Word Smith: Indian Summer, American Style
It is impossible to be politically correct, respectful and honest all of the time. No matter what you say today, it seems, someone will hate you or be thoroughly offended by what you say. No one is satisfied with partial answers. However, partial answers, if meant to reveal deeper truths, are better than lies.
Below are some pictures of great and small Native American Indians. Their ancestors were living in what is now called American long before any of the pale-faced Caucasians arrived on the continent.
The pictures below are not posted as social commentary, but rather for thoughtful reflection and introspection …
“Pictures are worth a thousand words … ”
Question: Is that Indian with a Dot or a Feather?
More Expressions with American Indian Focus
The professor, Robin Wall Kimmerer, is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi. On the notion of Indian Giving she explains: “the expression … derives from a fascinating cross-cultural misinterpretation between an Indigenous culture operating in a gift economy and a colonial culture predicated on the concept of private property. When gifts were given to the settlers by the Native inhabitants, the recipients understood that they were valuable and were intended to be retained. Giving them away would have been an affront. But the Indigenous people understood the value of the gift to be based on reciprocity and would be affronted if the gifts did not circulate back to them. Many of our ancient teachings counsel that whatever we have been given is supposed to be given away again.