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  • Anonymous

    When the first Europeans reached the coast of what we now call Maine,
    the indigenous people, known collectively as Wabanaki — people of the
    land of the dawn — had already been here for more than 12,000 years.

    Yes, their ancestors spread throughout the Americas in an orderly manner and spent the next twelve thousand years living peacefully with their neighbors, never attempting to take territory that wasn’t theirs from the beginning. Quite remarkable.

    • One would think that 12 thousand years of life would leave more of a legacy behind: perhaps some figurines, monuments, ancient ruins, inventions, and star charts.

      • Anonymous

        Their legacy was caring for Mother Earth and leaving no footprint of their existence behind, so that their decedents would also be blessed to live on this planet. Their history has been passed down through the generations orally. They tried not to ruin anything, but preserve it for future generations.

        • Ah, the long lost simple life without over population, over consumption and devoid of science, medicine, etc.   As glorious as it sounds, that life is long gone my friend.   Remember the past: plan for the future The Hopi Indians, on the other hand, were enriched with science.   

          • Anonymous

            They had medicine. An understanding of Earth science  was at the core of their existence. It seems to me the Europeans couldn’t have survived here without them.

          • Except for the fact that disease wiped out nearly 90 percent of the Wabanaki population in a record 3 years leaving Europeans thriving and surviving-  Initial Europeans (religious OUTCASTS and THIEVES) did need a helping hand (we ate our food can we have some of yours?) but who is to say that all Europeans needed any help at all since we lay in the same climate zones of much of Europe.  Isolation and simple life does have its detriments where the good will of strangers often ends up taking advantage of Natives throughout the world.   

      • maineiac123

         Why? Simply because whites did?  We have to describe all cultures and achievements in terms of white? or christians?  They had a society that thrived for 12,000 years. That was what and all they needed, we stole it from them.  I hope this commission can somehow do what it says it will do but at the same time we must recognize our own attempt at ethnic cleansing and not just here in Maine.

  • Anonymous

    We may need the Wabanaki ways precisely BECAUSE modernity threatens us. Will those reeling from the damage of Sandy do better if they cooperate or compete? And I can’t help fantasizing what Washington DC would be like if our language had no words to disparage others; our “representatives” might have to stop yakking and actually get to work solving problems–like human-caused climate change resulting in freak storms. I can see an alliance between the earth-based wisdom of Native Americans and the technological innovations of people from away, but isn’t it clear that our efforts need to flow from the sense that we are all in this together and not from greed, competition and oppression of others? 

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