I totally disagree with this. I grew up in Glasgow Scotland U.K. yet I was fascinated by what I saw in the Glasgow Art Galleries and Museums in Kelvingrove In particular One Item was a must visit and view when I went to the Art Galleries on Sundays I would get on a Tram and travel to the "Art Galleries" to view among other things The Famous "Ghost Shirt" This Mystical Object made me embark upon a Lifelong Study of Native American Culture. When everyone was raving about Geronimo I was studying The Life and Times of Cochise, Mangas Colorado, Chief Joseph of The NezPerce, I began to see similarities between Tribal Life and The Scottish Clan Systems...... I learned of The Dreadful War Crimes The British Army Perpetrated about how we were first to use germ warfare by giving smallpox infested blankets..... I also Learned that Chieftain Ship was related to The Mystical Prowess of a Brave and War was more of a Ritual than a Battle. How many Warriors rode into Battle armed only with a coup stick, I learned of The Importance of The Vision Quest and attempted to Hang by My Hands from a Tshaped Washing Pole in an Easterhouse Backcourt in a Childish re-enactment of Sitting Bull doing the Sun Dance. That is how I played "Indian" I learned valuable lessons then. So do not dismiss the value of "Playing Indians" When The Sioux asked for The Return of "The Ghost Shirt" Glasgow complied The First World Museum to return Native Artifacts I am proud of this. Back in the fifties "The Ghost Shirt" was an Invaluable Teacher now in My Sixties through the Internet I have Native American Friends on Facebook and other places who can continue My Education on Native American Life and History which would never have happened if I had not "Played Indians" or Visited with The Ghost Shirt those many moons ago!
Monday, October 31, 2011 - 21:02