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 left Earth rather than surrender to their conquerors the Greeks. This matriarchal society lived on Venusia for centuries with two other people groups, the Drakronons and Timaeuns. When the Amazónes and Timaeuns banded together to defeat the too-numerous-to-control Drakronons, they accidentally doomed Venusia and were forced to travel in space for a new homeland.
Upon arrival on Simterra, the Nativians, as they are typically called, 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.
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.
Today, SimNatives still have a rich and beautiful culture, preferring to live in tight-knit communities (tribes), leading simple lifestyles, and living off the land as much as possible. They still prize community art and maintain the oral tradition of passing on stories between tribes and generations. They also make the bulk of their living through agriculture, fishing and hunting, visual and performing arts, and selling goods such as clothing, candles, children’s toys, tools, jewelry, furniture, etc.
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.
There are subtle differences between the SimNatives and other Simterrans – like their ability to withstand extreme temperatures with their darker, tougher skin. Most Nativians 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.
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.
Nativians believe in the Div’Ven. Their religion is called Order of the Div’Ine. The Div’Ven houses Nokoina, the caretaker of the earth for the Nativian peoples. She is based on the Algonquian legend of the Earth-Mother or “Grandmother” known as Nokomis. Their religion is called Anima by outsiders.
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.
Nativians have various practices and traditions unique to their culture.
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.