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Welcome all with open minds. This is the story of Native Americans, First Nations, and other indigenous peoples of North America. This is the story of famous faces, intricate mythologies, great battles, brilliant minds, and preservers of a bygone era. Here we will cover the political and social forces behind Aboriginal-white relations from land claims to residential schools, cultural and linguistic traditions to colonial conflicts that continue to this day. We are not sensationalists, but advocates for a thriving culture that is steeped in tradition and mystery.

Sequoyah at Work: Creating the Cherokee Syllabary

Sequoyah began working as a silversmith in Willstown, Alabama in 1809. Due to the quality of his work, he soon earned a reputation as...

Strife in the West and the Rise of the Qualla Cherokee

The summer of 1839 was a dark time for the Cherokee exiles in Oklahoma. Secret trials resulting in the assassination of key figures within...

The Florida Keys: The Years Before Europeans

The Florida Keys, an archipelago of 1700 islands that covers 137.3 miles, begins at the southeastern part of the Florida peninsula, approximately fifteen miles...

Empire of the Summer Moon – A Review

S. C. Gwynne has written a history of the Comanches that gives us a new picture of Native American history, as well as the...

Motives for the Colonisation of America

During the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, Europeans developed the technology and ambitions which would be the foundations for colonisation throughout the British...

A Brief History of Lake Sturgeon in Menonminee and Ojibwe Culture

Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) is an ancient fish species that is native to North America. It is a large, cartilaginous fish that lives at...

On Trial in Alabama: Sequoyah’s Defense

Sequoyah nurtured a singular dream—to enable his people to record the rich tapestry of the Cherokee language in written form. After twelve years of...

Cultural Impact of the Cherokee Syllabary

With the acceptance of his syllabary as the official written form of the Cherokee language, Sequoyah was in the ascendancy. Even some of his...

Native American Moccasins: Basic Footwear of the Southern Indians

Moccasins are one of the more distinctive pieces of the Native American clothes. Still in use today this footwear has many different styles ranging...

The First Americans- A Humorous Take

The typical U.S. history course begins with a chapter on the original inhabitants of the Americas. When I was a student of U.S. history...
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