Conflict Between Cultures

From the 1670s to the 1870s European and Indian ideas about the land were in conflict with one another.


The Indians were caught up in change of their civilization as they had known it. They could never go back to the way things use to be. The Indians thought about things one way, the white man another. The Indian believed the land belonged to the Great Spirit. Who, in turned, allowed the red man to take from it those things that he needed. For the white man the land was something to be owned and worked. As the American frontier continued to push closer to the future Iowa boarder, the Indians who had lived here found that the traditions of independence they had passed from generation to generation were quickly fading out and a new lifestyle lay ahead.

“First People of the Prairies,” The Iowa Heritage: Program # 1, Iowa PBS, 1979.