The Kiowa have long been a small tribe. Our Kiowa language is in the Tanoan family which includes Tiwa, Tewa, Towa and other languages of the Puebloan tribes. Tanoan descends from the Uto-Aztecan family, and even today the Kiowa know the Yaqui of Sonora as our cousins. Other ancient cousins include the Taos, Tigua, Jumano, Paiute, Mono, Shoshoni, Comanche, Kawaiisu, Chemehuevi, Tubatulabal, Hopi, Cahuilla, Luiseno, Juaneno, Pima Bajo, O’odham, Opata, Tepehuan, Rarámuri (Tarahumare), Mayo, Huichol, Cora, Nahuatl, and Pipil. Some of these tribes descend from our progenitors, the Hisatsinom. They were once called the “Anasazi”, but this term is a Diné term meaning “enemy” and is considered derogatory. It should not be used.
We Kiowa split off and headed North sometime around 1100-1300 when the Hisatsinom moved out from our advanced cities such as Chaco, Mesa Verde, and hundreds of other metropolii. For some time we lived in the Yellowstone region of Wyoming, and Xòâi (Bear Lodge) became an important place.
Many of our cousins retained the Puebloan culture, but we Kiowa left to create and subdue the Great Plains from the forest state it was previously in. This was done through the most radical and large-scale program of land-repurposing and domination ever accomplished in human history. Our work created convenient hunting grounds, specifically engineered to nurture a plethora of game. In fact, even today, many Kiowa are accomplished engineers and renowned artists.
My grandfather and his family lived on the plains, following buffalo in the places they knew they would be, and fished in the river places where they knew there were fish, knowledge that had been attained from traveling through these paths in our lands for many years and learning the ways of the fish and of the buffalo. His mother spoke to plants and learned to use them for healing. As a child he saw some of the last Kados (Sun Dances), performed around summer solstice. During his childhood, the U.S. Army hunted his people, with orders to exterminate them if found, whether or not they offer resistance, and to refuse any surrender or claims of being peaceful. Eventually the U.S. Army caught up with his family and others as they were moving lodge, with the men riding up front, and women and children bringing their belongings behind. The U.S. Army was under orders to start by killing the women and children, knowing this would cause the warriors to break apart and each run to defend his wives and children. This made it easier to exterminate all of them. His mother the healer told him to run, he did. Orphaned by the massacre, he raised himself from a small age, caught fish, and snuck into homes and stores of settlers at night to take their bread. Over time he became an artist. As an adult, he earned a living doing graphic design and sign painting, roaming from town to town, never settling down, always remaining a free and sovereign citizen of our nation.
His son, my dad, was a roamer his whole life and never stayed in one place for long, always remaining a free and sovereign citizen of our nation. I don’t move around as much anymore. I have my own personal territory here which I protect fiercely. I remain a free and sovereign citizen of my nation.
Now, notice that nowhere have I mentioned anything about living on a reservation. I wasn’t raised on a reservation somewhere and neither was my father. If you want me to fly off the handle, tell me that I am not a real Indian because I wasn’t raised on the reservation. I will tell you that actually I was raised in the real Indian lifestyle of roaming around and moving constantly. Life on the reservation/concentration camps has as little to do with traditional Indian culture as life in internment camps has to do with traditional Japanese culture. Would you claim that Japanese people who have not been through the internment camp experience are not “real Japanese” people? Do you see how not just idiotic but repulsive such an argument is? Would you perhaps claim that black people who do not live on a plantation picking cotton are not “real black” people? Or that only Jews who suffer in concentration camps are “real Jews.” I have to wonder when will these stereotypes be put behind us, as well as the absurd requirements that one must continue to be actively imprisoned or enslaved in order to claim one’s ethnic or cultural identity. I’m not some quaint relic from the past that dresses in a cute outfit and behaves in a predictable manner according to some archaic racist phantasies.
You may be able to guess from this what I think about claims that the only real Indian music involves solo flute, skin drum and a tortoise shell rattle. Such a claim is a racist demand that we lead quaint lives in accordance with your phantasies. In addition, these are ritual instruments which are not used in commercial recordings anyway, so expecting to find them is hoping to get us to engage in sacrilege.
The lie works as follows: “Those savage indians are so primitive that they have no laws and they don’t comprehend or believe in ownership like us enlightened Europeans. Therefore, there is no loss to them if we take their property because they don’t believe in ownership. We need feel no guilt over this because what they have is not construed as property by their communist society. Besides, our god has given us their land, their crops, their women, their songs and their stories to do with as we please. Our god has given us dominion over all animals, including the indians. It is a scientific fact known to all respected scientists that cranium measurements of the red man has proven beyond all question that these pathetic, property-less creatures are not human, but a lower evolved animal. It is our natural right, upheld by the Supreme Court of our land, to dominate them and our responsibility to steward the land and resources upon which they ignorantly squat, starving if it were not for the crumbs we occasionally throw their way out of pity.”
