The colonial powers paved the surface and built on shallow foundations, trying to negate and overcome the Earth. They have plowed down a few inches, they have shaved off the forests, they have killed off what they found troublesome and inconvenient. They believed they needed nothing and no one but themselves to prosper, never looking beyond immediate profit, never counting its actual cost.
The indigenous nations are the earth, their roots go deep, and–like the Earth itself–will outlast the shell the European conquerors and colonizers have laid over it.
The surface may change, and though some things are killed and lost, the world that taught its truth to those who lived in it still has that truth, still teaches to those who pay attention, whatever place their ancestors came from.