Why do people gravitate to and emulate their oppressors much like a dog who rolls over and shows their vulnerable belly to another, more dominant, dog? This is a survival technique. We commonly euphemise this behaviour by explaining, “Well, if you can’t beat them, join them.” Psychologists today, often refer this behaviour as the “Stockholm Syndrome.”
The Indigenous peoples of North America are emulating their European oppressors by accepting two “white killers” from them, and are now declaring these white killers to be their own creations. The killers are: their god, and their bannock.
We now refer to their god as our “Great Creator.” Traditionally, the Indigenous peoples of the Americas did not have an anthropomorphic god or a “Great Creator.” Besides “Mother Earth,” they had the “Great Spirit,” which was much like the Greek Æther, the source of all life and all knowledge and certainly not a vengeful and malicious god. Our ancestors believed that the human soul comes from the Great Spirit. This soul communicates with, and receives truth and knowledge from the Great Spirit. When our body dies the soul goes back to the Great Spirit. After our death, the soul may enter another living body, and in this way we are related to all living things.
Bannock is not a North American invention and not a traditional food of ours. It came here with the Europeans and is killing us. Over my life, I have eaten much bannock, and I have enjoyed it, especially freshly made and topped with butter and strawberry jam. Today, I eat bannock very seldomly; because it is made with two or three of the six “White Killers,” depending on the recipe. These “White Killers,” all brought to us by colonizers, are destroying our health. They are: white sugar, white flour, white salt, white baking powder, white hydrogenated oils, and white monosodium glutamate. All of these white killers cause serious chronic illness, diabetes being on the top of the list.
There is a myth that the Europeans came to the Americas, conquered the wilderness and tamed the native savage. This is far from the truth. For evidence, look at the true traditional foods of the Indigenous peoples who, at the time of the European invasion, had the most advanced civilizations in the world. These people farmed and had many domesticated animals. All of their foods were organically grown. Common foods that these people developed, grew, and ate were: squash, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, corn, beans, avocados, seedless oranges, grapes, turkeys, llamas, venison, fish, and the list goes on and on. Today, how many of us eat these foods in abundance? Or do we live (or die) on foods such as Chicken Delight, noodles in a box, Kraft Dinner, and Wonder Bread.
Within history one may, with much effort and work, mine, from narrow dark crevices, tiny nuggets of truth. In your search for the truth, beware of fool’s gold that is difficult to distinguish from the genuine article. Take the advice of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), that one should not believe anything that one reads and only half of what one sees.
To get to the truth I suggest reading books by authors who have searched for the truth. Maria Campbell in her book Half-Breed, tells the reader how the conquerors have divided to conquer and how the conquered do it to their own, who now readily accept falsehoods as truths. I also recommend authors such as Howard Zinn, Kevin Annett, William Hickling Prescott, Christopher Hitchens, and Gavin Menzies who have searched for the truth. From here, I suggest looking for the many historians who are not commonly mentioned in universities, but have also pursued the truth. If you look for them, you will find them.