Freedom, however, is not a central core theme in the teachings of indigenous peoples. There are sometimes evolutionary themes, but those themes, such as among the creation teachings of the Navajo or Pueblos, focus on lessons of gaining increasing moral community and knowledge about how to sustain spiritual balance among tribal members, other peoples, and the powers or spirits of the cosmic order. Spiritual balance, the golden rule, moderation, working within ritual and life constraints, fulfilling ceremonial duties, maintaining individual and community moral commitments, and accepting individual and community responsibility for proper moral and ceremonial relations are core values for indigenous communities.
When Europeans from hierarchical, top-down societies first encountered Indians, they were surprised. They had never really understood that people could live without popes, kings, and lords telling them what to do.
For more on the subject, see Indians Gave Us Enlightenment and Hercules vs. Coyote: Native and Euro-American Beliefs.