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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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 Crossing of America by Mackenzie and Lewis and Clarke

The two great trans-continental journeys of Mackenzie and Lewis and Clark revealed the breadth of North America. Sir Alexander Mackenzie 1764-1820 A fur trader in Canada,...

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...

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...
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