Daily Micro: Yesterday’s Visionaries in Today’s World ~ Assimilation

Acknowledging Assimilation

Look at me closely, for I am one being with two faces;

Robert Higheagle

I am Higheagle, a 20th century Teton Sioux, and I became Robert Higheagle, a 20th century American.

As Higheagle, I practiced my native language and native ways. I revered nature and communicated directly to the Great Spirit and to our Earth Mother. As Robert Eagle, I learned a foreign language and depended upon a priest to intercede, on my behalf, with a foreign god whose son ruled over the Earth.

Looking back at this world, I see few of my native brothers and sisters. I see a preponderance of those that assume a foreign persona, that speak a foreign langauage, that assault the Earth and wonder if they know to whom is this god to which they bow, this being that assimilates them, that seeks to make them one and for what purpose.

~ Stephen J. Bergstrom


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