The argument that we are too primitive to comprehend who things are given to and who they belong to is a self-serving and insidious argument. It is used to take things that have not been given, and it has always been used for this purpose. When it comes to intangible heritage, especially those things used of a spiritual nature given to a specific people including songs, stories, symbols, rituals, and dance, it is particularly bad medicine to take these things. Doing so brings great harm to the people who wrongly take these things, to their own culture, harm to their descendants and shame to their ancestors.
We didn’t have copyright law, but we sure did believe that creative art works belonged to the person to whom they were revealed by the spirits. For someone else to take that gift without it being intended for them was one of the worst things possible and was a grave offense against the spiritual world. It was the prerogative of any one who was so guided to, to give a revealed song to another, or to give it to the tribe for all with the right understanding. But without that explicit consent and intention, the song was to die with its author, never to be sung again. This was a matter of respect of not just the artist, but of the intentions of the sources of the art. This same law applies to stories, just as it applies to secret knowledge. Those who steal such things bring calamity upon their lineage.
2006 October, Update — Thank you for visiting. I have received angry mail about the things I’ve said here. Let’s just agree to disagree. I don’t really want to receive emails containing perspectives on why the genocide was justified, or statements that nothing can be done to make it right because that is all long ago in the past and any change is impractical and inconvenient for you.
Note that this page is a list of propaganda that ‘makes me fly off the handle’. If you read this page and then send me an email about how no indians had any concept of property, or other issues which I have explained here, it will be considered intentional hate mail. You will be placed on my “Dead To Me” list, in exile, and I will not speak to you or of you.
I do not wish to buy suggested books written by sociologists, political scientists, or other academics justifying their salaries, positions and ideological agendas. We are tired of being reduced to stereotypes, used and abused to support your own utopian fantasies, and expected to dance for you. Mail me the book if you want me to look at it, but I’m not buying it myself, and I don’t promise to read it. I might. I might not. If I read it I may say nothing, or I may report it is racist propaganda for reasons that should be self-evident. I am no one’s puppet. You may presume yourself to be a friend of the Indian peoples, but I have come to realize that is unlikely.
Treaties, diplomacy, and so-called peace are well-known tactical tools of war and genocide by the talking monkey men.
Australia had an annual Sorry Day for a few years. This was a day set aside in May for non-native Australians to reflect on the atrocities they had committed against the Aboriginal Australians. Implicit in this day is that there is something to apologize for. They were not trying to make things right, but they were at least acknowledging that something was done that was in some way wrong.
The United States is very far from even this basic first step. The persecution of Aboriginal Americans by both the government and by the entire populace is ongoing. Smug and even gleeful intellectual and legal justification runs rampant. There is absolutely no true awareness that there is even anything to be sorry for. Any sort of apologies offered are not sincere.
500 years ago, visitors from europe appeared on these shores. They were received with hospitality and friendliness. The Europeans had only one thought on their mind — where is the gold and spices and the slaves for the taking? Europeans attacked the natives, raped them, took them prisoner, stole whatever they could find and enslaved them. We were not prepared for this. We had never seen anything like this. If you had a conflict with someone, it was usually over some affront, such as a controversy over a stolen bear claw. Never before had anyone seen people just arrive and start slaughtering and raping and stealing. The concept of and behavior of psychosis was unknown. Indian society had respect for property and for the individual person. No one just showed up somewhere and started with such insanity without provocation. Psychotic, deranged madness of entire populations hellbent on destroying entire other cultures and the concept and practice of genocide was the main thing brought to this land from Europe. Insanity is the fundamental mind state of the European.
After many years of this, natives started fighting back. When we did, we were labeled as savages and as enemies of the god of the europeans, a god who is known in their language as Satan. Indeed it was true — the natives were enemies of Satan, the god of the europeans.
Over time, a new group of europeans arrived speaking a language called English. They said they were escaping the other Europeans who were persecuting them in a dispute over who the true god was. At last, sane people. This was a great relief to meet people from the land of the Europeans who were also being persecuted, as the indians were, by the madmen. The newcomers, puritan separatists, were left to stay and the indians brought them food and helped them to survive. This was the process of hospitality known in our land, to welcome refugees. But over time the puritans became clones of the first group. Their god commanded them to kill the indians again and take their land and rape them. This was commanded by their god under the name of Manifest Destiny, an idea that their god had given them all these lands and that they, the puritans were a resurrection of an ancient people known as the israelites. The puritans explained that the original israelites had offended god and had been cast off. They were the new israelites and this land was their new country of israel. But it was all a lie. They were not disciples of the god of the israelites, they were instead disciples of the deceiver Satan. The true israelites were a scattered people and continued to worship their God. But when puritans discovered these true israelites in their midsts, they called them devils and persecuted them, just as they persecuted the natives.
