Posted by MMMMarcia on February 24, 1999 at 18:35:47:
In Reply to: Re: War Clubs versus ... Nut Crackers???? posted by Penny on February 24, 1999 at 15:39:46:
: :I was wondering if anybody reading this has Russell's CD Electric Warrior? He goes to great lengths to wipe out any possible reference to war ANYTHING. One of his "beliefs" that he puts forth is that the Aztecs were practicing heart surgery rather than human sacrifice. He says that in any of the Indian languages there is no term for "war". I admire many of the things Russell has accomplished throughout the years, but I see his protestations against any warlike history among Indians as only causing harm. I believe it was Time magazine that once called Russell "the most well-known Indian since Crazy Horse". I presume Russell respects Crazy Horse...and Crazy Horse was a very proud warrior who fought for his people. He didn't sit around cracking nuts...
: :Penny THE Mohicanite of CO
Good points, Penny. At the risk of repeating myself, I firmly believe that no ethnic, cultural, or racial group of human beings has a lock on virtue OR vice, and this is one more example. I don't know why it is necessary to deny that Indians practiced various forms of warfare...warfare has played a large part in the history of almost every group of people on earth. This may be sad, but it's true, and hiding from the truth never helps anything. An Ojibwa friend used to go on at great lengths about the Warrior Tradition among his people, and most of what he said was a matter of particular pride to him.
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