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What was life like at Akwesasne in the year 1300?

 


By Doug George-Kanentiio

A recent question came up in the Quora forum asking what life was like in North America in the year 1300. This is my response for Akwesasne specifically:

Breathing clean air, drinking pure water, great fishing and hunting, plenty of food, no religion, lots of leisure time, wonderful camping and swimming, no jails, no schools, no starvation, no “lords”, no masters, no corrupt popes or predatory priests, no social or economic classes, no pollution, abundance of animals, plants and trees, no kings, no castles or churches, a lot of singing, dancing and feasts, no sexism, no child abuse, lots of roaming space, plenty of personal freedoms, no cannons or firearms, no torture chambers, no inquisition or crusades, no alcoholism, no racism, living long lives, taking care of elders, washing kids, making clothing.

A stable democratic government, an alliance of many nations, ongoing trade from the interior to the eastern coast, whale hunting expeditions to the Gulf of St. Lawrence, best fish harvesting in the eastern part of the continent, comfortable clothing, noisy longhouses, lots of kids, many kinds of sports, food simmering in pots, crops in the fields, more feasting, wood cutting, home repair, ceremonies every lunar month, hunting in the Adirondacks, politics, art making, star gazing, campfires, gossiping, sharing news, traveling to visit relatives by canoe or trail, practicing the use of the bow and spear, attending weddings, giving birth, telling bad jokes, entertaining and more singing.

 

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