53 "Defending One's Home"

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Defending One’s Home

I am sitting here on a dead log from a fallen tree and looking out across a valley at one of the beautiful scenes I have ever witnessed. Not even in magazines have I ever seen anything this amazing. To my left I can see a rumbling waterfall coming out of the mountains. At the base of the waterfall is a small lake surrounded by an array of wild flowers showing almost every color you could imagine. Behind the flowers grow the tallest, greenest pine trees I have ever seen. Down the center of the valley runs a river with a strong flow. From where I am sitting I can actually see trout feeding. Off to my right I can see the end of the valley and it opens to one of the richest pastures I have ever seen. I can see cattle grazing on that green grass.

As I look out across the vast beauty of this “Heaven on Earth”, off to my right I see movement. The movement seems to have appeared out of nowhere, but I do believe it came from the mouth of the valley. As I watch, I can make out the shapes of horses with riders. I watch as they cross the valley floor from the open mouth to the end with the waterfall. As they near the section where I am sitting, even though they are on the other side of the valley, I can see that they are Indians on the horses. I can count a total 11 Indians and 14 horses, 3 of which are pack horses. I watch them as they travel all the way along the valley floor. When they got to the waterfall they seemed to disappear into thin air, almost as if they were ghosts.

This didn’t really surprise me because you don’t see very many Indians in this area any longer. The ones that are still in these mountains don’t associate with the local people. They stay to themselves in their own world somewhere in the mountains. They don’t deal with the “White Man” any more than they have to.

As I was watching these 11 travel across the valley in front of my eyes, almost as though I was in a time warp, it made me think about the way it was back 200 years or so ago, back when the Indians had the free range and the only thing they had to worry about were other Indians and wild animals. What a life that must have been.

Off on another track for a couple of paragraphs. There are the animals that I think of that get basically the same treatment the Indians got back in those days. I always think about animals that live in the wild and have their own way of living, animals such as mountain lions, wolves, coyotes and all other animals that live in the wild. They live their lives the only way they are used to living, by their law, “The Law of the Wild”. They hunt when, where and what they need. Unlike man, who hunt what they want as long as they aren’t being threatened.

Then “man” moves into their territory and all of a sudden they are “dangerous” animals that attack people and their pets. When all they are doing is living on their land, in their territory the way they have for their entire existence and these two legged animals come along and start killing them because they kill for food and their home.

This line of thought can be used in the same way when looking back at the Indians and the way they were treated. They were living on “their” land, hunting and surviving the way they were accustomed to from their beginning. Then along came the “white man” and starts forcing them from “their” land. The Indians reacted the same way anyone would when their livelyhood is being threatened. They react in the same way animals would and do. Just the same way we Americans would react if someone came here and tried to take our homeland away from us. This was land that actually belonged to the Indians before we came along.

Sure, there were men that tried to negotiate and handle things in a peaceful manner on both sides. But then there were men that felt killing was the way to handle business on both sides. “White men were actually the savages and the Indians just reacted the best way they knew how, savagely.

Back when I was in school, in the 50’s and 60’s, we were taught how great the white man was and how they killed the Indians to protect the white settlers. This was true to a point, but it was after Indians were killed, a lot of them for no reason.

Now that I am older I find that the way white man killed the Indians, in too many cases, was to slaughter them. When I hear this I look back at “why” the Indians reacted the way they did. It is called “self preservation”. White man called it savage and murderous the way the Indians would attack the whites.

When I think about what happened to the Indians, I put myself in their position, but in today’s world. If someone came here and tried to take our country, I would react the same way the Indians did.

I was born in this country as a Free American. I have lived my whole life as a Free American. I plan on dying in this country as a Free American. Whether it be of old age or actually die fighting for the freedoms that this country stands for and was founded on. So many Americans have died defending those freedoms. There are so many people ready to give up on those freedoms saying the “government” is taking them away, when in reality, the people are just giving them up.

Greg


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Sueswan 5 years ago

I too can understand how the Indians felt.

