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The Soul of the Indian

The Soul of the Indian

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"We also have a religion which was given to our forefathers, and has
been handed down to us their children. It teaches us to be thankful, to be
united, and to love one another! We never quarrel about religion."
Thus spoke the great Seneca orator, Red Jacket, in his superb reply to
Missionary Cram more than a century ago, and I have often heard the
same thought expressed by my countrymen.
I have attempted to paint the religious life of the typical American
Indian as it was before he knew the white man. I have long wished to do
this, because I cannot find that it has ever been seriously, adequately, and
sincerely done. The religion of the Indian is the last thing about him that
the man of another race will ever understand.
First, the Indian does not speak of these deep matters so long as he
believes in them, and when he has ceased to believe he speaks
inaccurately and slightingly.
"We also have a religion which was given to our forefathers, and has
been handed down to us their children. It teaches us to be thankful, to be
united, and to love one another! We never quarrel about religion."
Thus spoke the great Seneca orator, Red Jacket, in his superb reply to
Missionary Cram more than a century ago, and I have often heard the
same thought expressed by my countrymen.
I have attempted to paint the religious life of the typical American
Indian as it was before he knew the white man. I have long wished to do
this, because I cannot find that it has ever been seriously, adequately, and
sincerely done. The religion of the Indian is the last thing about him that
the man of another race will ever understand.
First, the Indian does not speak of these deep matters so long as he
believes in them, and when he has ceased to believe he speaks
inaccurately and slightingly.

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