7,000-Year-Old Prehistoric Native American Burial Site Found Underwater in Gulf of Mexico

Photo by Ivor Molleema, Florida Department of State In an unprecedented discovery, archaeologists identify a site where prehistoric people once buried their dead—now submerged beneath the waves. By Megan Gannon / 02.28.2018 Venice is Florida’s unofficial capital of fossil hunting. Divers and beachcombers flock to this city on the Gulf Coast, mostly seeking palm-sized teeth[…]

Direct Genetic Evidence of Founding Population Reveals Story of First Native Americans

Direct genetic traces of the earliest Native Americans have been identified for the first time in a new study. The genetic evidence suggests that people may have entered the continent in a single migratory wave, perhaps arriving more than 20,000 years ago. 01.03.2018 The data, which came from archaeological finds in Alaska, also points to[…]

The Ancient Native American Baby Carrier is Making a Comeback

Wakeah Jhane’s mother and little sister in family heirloom cradleboard / Photo provided by Wakeah Jhane Native women are once again embracing the cradleboard because it’s both artistic and utilitarian. By Chelsey Luger / 01.02.2018 There are strollers and swings, high chairs and play yards, vibration seats and musical floor mats. When it comes to devices[…]

Did Squanto meet Pocahontas, and What Might they have Discussed?

By Dr. E.M. Rose / 11.21.2017 Visiting Fellow, Department of History Harvard University Two of the most famous Native Americans in early colonial history may well have met in London. Matoaka, nicknamed Pocahontas, who lived near the Jamestown settlement in Virginia and Tisquantum, better known as Squanto, who greeted the Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts, were[…]

The Many Hands Shirt: Reuniting a Family and an Heirloom

Bessie Black Horn created the Many Hands shirt around 1910 to commemorate the “multiple handshakes” that her husband, Chief Daniel Black Horn, had with European dignitaries. / Photo by Daniel Black Horn By Dr. Stephen E. Nash / 05.11.2017 Archaeologist and Historian of Science Denver Museum of Nature & Science In late 2013, I got[…]

The Struggle to Protect a Tree at the Heart of Hopi Culture

To Hopi traditionalists—Hopis who practice traditional culture—the humble one-seed juniper tree has deep cultural meaning. / Photo by Mark Sykes In the American Southwest, the loss of juniper trees at the hands of mining and development could cost the Hopi a crucial part of their heritage.    By Stewart B. Koyiyumptewa (left) and Dr. Chip Colwell[…]

For Native Americans, a River is a Sacred Place

Colorado River. AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File By Dr. Rosalyn R. LaPier / 10.08.2017 Associate Professor of Environmental Studies The University of Montana The environmental group Deep Green Resistance recently filed a first-of-its-kind legal suit against the state of Colorado asking for personhood rights for the Colorado River. If successful, it would mean lawsuits can brought on behalf of the river[…]

Her Ancestor Was a Slave to Cherokee Indians. Now She’s Applying to Be a Citizen of the Tribe

The family story Perline Boyattia grew up with said her ancestors were Cherokee Indians. Her oral history was similar to the spoken record of other black families in Oklahoma. / Photo by Jenni Monet A landmark decision offers opportunity for healing between descendants of slaveholders and slaves. By Jenni Monet / 09.06.2017 Four days after[…]

Kumeyaay Native American Oral Literature, Cultural Identity, and Language Revitalisation

Kumeyaay coiled basket, woven by Celestine Lachapa, 19th century / Photo by Durova (Wikimedia Commons), San Diego Museum of Man   By Dr. Margaret Field / 12.19.2013 Professor of American Indian Studies San Diego State University The Kumeyaay Community of Baja California Anthony Pico, PhD, tribal chairman of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, speaking at[…]

Preserving Native American History in Ambrotype Photography

People at the United Tribes Technical College Powwow are photographed as an ambrotype in 2016. The crowd raised their right hands in support of Native Americans everywhere. / Ambrotype by Shane Balkowitsch Using an early photographic process, one photographer hopes to draw a line connecting what happened to the Dakota people in Mankato, Minnesota, 155 years[…]

Blackfeet Researcher Leads Her Tribe Back to Traditional Foods

Huckleberries / Creative Commons Forced assimilation destroyed most nations’ diets, but now Native youth are learning to integrate local foods back into their daily lives. By J. Gabriel Ware / 06.06.2017 Researcher Abaki Beck, 23, has vivid childhood memories of helping her mother, grandmothers, and aunts pick traditional foods and medicines on the Blackfeet Nation[…]

