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Old June 21 2012, 12:27 AM   #172
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Re: My first voyage with Voyager

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That's not even close to the case here.
The ep. shows and states that the Native American's were mentally challenged but because they respected nature, the aliens "blessed" them with average intelligence. That's a very racist picture they paint because it's calling Native American's savages and incapable of evolving mentally as well as every other race and culture on Earth.
I have to disagree with that interpretation.

The ep seems to discuss early Cro-Magnon man on the eastern hemisphere of the planet that have yet to develop a culture, not a mentally deficient race. Think many thousands of years ago, like when the reimagined Battlestar Galactica first landed on "our" earth.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro-Magnon

ALIEN: 43,000 years ago, on our first visit to your world, we met a small group of nomadic hunters. They had no spoken language, no culture, except the use of fire and stone weapons. But they did have a respect for the land and for other living creatures that impressed us deeply. We decided to give them an inheritance, a genetic bonding so they might thrive and protect your world. On subsequent visits, we found that our genetic gift brought about a spirit of curiosity and adventure. It impelled them to migrate away from the cold climate to a new, unpeopled land. It took them almost a thousand generations to cross your planet. Hundreds of thousands of them flourished in their new land. Their civilization had a profound influence on others of your species. But then, new people came with weapons and disease. The Inheritors who survived scattered. Many sought refuge in other societies. Twelve generations ago, when we returned, we found no sign of their existence.
Native American's are not one unified culture but rather several diversified ones and not all respected or protected nature. Not to mention the fact that several tribes and desendants of those tribes still exist in Central & South America as well as right here in the USA.
Honestly, it's this line that igs me the most:

On subsequent visits, we found that our genetic gift brought about a spirit of curiosity and adventure.

While other humans have an innate sense of curiosity & adventure, those Indians were perfectly content to park themselves in the Arctic & never progress. They needed that genetic gift to get their asses in gear.

The Sky Spirits (and Jeri Taylor) can kiss my indigenous ass.
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