How can we learn Resilience from the Natives of America?
We can learn resilience by the way that they have had their culture stripped from them and they still have come together once again. In the article, “The Untold Story”, half of the entire population was destroyed by Christopher Columbus. Even after this, the Taíno people believe that, “My people survived. We have little to show our children as proof of what happened to the Taínos. But we have our stories, told from generation to generation,” (Tina Thomas). President Jackson is to blame for the Trail of Tears and for forcing the children to go to boarding schools. At these boarding schools they weren’t allowed to speak their language, keep their hair long, or participate in the culture that they were raised in. The book Cheyenne Again, by Eve Bunting, is an example of one such boy who laments on his past with his family, speaking his language, and embracing his culture while being forced to go to a reform school where the children are forced to speak English all the time by people who threaten to take their homes, and strive to take their cultures away. They were forced to make changes in every way and although that left a permanent scar on their people, it did not break them. They were not broken by the Dakota Pipeline, they peacefully went against the government in order to protect their people. Ever since the settlers came to America, the Native Americans have been pushed further and further into a corner but they never stopped fighting.