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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 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...

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...

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...

Sequoyah’s Public Life

Despite seeking a quiet retirement among the western Cherokee, Sequoyah's popularity made him a much sought after figure. Sequoyah as Cultural Figure While the Cherokee...

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 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...

Medicine: A Gift from Plants to Man

In response to the harsh punishments inflicted upon man by the Council of Animals, plants came together and bestowed a most precious gift--medicine. Animal...

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...

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...

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...
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