How Empires Behave---Badly
In the last days of his life Chief Sitting Bull wore the clothes of a poor white person in America. The traditional buckskin garments of his tribe, and all the other Native American tribes has been outlawed. No buckskin trousers. No feathered head dresses. The triumphant white government wasn't satisfied with genocide and removal to arid wastelands. All the visible signs of the Indian culture were meant to be obliterated.
Similarly, in 1747, on a large plain outside of Inverness in Scotland called Culloden, the British army put down the much smaller and insufficiently armed Scottish Clans. British cannons obliterated the final Scottish bid for freedom from under the British boots.
Then the tartans, the woolen plaids that the different clans wove for themselves and wore into battle were outlawed. English became the official language.
(In America and Scotland tribes and clans preserved their garments in secret.)
Empires invade occupy and destroy every bit of indigenous culture as part of their total dominance zero sum game. No such thing as a benevolent empire.
Why in the world am I mulling this info now, you might ask? I'm not certain. The specter of the collapsing British and American empires is evident and I seem to want to remember what it is that is coming undone before our eyes.