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Image one day waking up like every other day in your life has been only to find out everything you thought you knew about the world is wrong. That there has been another race of humans growing and advancing quicker than you could ever imagine, and that for every continuous day you live, you watch your great civilization slowly being wiped out. This is a fear deep in everyone’s heart that their great society one day will no longer be at the top. This is a fear that no one hopes to have to experience in their lifetime. Sadly one great civilization, the first society of North America, was put through this horrible experience. They were put through hundreds of years of suffering only to watch their wonderful land be destroyed as they were slowly forgotten. History would be written not from their point of view, but by the invaders who scared their earth and made them out to look like primitive savages. Richter tells a story not by the traditional viewpoint, but by one that is less often explored. He tells a story of a great race from eyes of a forgotten people. Many people would say that there isn’t enough substantial evidence to prove these ideas which may be true, but it is a story that needs to be told. Richter “imaginative” history does a superior job of telling the Native American story. At the beginning of Facing East from Indian Country Richter speaks a lot about imaginative history which is the best way to put it. Its true there is very little written history from this time about the exploration of the new world from the point of view of the Native Americans. The only thing a person can do is look at European perspectives and imagine what would have been going through the Native Americans minds when they saw these massive vessels bring hundreds of metal clad men, new species of animals, and hatred and violence to their people. Richter clearly states, “These three scenes are imagined, but they are rooted in verifiable historical events.”(Richter 13) Here Richter, Daniel. Facing East from Indian Country. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2001.
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he is speaking about some of the first encounters between Europeans and Native Americans, and how is takes the Indians voice out of the European documents. Obviously there are not any recorded sources by the Native Americans of these first encounters so one must imagine what it could have been like. A reader would understand where Richter
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2008 for the course HIST 221 taught by Professor Thatonelady during the Spring '07 term at Iowa State.

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