Knowledge and skill fix problemsNot prayer and sacred ceremony
By James Giago Davies
Native Sun News Today Columnist
nativesunnews.today People tell me all the time that Indians don’t need any science. Why would they? They have the deep spiritual insight of long dead ancestors—and wisdom like that fixes everything! All you do is pray, see, and there is no more poverty, no more rape or murder, or tribal corruption. Some heartfelt prayer and powerful ceremony and what chance does any problem have? I am always being pressured to dumb my writing down so that all that ever gets honored are sacred truths, because everyone knows that because the Wasicu stole this land, everything about him must be bad—his language, his art, his history, his society, his beliefs, and especially, his science.
Japan challenged the Wasicu, he battered him at Pearl Harbor, he slugged it out toe-to-toe with the most powerful military in human history, and the battle raged for years. In one year he killed more Wasicu than all the tribes combined on earth ever killed. The Japanese used technology, guns, tanks, battleships, planes, and Japan came within a whisker of defeating the Wasicu who took this land from our ancestors. Japan lost, but even after two atomic bombs were dropped on them, even after their country was occupied, their rulers booted out, they remained Japanese. They rebounded. They built a modern, technologically sophisticated society, one of the most powerful on earth, and they remained true to their culture and heritage. They even took up our baseball, and they made it Japanese baseball, and then played us in the World Baseball Classic, and beat us at our own game.
James Giago Davies is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota tribe. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright permission Native Sun News Today
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