Similarities between the Aboriginal People and the Jews

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The history of the Aboriginal people of the United States and the history of the Jewish people are quite similar. There are also similarities in language, beliefs, treatment of the life around you, and the spiritual dances. Most people know the history of the Native Americans from the settler’s point of view, a view that has been known to sway the truth. Let me show you why the Jews and the Aboriginal people have more in common than anyone realized.

History: Both have been oppressed and abused. Both have been confined to small pieces of land compared to once was theirs’. Both have been kicked out of their homeland and some returned to try to take it back. Both have been hated and despised for centuries/millennia and have endured cruelty and hardships. Both strive for peace in the modern world and both want equal rights. Both are hated by many, but that doesn’t stop any of us from taking part in the Aboriginal/Jewish culture. Both have been forced to conform to European standards and culture. Both have been oppressed by Europeans throughout centuries. Many Aboriginal people and Jewish People have died rather than convert and many practiced their beliefs in secret.

Language: Both languages at some point nearly died. Hebrew used to be only for prayers, but when Israel was founded, it became the language of the country. Similarly, There are various dialects between tribes of the New World. There are common songs and dances throughout all the tribes, especially when in community gatherings sometimes called powwows). However, many tribes are losing their language because the settlers had prevented new generations from learning the language of their people. This is similar to how European nations tried to ban Hebrew from publications, something that ended up leading to Yiddish, and were killed if caught with Hebrew text.

Beliefs: The Jewish people have always wanted peace. We do our best to treat each other with respect and to “do the right thing” as our bible sees fit. The Aboriginal people also want peace and equal rights. They treat the organisms around them as if they were equals and let nothing go to waste. They have sacred rituals and sacrifices just as the Jewish people do/used to do. We both have special landmarks where our people have fought heroically and died. We both believe that we will all be equals in the afterlife and it is neither heaven nor hell.

Social Gatherings: I have been to several authentic powwows with my Cheyenne friends. Some dances are very similar to Jewish folk dances and some of the songs have a similar beats and rhythms. The gatherings also have a similar purpose: to celebrate an event in someone’s life or to celebrate a holiday.

 

This is why the Jewish people and the Aboriginal people should get along and help each other. We have so much in common that it is a pity we don’t have more culture exchanges. Go out and learn about the other side of history. What you will find just might surprise you.

*Picture was taken by my father at one of the powwows that the Cheyenne held in my city. The picture is of me and my Cheyenne friends dressed in authentic dresses passed down through the generations. I was borrowing the shawl that belonged to one of the adults accompanying the Cheyenne kids on their trip. Our eyes have been covered over for our protection. All I can say is that it was cold that night, but it was the most fun I had in ages. To anyone who lives in North East Ohio, please join in next fall! It will be something you will never forget, I promise.

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28 thoughts on “Similarities between the Aboriginal People and the Jews

    • We all have the same time — it’s what we do with it that counts. And this young teenager, whom you’re giving short shrift, has already set up a blog about the ways in which she hopes to make the world a better place through her actions. She has also gotten two schools to hold a donation drive for Syrian refugees; no mean feat in negotiating the school administrative system. And I defend and applaud her. And how is your time served? Why not try doing something with your time to help others, like Elia did, rather than make ill-informed comments?

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        • You’re an amazing dynamo of action. Your assistance to lend a hand to a soul in need goes way beyond platitudes by the action you engage in. I’m really proud of you, and I know you’ll go far in life by keeping that commitment, perseverance and attitude. Congratulations to you! And good luck with your next donation drive! 🙂

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    • Actually, I don’t have enough time! If I had enough time to do all of the things that I want to do, I would be in 50 places at once doing over 1000 things in each place. I would fix the economy, find jobs that Ted Strickland took away, stop wars from waging, fix this terrible election that’s going on, and so much more! If I had the time to do all of the things that I want to do, then physics and biology would forever be changed.

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  1. Here’s the Higher Ed article about the Native American and Indigenous Studies Adsociation vote to boycott Israel:

    https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2013/12/18/native-american-studies-group-joins-israel-boycott

    They should start another Native American Association group to support Israel and to counter the ill effects of this action, which continues on ’til this day. If you can help to change their minds, you will make a significant impact in changing the world for the better! And I have hope in you! Let’s hope they see the light!