A price will be paid. The spilled blood of millions of my people cries out from the earth.
2006 November 23 (National Antixenia Day) — You might wonder why I don’t use the term ‘native american’, which you have been told by other talking monkies is the approved politically correct term for us Indians.
Indians don’t use this term, which is fundamentally racist. Native means ‘born’. By changing the identity of Indians to ‘Native Americans’, the talking monkey peoples redefine us as merely being people who were born in this hemisphere, as opposed to anyone who might have any special rights. That’s phase one. Phase two is the ‘sudden realization’ by the talking monkey people collective groupthink that “oh my gosh, look, talking monkey americans are native born americans too! So we’re all the same, you have no special claims, in fact, you don’t even exist.”
The term “American Indian” or “Indian” is in some ways technically incorrect, but at least it was not chosen for tactical reasons, to commit genocide by redefinition.
2010 October 2
I was informed today by an abusive but well known talking monkey author (with many devoted fans) that because I have a goatee I am not a real Indian because it is a well known fact Indians can’t grow beards.
A common misperception by the public regarding American Indians is that none of us have facial hair due to a genetic defect which is not present in Europeans. This is not an innocent myth, but is a tactical move within the same continuum of claims regarding other physical traits such as cranial volume size and skull morphology, the measurement of which has the cargo cult appearance but not the substance of genuine scientific activity, and which always concludes that Indians are less evolved than talking monkies, supposed to be a primitive regression in the history of man. You may recall from your school years depictions of Indians in history textbooks as living some sort of stone age cave man existence, and seldom were there mentions of the large cities many Indians lived in, the extensive road systems, the advanced astronomical, agricultural and societal advancements achieved, or the fact that the foundational ideas of the U.S. Constitution were inspired by the Constitution of the Confederacy of the Five Nations which was written in 1390. (And don’t get me started on the surreal and bizarre crazy-talk that Indians had no written languages or history.)
Not everything that is measured is scientific and not everything that is claimed to be measured was measured and not everything that is measured was measured accurately and not everything that was measured accurately was interpreted correctly. There’s a lot to go wrong in there and errors along those lines account for most so-called science that we see in journals but is in reality nothing more than cargo cultism, which means going through the motions but not understanding the substance.
In olden days customs regarding hair varied by tribe. Obviously not all tribes have the same customs or history. For many tribes facial hair was considered unattractive and all hairs were plucked out as they came in. For others, beards were worn when one became older and more mature.
In April 1778, Captain Cook observed of the Pacific Nootka tribe, “They have either no beards at all, which was most commonly the case, or a small thin one upon the point of the chin, which does not arise from any natural defect of hair on that part, but from plucking it out more or less; for some of them, and particularly the old men, have not only considerable beards all over the chin, but whiskers or mustachios, both on the upper lip and running from thence toward the lower jaw obliquely downward.” (The Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World, 1842 edition, Second Volume, Book IV, Chapter 2, pg 275.)
On the opposite coast, the esteemed Thayendanegia, chief of the Six Nations, was asked about facial hair customs on April 19, 1783. He replied, “The men of the Six Nations have all beards by nature; as have likewise all other Indian nations of North America, which I have seen. Some Indians allow a part of the beard upon the chin and upper lip to grow, and a few of the Mohawks shave with razors, in the same manner Europeans; but the generality pluck out the hairs of the beard by the roots, as soon as they begin to appear; and as they continue this practice all their lives, they appear to have no beard, or, at most, only a few straggling hairs, which they have neglected to pluck out.” (Particulars relative to the Nature and Customs of the Indians of North America by Mr. Richard M'Causland, The European magazine, and London review, Volume 9 By Philological Society, June 1786, page 399.)
Remarkably, despite the historical record of Cook and Thayendanegia, some authors such as Dr. William Robertson the author of the 1777 tome “History of America”, having observed the many tribes and assuming us savages, conclude that the well groomed and generally clean state of Indians comes from a supposed physical defect over which we have no control. The irony here is that most Indians have always valued grooming more so than the european visitors, even commenting on the disagreeable smell emanating from the visitors who almost never bathed. In contrast to the Indian habit of daily bathing, sweat baths, and careful grooming, bathing was considered by european visitors to be a source of sexual arousal and temptation and was avoided as sinful.
As you can see, issues of grooming have varied widely among various cultures historically.
It is extremely interesting how someone will see something, such as a few photos of Indians without beards, form false conclusions from such a limited sample set, and start promoting their lack of understanding as a truth. It rapidly attains its own substance as a belief for its own sake that they are convicted by, and by which others must adopt as well. The claims then become a dogma, and even confronted with the reality, or gently informed that their assumptions were mistaken, they will still stubbornly hold to these wrong beliefs, going so far as to launch attacks, change the subject, bring up new false claims, etc. We see this behavior in a lot of cults, where it is almost a governing dynamic.
