Re: Survival of the Fittest

Nick Corduan (nickc@IQUEST.NET)
Thu, 14 Sep 1995 16:13:57 -0500


> Among the American Indians the gatherers-hunters had a different world
> view than the horticulturists who, in turn, differed greatly from the
> agriculturists, especially those who had ranked societies, and were
> sometimes warlike. The political structure of the League of the Iroquois
> is said to have provided the bases for the U.S. state system. The ways
> of life of the potlatch Indians were totally different from e.g., the

Just as the Celtic, Spanish, and English governments different from one
another. Just as the lifestyle of slavs differed from the lifestyles of
Scandavians. Just as the sailors of Italy different from the wine-growers of
Germany. If we're going to start accusing one another of white-washing
cultures with broad-brushes, please let us be honest and say that it goes
both ways.

However, there are still things which separate, in general, American Indians
and Europeans. Things such as the centralization of ritual, the
anthropomorphizing of Deity, the view of natures, the emphasis on


Nick Corduan "...there is as much dignity in tilling
at a field as in writing a poem."
( --Booker T. Washington