History, thus conceived, served as a handmaiden of conquest, and a powerful one at that.
In the Indian way of thinking both stories are true because they describe personal experience.
Their truths are complementary.(p.133)Quite obviously, there are numerous possibilities of dealing with Native-white history, and the whole issue appears to be rather controversial.
Just because certain ways of thinking and portraying past events do not conform to one persons ideas of true history telling, does not make them less valid or true for other people who might have a very different outlook on life.
Keeping in mind that there exists quite a large number of different definitions of "truth", myths can be as true as written historical documents: In our thoughtworld myth and reality are opposites.[ ] In this world one story is real, the other, fantasy.