SimNatives lived on Simterra long before the arrival of Simmians. They are believed to be descendants of the Amazónes from Venusia (Sol-System Venus) and Amazons from Earth.
The Amazónes lived on Earth on islands off the coast of Greece. They were matriarchal warriors. They were nearly annihilated by the Greeks.
Escaping Earth, they settled on Venusia/Venus on the Ishtar Terra continent with advanced technology from the Drakronon. For two centuries, they lived in complete harmony with the other inhabitants, the Drakronon and the Timeauns. When they tried to hunt dragons to extinction, they nearly destroyed the planet. Escaping once again with the Timeauns, the Amazónes headed for the outer reaches of space, and settled on Simterra.
Upon arrival, they renounced their technology and warring ways in favor of peaceful living, and in hopes of never destroying the land or another culture again. These first SimNatives called themselves Venusians and they called the planet Nuvensimia. They brought with them the few remaining dragons from the Sol System as penance for nearly destroying the Drakronons.
When the Simmians arrived on Simterra, they forcibly took the planet and the SimNatives were unable to fight back or defend themselves due to their lost technology and peaceable ways. SimNatives were commonly used as slave labor in the early days, unable to defend themselves against the technologically advanced and politically powerful ruling class of the Simmians. Many SimNatives died out due to illness or were killed trying to escape or rebel. Nativian/vampire hybrids (si’brids known as si’keola) opened brothels for the Simmians in order to operate at night, make a living, and save their lives.
In the early days, Nativians were known “animal whisperers” and their spiritual practices were considered good luck for sailing on the seas, breaking new ground on a building or even a town, and taming wild horses. Nativians partially influenced “pirate” culture with their love of parrots.
As time went on, SimNatives were gradually paid in housing, food, trading goods, and eventually simoleons thanks to the hard work of many SimNative leaders and sympathetic Simmians. Early SimNatives are considered to be highly advanced technologically due to meticulously kept tribal chronicles, artwork, and oral tradition. However, much of this technology was lost or incorrectly attributed to Simmians, mostly due to urbanization of the land and the rise of universalism (the forced conversion of one people group to another people groups’ religious beliefs/practices). This is predominantly spearheaded by the Jacoban church.
Later, once the Sims were driven from the SimNative islands, the Nativians gradually allowed trade with the Simtannicans, Deutchsims, and Championnes. They were also later influenced by the Simspanians, particularly Emporadans. Many SimNative islands are protectorates of Emporada. The Loyoleans built missions and mixed settlements to learn the language and customs of the Nativians.
The Nativians were affected by the Great Tatata Famine (the southern potato) in the Simiribbean. They were prohibited from purchasing new lands by Emporada and Simspania (and this contributed to the difficulty with farming potatoes). Size of land was restricted for Nativians so only potatoes could be planted as a mass crop. Export taxes were also increased on all foods except for potatoes. When a blight struck the crops, those who were renting their lands couldn’t pay their lease fees because they were unable to sell their food, and therefore many were forcibly removed from their lands. Many died because they attempted to eat tainted potatoes out of desperation and starvation. Many Nativians emigrated to the Northern SimNation and the Simtannican Isles.
Later history brought Simpanese immigrants. They built the Theater of Peace and introduced the Sutuai religious beliefs (a branch of Anima – including honoring ancestors, honoring the spirits of animals, respecting nature, seeking peace and balance, practicing kindness, discerning wisdom, and revering the Sacred Power). The Nativians incorporated Tupai (ancestor worship and honor) into their religions beliefs.
SimNatives speak Nativia ‘the native tongue’ and call themselves Nativians. They are sometimes called first-landers by non-SimNatives and this is considered a racial slur. Nativian culture utilizes a combination of Simlish and Maori languages. Some Nativians speak their patron state’s language, Emporadese.
There are subtle differences between the SimNatives and other Simterrans.
- They have the ability to withstand extreme temperatures (for this reason they often settle in hotter regions of the world like the Simiribbean or Osimceana) through tougher, darker skin.
- The women are more muscular as they train for battle, though recently, more Nativians appear more delicate and thinner.
- They have reddish eyes.Legend says the reason for the red tint is a forced reminder of the destruction of Venusia in flames. The Drakronons cursed the Amazónes for their foolishness, giving them the ‘tohu o te ahi‘ or the mark of fire.
- They prefer a paleolithic diet of vegetables (particularly squash), fruits, nuts, roots (including potatoes and peppers), seafood, and meat (though pigs and chickens are saved for special holidays, weddings, and funerals).
Societal Structure and Cultural Practices
SimNatives who comingled with Simterrans but kept their SimNative culture are considered Nativians, though they are hybrids called Si’brid (pronounced Sigh-bred). Many have their own compounds separate from traditional SimNative collectives due to discrimination. Non-natives who marry SimNatives are called Nuvensims.
Nativians have a matriarchal society. When marriages occur, the man joins his wife’s tribe or tri’bune. It is customary to present a green prayer stone instead of a ring during a proposal. Genealogy is matrilineal. A Nativian collective or tri’bune is headed by a woman called an ahmi, caretaker. Typically, she remains unmarried due to her responsibilities.
It is typical for Nativians to share common meals and activities. They also share common dwellings, though a den moeder may have her own quarters. Sometimes large collectives will have separate family dwellings, though generations will often live together.
Common bathing is also a ritual, more like an evening soaking with family and friends. The time is also used as a way of shedding one’s earthly layers and connecting with the spiritual realm through purification, relaxation, and meditation.
One tradition is a warming ceremony. During the ceremony, Nativians (and guests) sit before a fire in a cross-legged position. The spiritual leader or den moeder leads the group meditation. The purpose is to go deep inside one’s consciousness and to focus on fears, burdens, and pressures in order to identify and acknowledge them, and release them to the universe and to let oneself be “warmed” and freed from negativity.
Traditional clothing is often worn during religious ceremonies or spiritual quests. For women, this is called a hona. Typically, it is dyed red and brown; the red represents life blood and the brown represents the earth, ancestry, and connections to the past. The side is specifically cut out to represent vulnerabilities, and how everyone is connected with one another by spirit. A flower crown, called a kelila, is worn to represent beauty. The shoes are called toenga and represent balance.
Religious Practices and Customs
Nativians have various practices and traditions unique to their culture. Most Nativians practice some form of Anima. Some still practice Venusian pantheism.
Some Nativians still worship Veni (or Venus) and are considered cult followers. Religious scholars have used the term Div’Inenation to describe the collective religious beliefs of he SimNatives in academia. See more.
Other Nativians practice the Jacoban faith, after converting via Loyolean missionaries. They often choose Saint Simcent as their patron saint (of sailors, nectarmakers, and bricklayers) due to their history at sea and building for the Simmians.