Interesting blog post about when Maslow (best known for his “hierarchy of needs”) spent six weeks with the Siksika Nation in 1938. What he found there was:
astounding levels of cooperation, minimal inequality, restorative justice, full bellies, and high levels of life satisfaction. He estimated that ‘80–90% of the Blackfoot tribe had a quality of self-esteem that was only found in 5–10% of his own population’
Perhaps the egalitarian communalism that characterises so many First Nations societies is better for the human psyche than Western-style individualism.