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- How are the movements of Native Americans similar to other movements in this era?
(Chapter 16, Page 774 – 775)
During this era European capitalism and colonialism was transforming the world. The movements of Native Americans were similar to others occurring around the world in that the driving force behind them was the fear of losing their identities and all of these movements were led by someone claiming to be some sort of prophet and that they had to fight in order to defeat the corruption. The movements all had strong, spiritual, and inspirational leaders and followers willing to fight for a cause. A perfect example of this is the Shawnee leader Tenskwatawa who inspires people because he claims that he is purified by “Our Creator” and that he can lead them because he knows what they must do to save their people from corruption. He goes on to explain how they once were happy and had pride and now they rely on the white men. Tenskwatawa also talks about how liquor has hurt so many of his people and that they have gotten lazy and dependent on white men. An example he gives is how they no longer know how to hunt unless they have a gun. He then details specific instructions for what they need to do in order to end their reliance on white men. In summary, what Tenskwatawa is doing is consistent with the other movements in that he is able to inspire people because of his claims to be a prophet in order to get them to follow him into battle. He sees that his people have changed and wants to restore their dignity and identity that was stolen as a result of colonialism and capitalism. (Visions of the Great Spirit, 1810, Tenskwatawa)