Have you ever wondered where the Indians get "GREAT SPIRIT" from? Where did they get the idea of "HOLY MAN" or "SACRED GROUNDS", why do you think the Indians gave so many gifts of gold and silver to Columbus? Remember what Columbus said? "The Indians treated me as though I was a God." But this was first when the Indians seen him. But he changed their thoughts quickly and the Indians realize that this is a bad God.
Columbus wrote: As soon as I arrived in the Indies, on the first Island which I found, I took some of the natives by force in order that they might learn and might give me information of whatever there is in these parts.
The information that Columbus wanted most was: Where is the gold? He had persuaded the king and queen of Spain to finance an expedition to the lands, the wealth, he expected would be on the other side of the Atlantic - the Indies and Asia, gold and spices. For, like other informed people of his time, he knew the world was round and he could sail west in order to get to the Far East.
Columbus's report to the Court of Madrid was extravagant. He insisted he reached Asia (it was Cuba) and an island off the coast of China (Hispaniola). His descriptions were part fact, part fiction:
Hispaniola is a miracle. Mountains and hills, plains and pastures, are both fertile and beautiful...the harbors are unbelievably good and there are many wider rivers of which the majority contain gold...There are many spices, and great mines of gold and other metals...
The Indians, Columbus reported, "are so naive and so free with their possessions that no one who has not witnessed them would believe it. When you ask for something they have, they never say no.
To the contrary they offer to share with anyone..." He concluded his report by asking for a little help from their Majesties, and in return he would bring them from his next voyage "as much gold as they need...and as many slaves as they ask. " He was full of religious talk: "Thus the eternal God, our Lord, gives victory to those who follow His way over apparent impossibilities."
No wonder the Indians had bad reputation of hatred against white people. They were being mistreated since the first time white man stepped into their land.
Regardless what happen, Columbus was light skin and certain tribe of Indians thought he was the "GREAT SPIRIT".
Since Christ was a fair skin man and did one time talk to these Indians saying I will return for you; handed down from generation to generation that a Great Spirit will come for them.
He told the Jews in St John 10:14-16 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep (people), and am known of mine.
As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep (people).
And other sheep (people of other lands) I have, which are not of this fold (Jews); them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
So in your opinion where did they get this idea from? How did they know of a Great Spirit that created the earth and sky, the animals, the fowls, water, etc.... where did they get this knowledge from?
They knew before the white man came to this continent and yet the Gentiles from another land changed their life style, killed them and torture them for their land. They forced their Christian beliefs down their throat and treated them like dirt. The Indians knew it along.
After Joseph Smith translated The Book of Mormon he realizes who the people are. He called some missionaries to teach the Indians over the next few years before his death by the Christians mobs.
Taught the Indians who they are and where their ancestors came from. Yes, there where some Indians who do not believe but there are some who did.