“Proud Remnant” – Two Versions
Kevyn Bashore’s 365 Day iPhone Photo of the Day
The William Penn Museum
Saturday, December 10, 2011
iPhone 4s Camera, Photoforge2, Camera+, Photoshop
Ever since I was a kid, I had a love for buffalo and “Indians”, as we called them back then. I also felt a deep sense of shame, loss, and sorrow for what the U.S. did to both the native people and the buffalo. Although there were great men, like William Penn, who honored the Native Americans even when it brought him great despair, ridicule by colleagues, and eventual bankruptcy, many leaders of our nation did not honor treaties or the basic sanctity of life. The slaughter and marginalizing of both Native Americans and the buffalo is a travesty not unlike the holocaust. Indian reservations, not unlike all government housing projects, have stripped these people of their dignity and connection to the land, which has led to drug addiction, alcoholism, abuse, violence, and suicide.
Thankfully, in recent years, many laymen and leaders (both political and spiritual) have risen up to admit the wrongs committed and seek to make amends.
May the Native Americans, along with the buffalo, find new hope, prosperity, joy, and blessings in the coming years.