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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.

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...