Elias Boudinot: a Native American Pioneer Essay

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6 December 2013
Elias Boudinot: A Native American Pioneer

“Oh, what is a man who will not dare to die for his people? Who is there here that will not perish, if this great nation may be saved?” – Elias Boudinot, Cherokee Nation, December 29, 1835

There might not be any other ethnicity in the United States that has suffered as much deculterization, destruction and blatant ridicule by the majority ruling class than the Native American people. The very beginning of Anglo settlement in the new world marked the beginning of the end of the very way of life and culture that the native people enjoyed prior to the rampant spread of disease and warfare that would come to symbolize the Native relationship with the Anglo-European people of the
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Elias Boudinot’s early life before his work with the Cherokee Phoenix was a signifier of the greatness he would strive to achieve later in his life as one of the most respected Cherokee Nation members of his time. His early life also helped build his apathy towards the Anglo culture and his willingness to push for acculturation within his own culture. Elias Cornelious Boudinot was born in 1802 as Gallegina Uwati, and was went by the name Buck Watie early in his life. Boudinot was born in the Cherokee Nation’s capital, New Echota, in present day Gerogia to one of the wealthier Cherokee families. His father, David Watie, and uncle, Major Ridge, were already involved with Cherokee high affairs, and also shared the adult Boudinot’s thoughts towards Anglo civilization (Parins 3). In 1818, Boudinot’s father chose to enroll Boudinot in the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions located in Cornwall, Connecticut, a move that would eventually mold young Boudinot’s attitude towards the white way of life. At the time of enrollment, Boudinot was still going by the name Buck Watie, but due to the influence of the American Bible Societies President and former Continental Congress President, Elias Boudinot, Buck Watie would enter the school under his mentor’s moniker. The name he would be known as for the rest of his life (Parins 4). Boudinot excelled at his new school and was even regarded as one of the schools best students. By 1823,

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