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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...

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...

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...

Sequoyah in Retrospect

In the years following the relocation of the Cherokee Nation, Sequoyah set out on a last mission, aimed at reuniting his scattered people. Sequoyah...

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...

Contemporary Native American Pow Wow

PowWows are enjoyable social events still celebrated today, deeply rooted in the past and to a solemn time. The word PowWow is an anglicized...

Sequoyah and the “Talking Leaves”

Inclusion within a particular language family does not automatically cement a tribe to a specific social-political origin. Such is the case with the Cherokee...

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...

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...

The Power of the Cherokee Syllabary: Sequoyah and A-yo-ka

In 1821, Sequoyah completed a project that had consumed him for nearly twelve years. After much experimentation, he produced a syllabary for the Cherokee...