There are very old stories about a migration to the East predating the Anasazi era that may tie into the Mississippians – stories that involve mounds.
When you look at some of the beliefs and cultural practices of the Mississippians there seems to be Mesoamerican influences to be found there.
A part of the Beringa migration theory is that it occurred in three waves, some traveled by sea to what has become Mexico, Central, and South American, and then some migrated overland back up into what would be the U.S.
Of interest to me is the time correlation between the decline of the the Aztec and other Mesoamerican cultures and the appearance of a different influence in the Chaco Canyon and other Southwestern sites during that era.
Cannibalism is a very touchy subject – I’m not one to believe all things “scientific” but the criteria for determining cannibalism is a rigorous one and difficult to deny.
A tremendous amount of historical revision has taken place over the centuries, but also one during the last few decades.
The “media” and historians of both former and current times aiding and abetting such revision along with an assortment of “liberators” and “warriors”.
But it doesn’t end there – revisions are an ongoing reality within our communities as well fueled by the likes of the AIM leadership, and a growing number of internet “chiefs”, “medicine men/women”, and “prophets”.
The late Russell Means would drone on about there wasn’t a shred of evidence that existed demonstrating either conflict or ritualistic sacrifice in Mesoamerica prior to the Spanish without a leg to stand on – evidence to the contrary is indisputable.
He would also say conflict didn’t exist between our various nations – again the evidence and oral history is indisputable.
Such was the degree of animosity and conflict that nations actually aligned with the military against a traditional enemy of theirs.
After having seen the movie 300 Means announced there were likewise only 300 warriors at the Big Horn, when the reality is the minimum could not have been less than 1500 considering the size of the encampment and a maximum that may have ran as high 2500 – but such was the fantasy world Means resided in.
As ridiculous as such statements by Means were there undoubtedly are those who bought into them ignoring the obvious – an obvious that included Means being a pompous, ego ladened con artist whose personal track record qualified him as not only being delusional but an habitual liar in the process.
In the span of a few short decades visible evidence exists how cultures can be corrupted, more specifically in the manner in which the AIM leadership set about usurping traditional elders and leaders.
The way in which they have sanctioned and introduced foreign “religious” beliefs into our traditional ones.
In a very real sense they have cannibalized not only the beliefs of the nations but culture itself in a ritual of blood sacrifice the graves of their victims attest to.
This corruption has taken place during a span of four and half decades, since the formation of AIM, approximately the same amount of time from the construction of to the abandonment of defensive sites like cliff dwellings in the four corners area.
The amount of difficulty and effort required to build sites like them in a few short decades is also notable and raises questions that should be addressed.
In a manner of speaking this particular blog post is a prelude to another that has captured my attention for some time – a subject I have devoted more than a few hours researching, struggled with, and having done so arrived a conclusion that seems inescapable to me.
Personally the origins of the nations are of a secondary consideration, what is important to me is that we occupied this land, this hemisphere, long before others even knew it existed.
As a people we inhabited all of it, grew in numbers, what resulted was a great diversity of language and culture.
For indigenous people few things are more important than knowing and understanding our history, either collectively or on a tribal level.
In that understanding the importance of language and culture are amplified.
No nation or culture that has ever existed has been without events some would sooner forget than recall – in today’s world that has become the venue of politicians, spin doctors, the mainstream media which is little more than an appendage of corporate owned political affiliation,and revisionists large and small.
As I stated, this post is a prelude, the one to follow will go into greater detail.