As Elvis Presley sang

"Walk a mile in my shoes

Before you criticize and abuse

Walk a mile in my shoes"

Voted up and awesome


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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Sue, Thank you for the speedy visit, the vote and the feedback. I was actually trying to cover 3 areas on this hub but ended up letting out more of my feelings for the Indians. But I feel bad for animals too and we need to stand strong so noone else ever comes in and does to us what we did to the Indians. Again, thank you Sue. Greg


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

A powerful hub Greg. You have a wonderful heart. I too can understand how they felt and they faught back the only way they knew how.

Up and awesome from me too.


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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Rosemay, Thank you. I watched a documentary about Ge. Custer and other stories I have seen and you would think I was an Indian the way it makes me feel. Thank you for the visit and comment. Greg


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maridax 5 years ago from North Central Arkansas,USA

Absolutely beautiful! As a student of history I can tell you that history is definately written by the winners. So much of what we were taught in school was simply wrong and a one-sided look at the truth. There are always two sides and the public until just recently was only privey to the "white American" side not the Native American side. Again, great Hub.


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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Maridax, Thank you for the visit and comment. Yes, and it is time all Americans start facing the both sides of the past and especially the present. Greg


Ghost32 5 years ago

Excellent work, Greg.

I'm personally as white as they come--in this lifetime--but have many deep connections with Native Americans, dating back to my fullblood Mandan step-grandmother and forward to my quarter-Choctaw wife.

George Armstrong Custer wasn't actually the worst of the Army types (Chivington, Sheridan, and Baker all come immediately to mind), but for whatever reason, his is the name that raises my neck hairs and curls my lip in a fighting snarl.

Sort of like Obama today.

Voted up and everything but funny.


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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Ghost, Thank you for the visit and the comment and the votes. It just seems that I have learned a lot more about Custer lately or for some reason I just pay more attention because of everything going on today. Thank you. Greg


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

So sad how the Indians were slaughtered in the early days. We have a situation here in the Sierras where the native black bears are being hunted by so called sportsmen. even though thousands are signing petitions against it, it still is being allowed. Criminal in my opinion> Good hub.


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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Gypsy, Thank you for the visit and the comment. It IS a crime when they kill animals for sport, at least it is in my opinion. What really bothers me is when people move into an area that had always been a wilderness and then complain and kill animals because they;re scared of them. I feel they can just move back to the city with the real "animals". Thank you again. Greg


writer20 5 years ago

This great a wonderful story to read. Are there still Indians around your house? I love their pottery.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

So very true. I've quite often felt sorry for the Indians. There they were a free and proud people and along came the white man and started moving in on their territory. That would make anyone mad and in history their surprised that the Indians attacked the white people. Who was really at fault?


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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Gypsy, Thank you, Really, who was at fault? And if there had not been greedy people they probably could have all lived together. The real problem is, both sides were very ignorant of each other. I'm sure the Indians were afraid the white man was going to take everything away, which they did and the white man was afraid of the"savages". Fear. Again, thank you. Greg


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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

As a child when my sisters, my cousins and I would play cowboys and Indians, I was always an Indian. I always enjoyed reading Native American history and have always felt bad about how they were treated. Even as a young child I knew they were treated unfairly.

As for the animals - I believe the only reason one should kill animals is if you NEED to for food. I think it is sad that people move into an area that houses many different species of animals and then expect the animals not to be animals.

Great writing, as usual!


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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Teach, Thank you for the visit and comment. I like the way you feel. And thank you for the compliment. Greg


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Your style of writing is excellent. When I read, I can visually see what you are writing about. Excellent.


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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Vellur, Thank you for the follow, visit, comment and kind words. Greg


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somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

I lived in Colorado for eighteen years and long to return, I feel as close to the Prime Creator as I ever have felt when I'm alone in the Rockies, mostly Arapaho country (Grand County).

That Hub made me home sick, very good!


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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Blue, Thank you for the visit and comment. I hope I painted a nice picture for you. I will be spending Christmas in Durango. First Christmas in Colorado in over 35 years. Greg


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Brett Winn 4 years ago from US

Amen, brother! I enjoyed your hub and totally agree with your last sentence!


