Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The 5 Civilized Tribes?

and what made the Five Civilized Tribes, Civilized you ask?

They had a farming culture - the plains Indians are the nomads but Cherokees usually lived in small houses near a stream and were farmers...thus they were civilized...

from Wikipedia:

All human civilizations have depended on agriculture for subsistence. Growing food on farms results in a surplus of food, particularly when people use intensive agricultural techniques such as irrigation and crop rotation. Grain surpluses have been especially important because they can be stored for a long time. A surplus of food permits some people to do things besides produce food for a living: early civilizations included artisans, priests and priestesses, and other people with specialized careers. A surplus of food results in a division of labour and a more diverse range of human activity, a defining trait of civilizations.

from me: so I guess those in fields other than farming are uncivilized.....:)

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