Beast Treaties

They were a pestilence, coming upon us in so many ways- with guns, knives drawn behind empty handshakes, bringing sickness and fire. No matter how many we killed, no matter how firmly we stood, they just kept coming. It was we who saw our numbers dwindling, our villages emptied or turned to ash. The death and desecration and misery was beyond what our gods had prepared us for. There were no ancestral stories to tell in the night which were more brutal than what we’d seen in the day, and so there was no wisdom to draw on… no comfort. In the end, staring at their piece of paper, the one they said would make it all stop, I took the pen and did the only thing left for me to do- I drew a tiny little elk’s head.

09.08. filed under: history. people.


Very interesting post—something I had never heard of before.

posted on 09.08 at 02:29 PMChris Kearin


Docent jaime busts mad instruction. I did not know about any of this. Fascinating.

posted on 09.09 at 09:37 AM.


Amazing research and a typical Nonist topic as well.

posted on 09.09 at 05:23 PMorangeguru


Magnificent. Thank you.

For what it is worth, a friend of mine, who is Pamunkey, said that part of maintaining the treaty involved an annual presentation ritual with the state governor. Apparently, the Pamunkey representatives are or were expected to wear “traditional” garb, presumably from the time the treaty was made. My friend said he’d do that when the governor also wore “traditional” garb from the same time period.

posted on 09.13 at 06:20 PMJane


Fascinating and wonderful. I posted to my blog and linked here. Thanks!

posted on 09.18 at 09:22 AMmark


Beautiful drawings. Collected they emerge as an extraordinary work of art. Each symbol contains so much more than the letters and sounds of a written name.

posted on 09.21 at 07:40 PMCarla

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