Thursday, March 11, 2010

I have always believed that learning should be fun. I just couldn't get some of my teachers to agree with me. I've also always believed that learning new things must start with the history of that thing. When learning Math, you begin with the theories of Mathematicians that came before. When you study geology, you start with the history of the earth. You can't study genetics without knowing about Mendel's peas and you definitely can't learn about people without knowing their History. Our subject happens to be Eastern Woodland Indians in general and the Shawnee specifically, but the process is no different than it would be for any people anywhere in the world.
The paragraph above is taken from my website. I invite everyone, especially teachers, to weigh in on the idea that learning should be fun and the idea that all learning should begin with the history of the subject. Also, let me know your feelings on what has happened to the Indegenous People of this land that has become known as the United States of America. Every few days I will post some new data about the Shawnee, Eastern Woodland Indians and re-enacting of same, except during June and July (and a couple of weeks on either end of thet time period) as I will be at Camp Daniel Boone fulfilling one of my great passions in life. Looking forward to some great conversations.
"So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time
to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home."
Tecumseh of the Shawnee