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Native American History

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Columbus on Hispaniola, October 12, 1492 Changed the World

The shout, 'Land! Land! at 02.00hrs, October 12, 1492 by a sailor on La Pinta, altered the world forever. Europeans discovered and created...