In today’s modern world, it is easy to tell time. There are clocks on buildings, billboards, cell phones and microwave ovens. Then there’s the old-fashioned grandfather clock in the hallway.
But what if you didn’t have a watch? What would you do then?
And if you didn’t have a calendar, would you know when winter was coming? When it was the appropriate “time” to plant? To harvest? How old you are? How long would it take for you to “forget” to mark down a day or several days, or several weeks, thus obscuring even your age?
Native people had certain signs that they relied on and they actually had a very good sense of “time” — even though it differs from what we would consider time today.
White Man’s Time Clock
For many tribes, the clock – the one the Europeans used and brought to America — was a strange thing that was not easily understood. Some tribes thought that since the clock moved on its own and that it sometimes made sounds, it was a living thing.
The simple truth here is that indigenous people considered time to be a part of the natural cycle of life.