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Extinction of the Beothuk
Objective statement 1:
“The Beothuk’s numbers diminished rapidly following contact.”
The European population increased and the amount of fur-bearing animals needed increased, so conflict amongst the Europeans and Beothuk increased. Moreover, the Beothuk stole goods from us. There was no alternative that the Beothuk had to get killed.
Newfoundland was a peaceful place before the Europeans had gotten contact with us. Due to the fact that we had no immune response to European diseases such as tuberculosis, lots of our people were killed. European encroachment and slaughter further decreased our chances of survival.
Objective statement 2:
“The Beothuk have long been described as extinct, but Steve Carr says a more accurate phrasing is culturally extinct, as the science of DNA is now reshaping the story.”
Perspective: Beothuk peoples during first European contact
European settlers have been performing severe actions among our people, resulting in injuries and deaths. This rapidly decreased the chances of survival, due to the fact that our people had no natural resistance to their cruel actions.
Perspective: Modern Day Beothuk researchers
Research has shown that the Beothuk people may have intermarried with vikings or the ki’maq first nation peoples. Steve Carr, a biology professor at Memorial University has claimed “There is a living person who is genetically identical to Nonosabasut.” It is likely that members of the Beothuk people have branches that are still living today.
Objective statement 3:
“Increasing conflict between the Europeans and Beothuk resulted in deaths among both sides.”
Resources are scarce along the banks of the river, so we had to ban the people of Beothuk out of their homes for resources. Men of the Beothuk have also robbed a whole ship of the goods, so we adopted slavery for the sake of order, and killed everyone who did not obey.
Perspective: Beothuk people
European settlers captured indigenous peoples as well as captives who were sent to serve as the “exotic” new world, and many captives have died along the way. Beothuk peoples should not be treated to be slaves as they have their own right and freedom to live their own life.
The Beothuk which meant “the people” or “true people” were a group of indigenous people who traditionally inhabited Newfoundland. They usually lived in small groups and hunted animals and fished from the riverbanks which was their vital food source. During European contact, the Beothuk numbered about 500-1000 people, but as time passed by, more conflict between the European colony and Beothuk people occurred due to scarce resources. The Beothuk population was defined as extinct, but modern day research denied this claim for researchers found descendants/branches of the Beothuk people.
Objective statement 4:
“Their nomadic lifestyle was dramatically disrupted as increasingly they were cut off from the sea, a vital food source.”
Perspective: Beothuk people
The Beothuk population subsequently reduced from living along the exploited river system, having inadequate food and shelter accompanied by European diseases - tuberculosis - and even getting killed by Europeans. Our people should have the right to have freedom and we are glad to share our resources, but at the least we should have enough to be able to survive.
Perspective: European settlers
Developing our population and system needs more resources and goods along with labor. More manpower is still needed to explore other parts of the world, so our efficiency will increase. In this way, it will improve the chances of survival and finding even more natural resources to benefit the country.