A story that has been circulating the internet has been the tale of Chief Two Eagles. According to what I believe to be somewhat of a hoax, the following conversation took place between the Chief and a U.S. Government official.
Indian Chief “Two Eagles” was asked by a white U.S. government official, “You have observed the white man for 90 years. You’ve seen his wars and his technological advances. You’ve seen his progress, and the damage he has done.”
The Chief nodded in agreement.
The official continued, “Considering all these events, in your opinion, where did the white man go wrong?”
The Chief stared at the government official, then replied.
“When white man find land, Indians running it, no taxes, no debt, plenty buffalo, plenty beaver, clean water. Women did all the work. Medicine man free. Indian man spend all day hunting and fishing: all night having sex.”
Then the Chief leaned back and smiled….
“Only white man dumb enough to think he could improve system like that.”
While this is a very insightful, it is often accompanied by a picture of “the chief”. However, none of the pictures of this fictional chief are the same. Below, I display a sampling of some of these pictures.
These pictures are of three clearly different men.
I understand that the author of this tale meant to hearken back to a simpler time and possibly increase the popularity of the Noble Indian. However, by simply going to the internet to find a picture of any Native American to go along with the story, I believe that it denigrates the actual person whose picture is used by utilizing the mentality that all members of a certain minority look alike.
It is also disrespectful to Chief Two Eagles, should the man actually exist.
In an age where plagiarism is as easy as a copy/paste and respect for elders declines, it is important to pass a message to the next generation that the lessons of wise men are more than anecdotes… and to find real stories that inspire.