Native Americans Pontiac, Red Jacket
We are going to take a look at Three Native Americans Pontiac, Red Jacket, and Tecumseh to see what the relation are with the white men. We are going to see how they gave to the white men and how the white men took from the Indians. Pontiac was an Ottawa Indian; Ottawa derives from the Algonquian atawewin, meaning “commerce” or “to trade”. There’s Indians were one of the first to deal with the white men and were told many times to stay away but relied on trades and other things from the white men.
Pontiac was allies with the French with trade and other things until about 1762 when the British defeated the French at Fort Detroit. “Sir Jeffrey Amherst, Commander in chief of British forces in North America, turned command of Detroit over to Henry Gladwin, a man who shared his abundantly documented contempt for Indians. Gladwin continued Amherst’s policies of refusing to supply food, arms, and critically, gunpowder to the Indians as the French had done, and he also discarded the French policy of treating Indians as allies in favor of a policy of treating them as subjects of the British Crown. The Pontiac and the French were friends and even the French married some of the woman in the tribe. The British didn’t have the same feeling for the Indians and made it very hard for them to keep the peace. Chief Red Jacket a Native American hero he was called Sagoyewatha, this means “he keeps them awake. He was given this name Red Jacket by the British. Red Jacket didn’t fear the white men; he got alone with them at first. He had taken them in as friends, they would call him brother. They believed they were friends and gave them food and land to live off of.
The Indians helped the white men until the white men numbers had greatly increased, they wanted more land, and they wanted more country. Indians became uneasy and that is about when a war took place. Indians were hired to fight against Indians; many of their own people were destroyed in this war. I think that both the white men and the Indians wanted to learn from one another, but the white means number grow too fast for the Indians to keep up. The Indians were being taken over by the white men and didn’t want to give up all they had so just like today we fight about it.
There were a lot of religious beliefs tossed around. “Quite simply, the notion white the ways of white Christians may be fine for them; they are not necessarily equally for non-white indigenous peoples who have their own religious beliefs”. The Tecumseh believes they all belong to one family, that they are all children of a Great Spirit. They all work together on the same path share the same pipe at the fire. I think they also believed they would become friend with the white men but again the white men sucks them dry of anything and everything they can. Brothers we all belong to one family; we are all children of the Great Spirit; we walk in the same path; slake our thirst at the same spring; and now affairs of the greatest concern lead us to smoke the pipe around the same council fire! I think in this part of the speech they were telling how they were befriending the white men. “Brothers, -We are friends; we must assist each other to bear our burdens. The blood of many of our fathers and brothers has run like water on the ground, to satisfy the avarice of the white men.
We, ourselves, are threatened with a great evil; nothing will pacify them but the destruction of all the red men. ” This part of the speech show how they need to come together and not let anymore blood go on the ground to satisfy the white men. “Brothers the white people came among us feeble, and now we have made them strong, they wish to kill us, or drive us back, as they would wolves and panthers. ” hearing that my people would come to the Indians when they were feeble and needed help only to become strong and take the Indians out is just wrong. I believe this has not changed in today’s world.
If we don’t like someone we kick them down and don’t let them back on their own two feet. “Brothers, – The white men are not friends to the Indians: at first, they only asked for land sufficient for a wigwam; now, nothing will satisfy them but the whole of our hunting grounds, from the rising to the setting sun. ” Just like Red Jacket they help out the white men until the white men was so strong and wanted more and more. They got strong and wanted more land and to take out there warriors and kill old men woman and children, and the white men still make it sound like they are good Christian. Brothers – My people wish for peace; the red men all wish for peace; but where the white people are, there is no peace for them, except it be the bosom of our mother. ” The white men just want everything for themselves and don’t want to share with anyone outside of their color. If you look at today’s time we are now in the place of the Indians. Faster and faster we the white men are becoming extinct today. They cheat the Indians and don’t believe they should have what the white men have. The Tecumseh wanted everyone to come together and live and grow together, but white men didn’t feel the same
In Conclusion all three of their speeches they all talked about religion, about all there different Master of life, great sprite and god. They all have some different was to worship there God in their life’s. The one thing in all three of their speeches that they all share is how the white men come in and takes more and more from the Indians. They can’t just be happy with what they have. Reading all three of these speeches you can see that maybe the way of living has changed today but we still have the same fight we did 100 years ago.
Doing this paper it has made me look at what others have and just can’t believe someone calling themselves Christians could or would do all the things they did. Somewhat make me not like being white.
Work Cited Pontiac “The Norton Anthology of American Literature. ” 7th ed. Vol. A Ed. Nina Baym. New York: Norton, 2007. 438. Print. Red Jacket “The Norton Anthology of American Literature. ” 7th ed. Vol. A Ed. Nina Baym. New York: Norton, 2007. 445. Print. Tecumseh “The Norton Anthology of American Literature. ” 7th ed. Vol. A Ed.