Birth of the Native American Cultural Preservation
When our tribal elders realized that
the young could no longer appreciate the message behind our ancestral
stories, it became crystal clear that steps would need to be taken to
ensure the preservation of our culture. The tribal elders were
insightful enough to realize that if nothing were done, our traditional
culture would disappear from the face of the Mother Earth, to be lost
forever to future generations.
For thousands of
years, our traditions had been passed from generation-to generation
without any consideration to "what if?" It was just assumed that our
world would live forever with our people there to tend to it. But all of
that ended in just one generation.
Suddenly, a crisis faced our people. With the introduction of a new way
of living, the traditions of our ancestors began to fade off into a
distant memory. The new world offered so much distraction that our young
began to see our traditions as a waste of their time.
had reached a crossroads. We had to find a way for our culture and
traditions to be carried to future generations, or our identity as a
people would cease to exist.
The time had arrived when our tribal
elders would need to actively recruit students to learn of our culture
and history. The time had arrived when our tribal elders would need to
explore new ways of carrying our identity into future generations.
The active and planned preservation of our cultural identity began to
Record Keeping Was Introduced
Many tribal elders thought it wise to
adopt the ways of the white man. Our elders began to find ways to write
our history and our language on paper.
Fortunately, we were able
to retain a bit of our independence through the tribal government system
allowed to us by the US, Canadian and Mexican governments.
tribal governments set up actual systems to help us to retain our
history and culture. Many of our tribal leaders have arranged to set up
college scholarship funds for those who were willing to learn our tribal
history and culture.
These are only steps. We still have a long
way to go to ensure the preservation of our cultures through generations
not yet seen. The way this world is changing now, it will only become
more difficult moving forward to keep the Native spirit alive.
Native American Internet
We are a growing group of Native American
individuals, who appreciate where we have come from and have turned to the newest resources
in the preservation of our history and culture. The Internet is a huge
storehouse of information that can be shared with a world audience.
We now have the ability to stay in close touch with those of our
band who have moved away from the reservations. We have an unprecedented
opportunity to share our past with those who wish to know it. We are now
a growing number of dedicated Native people who are channeling the power
of using the internet to lead other aboriginal people towards the
positive direction of helping us preserve our past. As such, we have put
together some very informative resources for those who wish to study our
that is good in our little portion of the Internet, we realized that it
could be helpful to bring all of that information together in one place
where it could be protected for eternity. Individual people live and
die, but organizations can live forever. In our little corner of the
Internet, we are building a set of web sites that will permit anyone who
is of First Nations origin to come in and set up a resource that can
survive for generations.
We hope you will come by and visit us.
We hope that you will stay long enough to learn of our culture, history
and beliefs. And we hope that you will like our little corner of the
Internet enough that you will come by and visit us often.
...bringing all of that information together in one place where it
could be protected for eternity
Written by: Eagle Vale of MyRezSpace.com The name is
a merging of the Myspace concept, with "The Rez," from a television
show of the same name that reflects life on the reservation in
Northern Canada. This article about Native American culture
was created for the express purpose of bringing awareness to our
"Native American Cultural Preservation Project" at
http://www.MyRezSpace.com You may also use the MyRezSpace
Interactive Community at:http://www.MyRezSpace.org