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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Brett, Thank you for the visit and comment and agreement. Greg


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

You are preaching to the choir, brother. Here in Florida, we have a whole different landscape that is too wonderful to believe. People move into a little section that has been cleared, and demand that we should "do something" about the gator that ate their poodle. The Native Americans that are here now are mainly descendants of refuges who vanished into this "howling wilderness" for self preservation from the advancing Americans. They are proud that they never surrendered. I want to make friends with them. It seems like a good idea to learn traditional survival. It might not be long before food can't be found on shelves.

I would love to give those trout a go.


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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Chip, Thank you for the follow, visit. comment and e-mail. I am working on a hub about a ritual that the Navajo still practice. It should be done this week. Greg


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

Glad to meet you. I know the Navajo. I believe the first thing we need to do to get our country back on track is to replant the peach trees that Kit Carson burned down to rub defeat in their faces. I am glad he was not a friend of mine!


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SubRon7 4 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Good job, Gregas, you are truly a man after my own heart, and thank you for the follow. Referring to WD Curry's comment, right above mine, that Kit Carson must have been a real B******!


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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Chip, I haven't been able to find out anything about Kit Carson burning peach trees for any reason, but I do know that he did a lot to help the Indians at that time. When he was in the military he did what he was told to do, just like anyone in the military today. Unlike Custer who did as he damn well pleased. I have added this site in case you are interested. http://www.legendsofamerica.com/nm-kitcarson.html

Greg


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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Ron, Thank you for the follow, visit and comment. If you are interested you might want to check out the site I have refered to WD. http://www.legendsofamerica.com/nm-kitcarson.html It may be of interest to you. Greg


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

Thanks for the link, That's cool. I was wondering if HubPages was worth the time. It is.

Kit Carson was commissioned into the Army to betray his friends. He could have turned down the job, but he was wowed by the fat cats in D.C. (and their opulent lifestyle). He felt sorely inadequate, and bowed to the "greater mind".


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

I lived in Arizona for awhile as a kid and heard the story in elementary school history. I ran out of edit time testing the link, you'll see why when you go there, but this guy is a recognized authority.

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/PrintStory/The-de...


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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Chip, Thank you for that link. That was interesting and informative. Greg


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mljdgulley354 4 years ago

It would do our children and grandchildren well to read some of these stories. I fear they are going to need the knowledge but then who knows maybe the electronic war games they play today will give them a clue.


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momster 4 years ago

This is an excellent story. I love the details of the mountains and nature. Brought out wonderful. I watched alot of movies about indians when I was a kid and love how their lifes were so simply. And they only had what they needed. They didnt need the extras like we have today.


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee

What a wonderful Hub, and I salute your summation!


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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Gulley, hank you for the visit and comment. I do believe it would do our children good to learn this kind of stuff in scool instead of some of the crap they do get fed to them. Greg

Hi Monster, Thank you for the visit and comment. I really wouldn't say the Indians had it easy, but, until white man came along, they had an uncomplicated life. I don't they even knew what GREED was back then. Greg

Hi Beth, Thank you for the visit and comment. We can't let it go so easily. Greg


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Brett Winn 4 years ago from US

This hub showed back up on my comment feed, and I thought I would share again ... I so agree with all you've written, especially your conclusion ... I was listening today to the introduction to Cry the Beloved Country, and the author was saying how he hoped that one day love ... compassion and caring would overcome the problems in South Africa. It got me to thinking about how, no matter HOW loving and compassionate you might be committed to being, that it is pure suicide to not ALSO have a defense plan. I don't agree with Bush's wars, nor with Obama's spending ... but I so totally believe we need a strong national DEFENSE ... (meaning OUR borders .....)


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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Brett, Thank you for coming back again. Yes, no matter how much we love and show care, we can never let our defenses down, not for one second, or someone that doesn't love and care will be right there to take advantage of that "weakness". Greg


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Brett Winn 4 years ago from US

Greg ... Amen!!!


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uzma shaheen 3 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

Greg, you have a kind heart. analyzing both sides of a situation and accepting truth is a great thing. "Self Preservation" is a natural human behaviour and every human on earth deserves to live free and peaceful.

very interesting hub,sharing it.

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