You ask me to plow the ground. Shall I take a knife and tear my mother's bosom? Then when I die she will not take me to her bosom to rest.
You ask me to dig for stones! Shall I dig under her skin for bones? Then when I die I cannot enter her body to be born again.
You ask me to cut grass and make hay and sell it and be rich like white men, but how dare I cut my mother's hair?
I want my people to stay with me here. All the dead men will come to life again. Their spirits will come to their bodies again. We must wait here in the homes of our fathers and be ready to meet them in the bosom of our mother.
'The Earth Shall Weep: A History of Native America'
by James Wilson (Author)
Placing Native Americans centre-stage, and drawing not only on historical sources but also on ethnography, archaeology, Indian oral tradition, and research in contemporary Native American communities, this book sets out to recover their experience and make it accessible to a non-Indian audience. The text charts the course of the collision between indigenous cultures and European invaders, from the first English settlements on the Atlantic coast to the Wounded Knee massacre in 1890. At the same time, it explains how Europeans justified a process that reduced the Native American population from an estimated 7-10 million to less than 250,000 in four centuries. In his conclusion, the author shows how these same ideas have continued to underpin government policy towards native people in the 20th century and to distort popular perceptions of the "Indian".
'A wonderful new history of the Indians of the United States - thoroughly, and compellingly written.'
(Alvin Josephy, authour of 500 Nations)