Thursday, May 11, 2017


It seems to me I should know about this from middle school history, but the history of this land is not really taught in our schools. I am finally just finishing "1491", which is how this land was before Columbus. Archeology and Anthropology are like the weather, if you do not like them wait a minute and they will change.

Every day during a new dig new bones are found about an animal or early human which begins to change theories.

Most of what we know about pre-Columbus history, is written by Europeans describing what they saw, allegedly or reducing to writing the history of the indigenous people as they claim it was told to them.

Their is a famous priest who described the Amazon as heavily populated, which most archeologist claim to be impossible because of soil conditions which could not sustain large populations.  But now we know the indigenous people used charcoal and pottery shards to build up the soil for farming.  Entire tracks of land have now been discovered as farming fields made by the indigenous people.  So in the end it is really hard to know what is true.

The Document known as the "Great Law of Peace" as passed down by the indigenous people and reduced to writing by Europeans has been accepted the modern day tribes as authentic.  What intrigues me is the question of whether or not this Coda influenced the Founding Fathers.  I have not read this, but did the views of the Founding Fathers influence how the Europeans translated the words of the indigenous law keepers.



All chiefs of the League of Five Nations must be honest in all things. They must not idle and gossip, but be men possessing those honorable qualities that make true leaders. It shall be a serious wrong for anyone to lead a chief into trivial affairs for the people must ever hold their chiefs high in estimation out of respect to their honorable positions.


The rites and festivals of each nation shall remain undisturbed and continue as before, because they were given by the people of old times as useful and necessary for the good of men.
Note: This law says not to disturb the rites and festivals, that is, not to change it or add to it, such as a new religion, etc.


Part of my summer will be spent on researching this history.  The consensus is this is real and it existed pre-Columbus.  But others are not so sure.

I am really interested to find research wherein our Founding Fathers spoke of this law.

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