Top 10 Common Misconceptions About Native Americans

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There is much heard and said about the culture of the Native Americans. There are many forms of their culture and many perceptions of various people all over the world. This led to a lot of misunderstandings and misinterpretation of the truth leading to many myths and misconceptions. Some of the errors and myths about them are:

 

1. They All Live On Reservations

They All Live On Reservations

It is a pure misconception that Native Americans get to live on the ‘Indian reservations’. Much less than half of the population of Native Americans was living on those reservations in 2008. Also, the conditions of such reservations were not at all appropriate most of the times and no one wished to continue living there.

 

2. No Taxes

No Taxes

This is very low of people who believe that the Native Americans do not have to pay taxes and they live on Government handouts. This is a complete myth. All the Native Americans do have to pay the federal income taxes as long as they are a citizen in USA. In some states, they do not have to pay state taxes but apart from that there is no escape from taxes. People carry this myth because Natives are relatively poor and government rarely helps them a little.

 

3. They Worship Nature

They Worship Nature

The truth is that the Native American had a lot of respect for the earth and nature but they did not worship them. The myth is that they treated nature as God and worshipped nature. But the respect for nature is misunderstood as worship sometimes. For instance, they worshipped god who help in the yield of the plant Corn. But people misinterpret it and say that they were actually worshipping the crop. So it can be said that their beliefs included all of nature but they worshipped those gods who took care of the nature and not the nature itself.

 

4. There is an Indian Princess

There is an Indian Princess

This is a very common misconception and very much is debated on this topic. People believe that the royalty of the Natives had an Indian. People often claim that one of the ancestors of the Natives was an Indian Princess. This myth became prevalent because of the Disney movies or some poor understanding of an African-American lady because of the light skin. There may even be an Indian in their tribe but not in the royalty. No one existed in their entire history that had such distinction.

 

5. Their Medical techniques were Primitive

Their Medical techniques were Primitive

People often believe that the medicine and medical methods of the tribes of Native Americans were very strange and bizarre. The image they about them is of a man with a strange, colorful dressing and who is performing some sort of rituals. This thought is because of the movies that portray such situations and literature books who make the readers believe that this is a fact. But the truth is the plants natives used as medicines led to the invention of many drugs modern doctor uses.

 

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