Wednesday, November 02, 2005

John Wesley Powell was an explorer who was among the first white men to traverse the Grand Canyon. After his exploring days were over, he became the director of the US Geological Survey, and the head of the Bureau of Ethnology. It was in this capacity that he visited many of the native American tribes. One tribes he visited was the Moqui. The Moqui indians had one request for Powell. They explained that the name Moqui was the name their enemies used for them. They wished to be called Hopi. Powell took that request and changed the official recognition of the tribe to Hopi.

It is with this type of thought that two opposing sides in an argument should approach each other when they try to talk. By taking this type of view, it removes a lot of the barriers to and finding common ground.

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