Native Americans Also Invaded The New World.

by Daniel Russ on April 8, 2018

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Belly Bears, Arikara Chief

History is so fascinating to me because it does repeat itself. And it reveals hypocrisy, extraneous worry, and prejudice. What history really reveals is our blindness to the truth, and our predilection for bundling the events of the past into an ideological framework. Beginning in the last three quarters of the second millennium, a slow surge in migration brought newcomers into the new world. Paleontology tells us that Neolithic people crossed the Bering Strait into North America and that probably was true.

 

Montana’s Blackfoot oral tradition holds that they lived on the other side of the ocean, but their creator decided to take them to a better place. “So he brought them over the ice to the far north,” one tribal elder explained.

The Hopi Indians say their ancestors had to travel through three worlds, finally crossing the ocean eastward to a new and final new world.

In the late second Millennium, most of the Native Americans were living in Northwest Canada and in California. So a slow but steady migration of entire tribes of people slowly picked up stakes and headed south. They began to occupy the Great Plains and saw it as an unlimited supply of beauty and wealth.

Large groups like the Shoshone moved into the Black Hills and further east into Minnesota.

The world changing event for all Indians in North America was the great Pueblo uprising. There, Spanish occupiers were suddenly overthrown and driven off by the locals. The Pueblos had little use for horses, and so let them all go. These thousands of horses became the genetic core of the Mustang herds in the US Southwest. Within 100 years, many major tribes of Indians adopted horses and grew in warrior horse cultures: Cheyenne, Sious, Arapaho, Kiowa and Comanche Indians all became adept at breeding and riding horses. Soon tribes, also armed with newly acquitted rifles and their millennium old bows and arrows attacked enemies from horseback and hold territory with relatively few people.

The Navaho and the Apaches both shared a common language root and when they migrated to the Great Plains, they both settles in the Southwest, in what is now Texas and New Mexico. There were probably about 5000 Navaho and 6000 Apaches. When the Spanish Conquistadores appeared in 1590, Apaches were the first to see the horses and they took to them immediately.

By 1890, Indians were breeding and curating horse stocks and riding with great competence. The horse allowed the Comanche for 150 years to dominate an empire sized territory inside the United States.

When you look at it, it seems that Native Americans invaded the New World and occupied it. Perhaps the Paleolithic people who once built mounds here and the massive Aztec cities that evanesced were all long gone. Perhaps the native Americans who came here were lucky not to have uncovered indigenous people and war with them. They warred with each other. In fact Apaches were known to war with everyone. So a war like people, armed with guns and horses raised hell in the American west. And it wasn’t just white people from across the ocean.

The Native Americans had a few centuries to enjoy the country. Then came the Europeans.

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