Nope, I am not referring to myths of Native American culture, but rather the myths concerning Industrial Liberal American perceptions of Native American culture. Before I begin, please allow me to present my 'credentials': My maternal Grandmother was/is a full blooded Cherokee. My paternal lineage is clearly linked to Pocahontas (no, she didn't marry Captain John Smith, but rather married the leader of a different settlement, John Rolfe in 1614). Her son, Thomas Rolfe was one of my progenitors. Since I was a child, I have been fascinated with pre-Columbian cultures, for obvious reasons. I have learned much of them directly from members of those varied cultures, along with my independent studies at the University of Texas, Texas A&M, Sul Ross University, Southwestern University, and other institutions of higher learning. Now, on to the meat of my comments.... Upon this forum I have heard of the 'homesteaders' desire to live 'in harmony with Nature as the Indians did'. I defy anyone, everyone, to provide evidence that Native Americans lived in 'harmony' with nature! In point of fact, NO Native Americans lived in 'harmony with nature'! This is a myth of the first order! Native Americans exploited their environment as effectively, or as badly, depending upon one's point of view, as any other aboriginal culture. They had ONE goal: SURVIVAL! To that end, it was the norm for a small nomadic tribe (pre-equestrian), to stampede a huge herd of game animals over a cliff, even though they could barely consume ONE of such game animals in any given day. Though they could dry meat and otherwise crudely preserve it, they wasted 99 out of 100 animals! They left those brutalized animals, many of whom were still alive, but fatally crippled, to the scavengers. I must also admit that my antecedents were no less cruel to their fellow human beings than any modern equivalent. My ancestors practiced, advocated, and instituted genocidal policies against their nearest competitors! More distant relatives, such as the Aztecs, murdered their own populations in the hundreds of thousands. As the Azteca culture collapsed, fringe tribes, such as the Comanche and Apache rose to ascendancy to confront the Western European expansion into their territories. But, long before the Aztecs ruled the Southwest, we had the 'Nameless Ones' present. Currently, those educated in pre-columbian cultures believe that these Bering Strait Bridge original inhabitants dominated the open plains and woodlands of North America. We now attribute the extinction of the American camel, horse, sloth, cave bear, and many other species to them. However, there came a SECOND wave of Bering Strait Bridge immigrants. Except for a tiny population of first wave immigrants located in Terra del Fuego (the Land of Fire) at the furtherest tip of South America, no others survive. DNA studies of this tiny population confirm their unique stature within American history. The second wave of BSB immigrants essentially wiped out the first wave. Current anthropological excavations dramatically point this out. But, back to my most recent relatives... There was no 'noble savage'. That was an ideation proposed by the popular media of the time, and much later by Hollywood. 'Nomadic' was a condition imposed by the factors of exhausting local game. If local game became too scarce, the quite common alternative was to enact GENOCIDE upon the surrounding competitors...namely, other Native Americans. American ecology was radically altered by both the 'nomadic' and later 'horseman' tribes in North and South America. Both north and south produced some interesting cultures, but each was as exploitative as current Western European cultures. But the main difference between the two cultures was Western European recognition of 'overloads' upon the environment. My ancestors never realized there was a problem until very late in the cycle. They were unable to cope effectively with new cultural challenges, so they declined, just as did the 'old ones', before them Please feel free to discuss my opinions in a forthright, respectful, manner...as I will discuss your opinions.