Ecuador’s Indigenous Cultures: Astride Orality and Literacy

Cofán Dureno indigenous activist in the Ecuadorean Amazon. / Rainforest Action Network, Creative Commons By Dr. Jorge Gómez Rendón / 12.19.2013 Professor of Anthropology University of Amsterdam Indigenous Languages in Ecuador: Survival and Change Distribution of Quechua sub-groups. Kichwa is shown in light blue / Wikimedia Commons Ecuador is the smallest of the Andean countries[…]

Why Native Americans Consider Water Sacred

An activist at a protest rally at the White House against the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines in Washington, D.C. Kevin Lamarque By Dr. Rosalyn LaPier / 03.21.2017 Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, University of Montana Visiting Professor of Women’s Studies, Environmental Studies, and Native American Religion, Harvard Universtiy The Lakota phrase “Mní wičhóni,”[…]

Native American Pottery

Navajo pottery / Dallas Museum of Art By Guity Novin / 03.23.2014 Graphic Designer, Artist The graphic design of the native American pottery is original and almost always symbolic . Technically, all known Pre-Colombian American pottery was made entirely by hand and there is no evidence that a native American potter ever invented the potter’s[…]

Geronimo: Life of a Warrior

Photograph of Geronimo kneeling with his rifle, by Ben Wittick, 1887 / Wikimedia Commons In 1906, Geronimo published his autobiography recounting the fascinating story of his life, from his years as a resistance fighter, to his capture and subsequent period of celebrity in which he appeared at the 1904 St Louis World Fair and met[…]

What Makes a Mountain, Hill, or Prairie a Sacred Place for Native Americans

A woman holds Pope Francis’ head during his meeting with representatives of indigenous peoples at the Vatican on Feb. 15, 2017. L’Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP By Dr. Rosalyn LaPier / 02.16.2017 Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, University of Montana Visiting Professor of Women’s Studies, Environmental Studies, and Native American Religion, Harvard Universtiy For several[…]

Utah’s New National Monument Marks Big Win for the Protection of Indigenous Cultural Sites

Road Canyon Citadel. Photo from Bureau of Land Management / Flickr. By permanently protecting an area rich in indigenous cultural history, Obama has shown that some things are worth more than money. By Jacqueline Keeler / 01.06.2017 On Dec. 28, with only 22 days left in office, President Obama set aside nearly 1.35 million acres in[…]

The Cherokee Are the Only Tribe Entitled to a Delegate in Congress. But Will They Finally Send One?

By Anthony Finley Co. of Philadelphia via Wikimedia Commons. To deal with a Trump administration, the tribal nation might now want to use that 200-year-old treaty right. By Tristan Ahtone / 01.04.2017 As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to occupy the Oval Office, much of Indian Country is bracing for the worst. But the U.S. Congress[…]

Cherokee Stories

These stories are from James Mooney’s History, Myths, and Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees. Mooney was an ethnologist that worked for the Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE) in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Between 1887 and 1890 he did fieldwork with the Cherokee, mainly in North Carolina but also in Oklahoma. He published[…]

Native Americans of Puget Sound — A Brief History of the First People and Their Cultures

By Kenneth Greg Watson Historian Current scientific data indicate that Native Americans arrived from Siberia via the Bering Sea land bridge about 12,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age. Native Americans in King County, who are united by a common Lushootseed or Salish language system, believe they were created in this area at the[…]

Pipeline 150 Miles From Standing Rock Spills Over 170,000 Gallons of Crude

The pipeline leaked an estimated 176,400 barrels of crude into Ash Coulee Creek near Belfield, North Dakota. (Photo: North Dakota Department of Health) Monitoring equipment failed to detect the breakage, and it is unknown how long the pipeline was leaking before a landowner discovered it By Nika Knight / 12.13.2016 A pipeline just two and[…]

BREAKING: President Obama Denies Final Permits to DAPL, Construction Halted, Law Enforcement Pulls Back

By Matthew A. McIntosh / 12.04.2016 Brewminate Editor-in-Chief The Army Corps of Engineers, on orders from President Obama, has issued directives that Dakota Access Pipeline construction be halted based on its current easement projection.  DAPL will not be allowed to run the pipeline through the Missouri River as planned. As protesters celebrate the victory, law[…]