We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This is exactly true. But the nugget in all of this is today all descendants of indigenous people are not responsible for what their forefathers did just as all Americans are not responsible for a handful of slave owners and all African-Americans are not tainted or constrained by their forefathers history. All of us are our own person and are responsible for our own failing and successes and not for someone elses failures or successes.
My indigenous ancestors engaged in ritual human sacrifice and cannibalism as well as infanticide. The normal punishment for any offense which went against the chiefs or broke a kapu was instant death. Fortunately, Christian missionaries came in 1820.
Other missionaries came to other Polynesians as well. This is the result (Samoan hotshot firefighters in California):
I knew a family who has a "slave killer" club from the west coast. Apparently, during potlatches, it was not unheard of for the family giving the potlatch to show their contempt for worldly possessions by killing some of their slaves.
Some years ago, went to "Head Smashed In" buffalo jump - a low cliff over which the western prairie Indians would herd the buffalo. There are quite a few buffalo jumps in the Rocky Mountains foothills: given they were a stone-age culture, guiding the animals to stampede over a cliff was probably the safest possible way of killing them, though not without hazard. Listened to the description of how this was done, and came away with the sense that protecting and preserving animals was the least of their concerns. Indeed, their culture demanded that every animal in a given herd go over the cliff - their sense was that any survivor would tell others not to return to that area.
Given the precarious nature of their existence, I do not fault the Plains Indians for getting as much food as they could whenever it was available. However, given the waste at these jumps, I will call them on their hypocrisy when pretending to be stewards of nature and only taking what they needed.