economic, social, and spiritual development.

The dream catcher can be considered as symbol of their culture and identification. The dream catcher connected all the tribes through a universal symbol.
The postcard also portrays American’s or Caucasians as those with power in deciding what is socially acceptable when in fact the “federal government forcibly relocated some of these native Americans,” specifically the Cupeños were relocated to “preserve portions of their culture”- not all but some (3).
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