where would the Native Americans be if ----

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    ....how ''different'' would the Native Americans be if they weren't forced on to reservations/the buffalo were not decimated/etc? ...how long would they have kept their culture?
     
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    Do you mean how long they would have continued their stone age existence? Indefinitely, I presume, since they hadn't invented the wheel in 20,000 years.
     
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    Well, they probably wouldn't be mostly extinct.....
     
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    A good question.


    One thing that comes to mind, is the image of indians hunting Buffalo with rifles. With that technology adoption, their culture was already adapting and changing very fast.
     
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    yes---''their culture'' ..like Correll said, they were getting firearms ...I would think maybe with firearms, more tribes would've been decimated by other tribes--but overall, they would still have some of their culture ....
     
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    ....would they eventually learn that farming/domestic animals were much more efficient for food? etc?..I would think so---but it would take a long time
     
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    ...yes, it is horrible that their culture/etc was ''lost'' ..
     
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    There is nothing wrong with hunter gathering. If the buffalo were not decimated by white hunters, they could have been a good source of food for the indians forever.
     
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    ..sure,..... I'm thinking some of the NAs would observe the farming/etc and would want to try that .....
     
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    Ranching would be the next obvious step from hunting, I would think. The practice of "using all the buffalo" in their economy, would more easily transfer to "using all the cow".
     
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