The Achomawi were one of several bands known as the "Pit River" tribe of Native Americans who lived in northern Californiain the Pit River area, so named for the pits they dug for hunting purposes.
According to Unification teaching, the North American continent was hidden away by God, preserved for the time when the providence of restoration would come to fruition and the Kingdom of Heaven could be built upon the earth. The American Indians were the caretakers of this land, guided by God in their ways. The European descent upon America was part of God's destiny, however, the mindset with which they expanded their territory was self-centered. There should have been harmony between them and the natives. Certainly the native people, who knew the land intimately, could help the new settlers survive and prosper. Unfortunately, arrogance led the Christian whites to view the "Indians" as savages who needed saving; thus, the harmonious relationship that was meant to be did not take hold.
The Achomawi lived a relatively peaceful albeit difficult life prior to European contact. They traded with neighboring tribes, bartering so that each group had sufficient resources to meet their needs, and were able to manage their resources, such as fish, effectively through their understanding and desire to live in harmony with nature. When Europeans first arrived, they were able to relate to them through trade. But the Europeans did not live in harmony with nature, but rather exploited the natural resources of the area for their self-centered purposes. The California Gold Rush of 1849 disturbed their traditional lifestyle, bringing mining and other activities that took their lands and led to conflicts as well as diseases such as smallpox that ravaged their population. Finally, reservations were established and the surviving Achomawi were forced to relocate there.
Today, Achomawi live close to their ancestral homelands. They have combined features of contemporary life, such as operating a casino, with their traditional knowledge and ways, operating environmental programs that benefit not only their local community but the larger population as a whole. Unification Thought stresses that the Third Blessing is to have loving dominion over the environment. As people of the twenty-first century face environmental crises and seek ways to establish sustainable lifestyles, it can be hoped that it is not too late for the world to learn from the Achomawi how to live in harmony with God's creation which can then satisfy all our needs.