Hair issues are very interesting in the context of human rights and choice. There has been a recent case of a Lipan Apache boy in Texas who was persecuted by the public school he attends because he openly wore the double braids that are customary for males in his and many related tribes, including my own. The state felt it had the right to dictate hair choice and this was a power they assumed in return for attending public institutionalized schools. For his family, having the braids goes beyond mere custom and is a religious expression which the boy has chosen to adopt. A court agreed and ordered the school to change their policy.
2010 October 3
Here we go again with the questions about government checks. Someone wants to know if I am getting my monthly check from the federal government for being an Indian. This is a common racist question so let’s make it part of this page that has become a faq for madmen, why not, eh?
Inquisitors asking this think that it is a clever question. If their victim answers yes, then he is a helpless welfare recipient unable to provide for himself, dependent on a superior talking monkey race for his daily bread. (Or as your U.S. Supreme Court states, “an ignorant and dependent race” “wards of the nation ... dependent on the United States ... for their daily food.”) If he says no, then clearly he is not a properly vetted government approved Indian and is a fraud. It is a clever question since answering either yes or no leads to damnation. It is not clever on the part of the inquisitor himself though since they are not the racist who first thought of it: they just borrowed the question from another supremacist who passed it along to them. Each time someone asks this question of an Indian they show not that they are clever but only that they are a fool, a racist, and an imbecile.
Here is the answer. There is no government check for being an Indian and there never has been. It is an outlandish and false racist claim. Here is the official statement on this matter from the U.S. Department of the Interior: “There has long been a myth that Indians receive a monthly check from the U.S. Government because of their status as Indians. There is no basis for this belief other than misinformation and misconception of the status of American Indians.”
If that doesn’t answer all the questions anyone has regarding this idiotic affair and stop them from asking this inane question ever again, then nothing will. Why? Because the only reason it is asked is not curiosity, it is because racist inquisitors want to assert that each Indian they meet is either a useless welfare recipient or not a “hunnert percent gen-yoo-ine gub-mint approved injin”. And that makes the inquisitor a retard. Oh gosh sorry if anyone is horribly offended by this harsh language, yet amazingly manage to simultaneously believe it is not offensive to say racist stuff about Indians. I am sick of the racism and the foolishness. All of the people who ask these loaded questions which they already know the answer to should feel free to crawl into a hole and hit themselves on the head with a stick until they come to their senses.
We have not addressed the question: should there be a payment? Yes, there should be. Every single thing that has been stolen needs to be tallied up and paid back. I estimate the cost to be 100 quadrillion dollars, or $333.3 million to be paid by every man woman and child who is not a member of a tribe. The number is going up each year. That’s not welfare though. That’s justice. Since there is no way to pay it back, part of this payment must be to return all of the land, deoccupying it totally. That will be only a small part of the payment as the ransacking of natural resources and polluting must both be fully recompensed as well with interest, and in addition there will be payments for damages caused by concentration camps known as indian schools where culture, language, faith and customs were intentionally targetted for destruction as part of the genocide, and payments for short life expectancy and infant mortality due to abusive conditions imposed over the many generations that the genocide actions have been taking place.
No more of these sorts of questions. If anyone has more such concerns and questions about my identity and ancestry please write the questions down clearly, place them in an envelope, put a stamp on the envelope, and forcefully insert it up their rectum. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.
2010 October 9
We have observed the Second Monday of October as Genocide Day for many years. We mourn the death of our relatives and the theft of our property on this day. I have been informed that some talking monkey people in Berkeley in 1997 decided this day should be called Indigenous People’s Day. Indigenous People’s Day is not a bad idea, but why on this day, the day the federal government celebrates under a different name as the beginning of our genocide.
Indigenous People’s Day on this particular day is extremely offensive and must be stopped. It is exactly the same as deciding to celebrate Jewish People’s Day on the day that Hitler rose to power. Why would anyone think that was a good idea? It is not. Move Indigenous People’s Day to some other day and let us mourn our relatives in peace.
What other day then? August 9 is International Indigenous People’s Day, that will certainly be one possibility that is brought up. However, it was a day set by UN non-Indigenous bureaucrats who claim the right to determine who is Indigenous and who is not (They say indigenous must have “certain economic structure”, what is that about? Keeping us poor?), so perhaps that is not a good day either.
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The use of the term “talking monkey” is intended to respect and honor the white creation myth concerning their origin. No offense is intended nor should such be inferred. It is acknowledged that the monkey origin hypothesis is weak, the best current hypothesis is that their origin is actually a hybrid of chimp and pig.