29th August 2021 Dr. Beena
Ever since Allan wrote that story on Peace in Wintertime, Skowhegan, Maine, I have been intrigued. After I read about them on the website moose.nhhistory.org, I painted this picture from there and decided why don’t I write about them. Oddly, these indigenous people were called Indians😊. Please read why that happened. It is hilarious😊😊, well at least for us real Indians.
History changed for the Native Indians after 1600. Native Indians lived in America 15,000 years ago, migrating from Asia. Abenaki Indians lived in New England and hence were called People of the Dawn. They saw the sunrise before the other Native Indian tribes. The Abenaki were comprised of different indigenous tribes who spoke a similar language and shared culture. They lived with nature getting their resources but ensured they were not depleted. A tribe consisted of several families who were related to one another. Different tribes would get together to celebrate a change of seasons and share stories. When there was a dispute, they would each tell their side of the story to a larger group. Consensus building was a crucial part of an Abenaki life.
My story about the painting is an early morning scenery in summer in an Abenaki village. Now, how do I know it is summer? Well, they have separate wigwams. As they led nomadic lives based on seasons, their wigwams need to be easy to assemble and disassemble. During winter, they lived in a longhouse. Yes, living in longhouses was a way of life😊. Hence, the natives of Sarawak have something in common with Native Americans😊.
In this picture, one can imagine the triviality of an early morning. A young mother carrying her child to the lake. I am curious about that pot carried by the other lady. Maybe some yummy breakfast 😉😉. The man on the right side could be calling his children to wake up for breakfast. Another child is daydreaming in his wigwam like me😊. The central fire pit was where they dry the leather, cook their meals and gather to listen to stories. Their history is not written but an oral tradition. Elders were highly respected and, the most respected was Sachem. Now a Sachem could be male or female. Sachem helped others to resolve disputes and did not order people around. The decision would be respected and accepted by others. Far away, in the sky, you can see birds. One is quite large. I made a mistake drawing the wings☹. Thus, in my story, the papa bird is carrying his baby bird on his back and, the mama bird is close by. They are heading to the village as they trust the villagers to tend to the injured baby bird and not cook them for breakfast😊😊. Did you see Zara the Warrior princess and Mika the Braveheart at the left lower corner😊? They alert the villagers when they see other tribe members. Now, how is that for a simple happy story😊. If we could learn some lessons from them, it would be invaluable. Despite the diversity, there are more similarities in the way our ancestors lived. I would love to hear from our readers more on this😊. By the way, I did not use the word squaw for the female native American as that word is shrouded in controversy☹☹.
Before I sign off, how many of you played the game Red Indians and Cowboys when you were young? I was always the Red Indian and chased by cowboys ☹☹. Share your thoughts, please. Until the next time, bye for now.