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  2. Great. Maybe you can influence them to recast their votes AGAINST BDS this time, because as of 2013, they have joined other minority groups in boycotting the Jewish State, Israel. Here are the associations who are boycotting Jews/Israel: the Association for Asian American Studies; the American Studies Association; the National Women’s Studies Association; the African Literature Association; and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. The American Anthropological Association almost joined them, but narrowly lost by only 39 votes. So, no… We’re not alike, at all. I, too, have had friends of mixed-Cherokee ancestry, and other Indian descent. Personally, they don’t discriminate. As a group, they show us that they do discriminate against Jews, and support the Arab intentions to kill us all, with their support for our murderers. You can read, “The Bias of Unions” at my site, to see the screenshots and proof, by article at Higher Ed, of their vote. We fight for minorities, and they all vote against us.

    Interesting name, Jeff. I wonder what mine would be?

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        • Your name would sound different depending which tribe you are talking to. Most people think that aboriginal tribes have the same language, but they don’t. All languages are like that though.

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          • I actually tried to look it up, previously, but didn’t attempt it. I’m probably offending someone by trying, but here’s my shot at it: hohaatsenahehe (Big Mouth Woman).

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            • Actually, you can’t just assign yourself a name. There is a whole process of soul searching and an elaborate ceremony that comes with trying to find an aboriginal name. I haven’t had a ceremony so I don’t have a name. Being named is a great honor and to get one, you must truly do something remarkable to help the tribe.

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              • Making them aware of the wrongness and bigotry of their favorable vote for BDS against Jews/Israel is, indeed, a remarkable honor that we have accomplished. I wouldn’t want a name bestowed until such time,
                if ever, they completely revoke their stance against the Jews/Israel, anyways.

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    • I bet the people with whom you interact, Elia, are not even aware of what the leaders of the aboriginal people are doing. Make them aware of it, remind them of their historic ties to your middle school, of how that came about, and ask them to work toward changing their leaders perspectives and behavior toward Jewish people and Israel.

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    • I didn’t know that the aboriginal tribes took such measures against Israel. I will have to ask my friends on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. The Cheyenne fully support Israel, so this is something to look into.

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      • Some do and some don’t. Their vote stands in their name, regardless. Taken together with the votes of all these other minority groups, it makes for a powerful punch and a hostile environment for Jews. Schools no longer have the old books, which taught the truth. The libraries disposed of those and replaced them with Arab propaganda lies, such that they now teach in schools as truth. So now everyone believes these lies! Like a politician will say one thing and vote completely opposite to what he promised to do.

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    • I asked my friends who are on a reservation in Canada and Montana about this boycott. Neither tribe new anything about such a boycott. They don’t ALL cote against us. We must choose our battles, but to do that, we must understand who is the enemy. Not all tribes where part of the boycott. My friends were not part of the boycott.

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      • So, they should act to get it erased. As I said, it stands in their name under an umbrella association of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, which, for all intents and purposes, covers their group under this banner. Explain it to yourself, and to them, this way: Not all Germans physically murdered six million Jews, but their silence and non-action made them complicit in their deaths, just as if they had gassed them themselves. The Germans of the neighborhoods watched from the sidewalks as we were rounded up — and they did nothing. The civilians heard our screams in the night as we were dragged away, and covered their ears. Do you know how it started, Elia? I mean, besides hatred… It started with a few laws against the Jews, here
        and there, which grew progressively worse. Let’s talk about them. Well, for one, they took away (burned) all Jewish books (the parallel thing they’ve done via our library and educational system). They made Jewish stores self-identify their Jewish origins to others with a star or a “Jude” on the store (the parallel was done in the European Union (EU) vote to discriminate against Judaea/Samaria by making them label their food from this area. It’s a double-standard applied only to Israel, which they don’t apply to other areas of conflict like Kashmir, Tibet, Cyprus (Greek or Turkish?) or others). This allowed the boycott of Jewish stores to be more easily carried out, which they also did in Nazi Germany, never mind allow for easy identification for Kristallnacht, “Crystal Night/Night of Broken Glass”, when Jewish stores were destroyed by raging, angry mobs. But, why? What did we do? Nothing. They’re just anti-Semitic bigots. If your “friends” (friends???) can’t see that acquiescing to this in their name, and will say, “Nah; it’s those Indians, not me…”, then they’re just the same as those Germans. It would be no honor to have an Indian name, in my opinion, based on their casual indifference in their response to you, and by extension, to me; Let them keep their name. As they say, “With friends such as these, who needs enemies?” You should think about this, as well…

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  3. I don’t remember honestly, but if you mention my name on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, many will know my name. My father is referred to as “Elia’s Dad” because then people will know who he is. I am a member of their tribe now, so I will definitely ask.

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