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Video 10 “The Indian Wars” 1. How was the Indian culture different from the white culture and why was it so difficult to assimilate? They Indians differed from the whites in the way they dressed, their home, their social systems, and their beliefs. Due to their environmental surroundings, the Indians wore very little clothing during spring and summer. When it was cold, they used buffalo skin and other animal skins to keep warm. On the other hand, the whites dressed more formally. The Indians used a Tepee as a home; it was portable (beneficial to their nomadic lifestyle) and easy to assemble. Whites generally lived in houses and in one location. Indians lived in a village where they were divided into three groups: the family, the extended family, and the clan. This was vastly different from the whites who believed in a stricter class system and more separation. The Indians preferred to keep tribes close through ceremonies,
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Unformatted text preview: festivals, and bon fires. Every ritual connected the tribe to the earth. Also, Indian men tended to have more wives in order to reproduce (there was more women than men); whites practiced monogamy. Belief wise, the Indians and whites were very different. The Indians believed the creator was on earth with them and that everything served a purpose. For this reason, they believed in many deities. On the contrary, the whites believed in one God. It was difficult for the whites and Indians to assimilate because the whites were ethnocentric. They believed they were superior to the Indians and that the Indians were savage like. However, the Indians weren’t ready to give up their life as they knew it. When they felt the whites couldn’t be their partners, they were ready to fight at whatever cost. This thought was heightened after the horse revolution (the industrial revolution in the west); it developed a war society....
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