My son wanted to visit a museum. After searching some of them we decided to go to Blackhawk Museum.
I had a little confusion about the museum. First I thought it was only an automotive museum. As my son is vehicle buff, we thought of taking him there. After we finished watching all the cars in display, we went to the second floor of the museum.
The second floor was totally different. The name was “Spirit of the old west”. First I couldn’t understand what was that. I saw the statues of two cowboys. Then I realized it was all about the history about the war between the native Indians and the white settlers.
As the settlers had been trying to move from east to west and trying to capture lands from the Indians, rift started between the two groups. After reading some of the write-ups there I found out that all the display article were a great collation of a person named Jerry Fick . He had a big collection of miniatures figurines depicting the life back at that time. That was a huge display Another person named Ken Behring created this museum with the collections.
There I saw a vast history of the native indians. I learned about their daily life, how gradually they lost to the American settlers, how the settlers occupied the land, how the life changed gradually.
Before the invasion of the settlers nomadic tribe lived on the land. The bisons were inseparable from their lives. They used each and every part of the bisons in their daily lives from food, clothing, and other things they used in their day to day lives, are made by using some of the body parts of the bisons. Apart from bison they also used she eps skins, rabbit skins in their lives. Their life was very simple moved around hunting, farming, and small trading.
They usually lived in small villages. One interesting fact I came to know that they named their children within 10 days of birth, with the name of the clan. The clan was usually created with the name of the successful hunters and their kins.In Fact Black Hawk was one of the prominent Indian leader. According to the native Indian everything possess spirit. To them Earth was most important, mother of all spirit.
All the pieces of history could be seen there. How gradually the settlers captured the total land. The transcontinental railroad created a drastic change among the civilizations. With flourishing railroad industry, the train robbery also increased drastically. Many of the robbers pictures could be seen in the museum. I saw picture of four brothers, who were police turned into out laws due to very small salary in the law keepers job.