The history of the conquest and subjugation of Native Americans is a tragic one. Persecuted for engaging in traditional rituals, they were forced to adopt foreign ways and live in circumscribed parcels of land, all in the name of civilizing and protecting them. Yet Native Americans did (and do) have their own civilizations in which they lived in harmony with the land and with animals. Because the Native American culture is radically different from that of the dominant white, West-European heritage, mutual misunderstandings of each others' ways were (and still are) common.
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