How Alcohol Effected American Indians

How Alcohol Effected American Indians

Did Alcohol have a Lasting Effect on Native American Culture?

History of the American Indian
Professor Roger Carpenter
December 14, 2009

Northern Native Americans were faced with many great hardships with the arrival of the

Europeans, Spanish and the French. American Indians had thrived on American soil for thousands of

years with great prosperity. Living among each other in a local economy and communities The Native

Americans created a civilization that was harmonious with the land and spiritual world that surrounded

them. They were able to sustain their survival from the living plants and animals that lived among

them in this over abundant country and all of it's rich resources. Many different tribes thrived on this

land by adapting well with the elements around them. They were able to use the one living animal that

co-existed with their people and made sure that a good kill was worth the effort and danger that

encountered it. The Native Americans were able to use every part of the animal killed from the hide to

the hoofs in an effort of survival and to counter balance the spiritual world that engulfed their heritage.

The natives would give back to the world that gave unto them. With an unfortelling future the Native

Americans were not prepared for what storm was about to come ashore .Europeans would soon arrive

and bring the Natives demise in more ways then one.

In 1492 Christopher Columbus was said to be the first arrival on American soil from the East.

Columbus would bring many new and different commodities unseen by the Natives of this world.

Europeans and the Spanish brought many commodities for their own survival in this new

territory, such as plants and even animals. According to Calloway some of the food items brought from

England and Spain were rice, wheat, barley, and oats. Some plants such as grasses and even oranges

and peaches were knew to the Americas. Horses, cows,...

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