Shawnee Tribe

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The Shawnee Tribe is one of three federally recognized Shawnee tribes. They were the last Shawnee to relinquish their Ohio territory, and the last Shawnee tribe to gain federal recognition.

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Apache migration patterns

The Athabaskan people originally lived in what is now Alaska and Northern Canada. In the 1500s they began a slow migration South. The Athabaskan people we now know as Apaches migrated as far as southern Texas and Mexico.

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Visiting the Hopi Tribe

Hopi Villages are found at both the base and the top of the three mesas dominating the landscape. These mesas project to the north from the enormous Black Mesa formation like fingers on a giant hand.In addition to the mesas and villages, the Hopi people are internationally acclaimed as artisans.

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Choctaw History Timeline

Here is a timeline of important events in Choctaw history.

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Common Hopi Symbols

Hopi Maze Symbol

Here are some common Hopi symbols.

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Kokopelli, trickster God and fertility diety

Kokopelli is a trickster God and fertility diety recognized by many Southwest tribes that often appears in jewelry designs today. His picture has been found in petroglyphs dating back more than 1,000 years.

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Atsugewi Indians

The Atsugewi Indians are one of the eleven bands of California Indians that make up the Pit River Tribe. They were originally located in Northeastern California, south of the Pit River in what is now Lassen County and eastern Shasta County. Atsugewi is also one of the two Palaihnihan branches of the Hokan language.

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California Southern Athabaskan Cultures

The Southern Athabaskan speakers of California lived in Northwestern California, on the coast and inland, midway between San Francisco Bay and the Oregon border (Humboldt & northern Mendocino Counties). They included the Lassik , Mattole, Nongatl, Sinkyone, and Wailaki tribes.

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Comanche Timeline 1500 to Present

Here is a timeline of significant events in Comanche history from 1500 A.D. to the present.

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Most Populous Indian Reservations

Here is a list of the 25 most populous indian reservations in the United States, as of 2000.

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Native American Church

The story of the Native American Church is one of cultural survival, social adaptation, and moral revitalization. On October 10, 1918, an intertribal coalition of Peyotists achieved legal definition for their religion through the incorporation of the Native American Church of Oklahoma.

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How the Ponca aquired horses

Long ago, the people followed the Missouri River northward to a place where they could step over the water. Then they turned, and were going across the land. Then they met the Padouca [Comanche].

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Pawnee Beliefs

The Pawnee believe there are many powers in the world. At the creation of the world, lesser powers were made, because Tira’wa-tius, the Mighty Power, could not come near to man, or be seen or felt by him. These lesser powers dwell in the great circle of the sky.

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Why the Turkey Gobbles

According to Cherokee legends, in the old days, Grouse had a good voice and Turkey had none. Therefore Turkey asked Grouse to teach him. But Grouse wanted pay, so Turkey promised to give him some feathers for a collar. That is how the Grouse got his collar of turkey feathers.

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Unktomi and the Bad Songs

According to a Dakota Sioux legend, Unktomi was going along; his way lay along by the side of a lake. Out on the lake there were a great many ducks, geese, and swans swimming. When Unktomi saw them he went backward out of sight, and picking some grass, bound it up in a bundle.

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Rabbits and Turkeys Omaha Legend

According to an Omaha legend, Rabbit was going somewhere. At length he reached a place where there were wild Turkeys.“Come,” said Rabbit. “I will sing dancing songs for you.”

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Race between Hummingbird and Crane

Humming Bird and Crane were both in love with a pretty woman. She liked Humming Bird, who was handsome. Crane was ugly, but he would not give up the pretty woman. So at last to get rid of him, she told them they must have a race, and that she would marry the winner.

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The Eagles Revenge Cherokee Legend

Once a hunter in the mountains heard a noise at night like a rushing wind. He went outside his tepee, and found an eagle was sitting on the drying pole, feasting at the deer he had shot. So he shot the eagle.

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Bird Omens

The Sioux tell of the meaning of various bird omens.

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Buffalo and the Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear was going somewhere, following the course of a stream, and at last he went straight towards the headland. When he got in sight, Buffalo Bull was standing beneath it. Grizzly Bear retraced his steps, going again to the stream, following its course until he got beyond the headland. Then he drew near and peeped.

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The Sacred Pole

A young man who had been wandering came back to his village. When he reached his home he said, “Father, I have seen a wonderful tree.” Then he told his father about it. The old man was silent because all was not yet settled between the tribes.

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Tradition of the Calamet

In the days of the old men, far to the north there lived a nation with many villages. Their warriors were as many as the buffalo herds on the plains toward the Darkening Land. Their tepees were many on the shores of a beautiful lake and along wide rivers.

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Omaha Peace Pipe Legend

The Omaha people came across a great water on logs tied together. They pitched their tents on the shore. Then they thought to make for themselves certain bounds within which they were to live and rules which should govern them.

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Omaha Sacred Creation Legend

In the beginning the people were in water. They opened their eyes, but they could see nothing. As the people came out of the water, they first saw the daylight. They had no clothing. Then they took weeds and grasses and from them wove clothing.

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Origin of Strawberries

When the world was new, there was one man and one woman. They were happy; then they quarreled. At last the woman left the man and began to walk away toward the Sunland, the Eastland. The man followed. He felt sorry, but the woman walked straight on. She did not look back.

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Ancestors of the People

There are people who come from under the water. They lived in the water weeds that hang down, all green, into the water. They have leaves upon their stems. Now the water people lived in shells. The shells were their houses and kept the water out.

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The First Fire

In the beginning there was no fire and the world was cold. Then the Thunders, who lived up in Galun’lati, sent their lightning and put fire into the bottom of a hollow sycamore tree which grew on an island. The animals knew it was there because they could see the smoke coming out at the top.

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The Rainbow and the Flood

The Lenni-Lenapi are the First People, so that they know this story is true. After the Creation of the earth, the Mysterious One covered it with a blue roof. Sometimes the roof was very black. Then the Manitou of Waters became uneasy. He feared the rain would no longer be able to pour down upon the earth through this dark roof.

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Cherokee creation legend

According to the Cherokee creation legend, the earth is a great floating island in a sea of water. At each of the four corners there is a cord hanging down from the sky. The sky is of solid rock. When the world grows old and worn out, the cords will break, and then the earth will sink down into the ocean. Everything will be water again.

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Osage Creation Story

The Wazhá zhe version of the Osage creation story goes like this. Way beyond, once upon a time, some of the Osages lived in the sky. They did not know where they came from, so they went to Sun. They said, “From where did we come?”

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Kiowa Creation Story

You know, everything had to begin, and this is how it was: the Kiowas came one by one into the world through a hollow log.

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Half of Native Mortgage Applicants Were Denied in 2013

Half of American Indians applying for mortgages last year didn’t get one, according to federal data.

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Brule – A Concert for Reconciliation of the Cultures

This full length concert filmed live at Mt. Rushmore reflects the combination of traditional American Indian musicality with modern electronics to produce an amazing listening and visual experience. It is an enjoyable 56 minutes long.

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Origins and Lessons of the Ojibway Seven Teachings

Manitoba First Nation Elder Dave Courchene explains the origins and lessons of the First Nation Seven Teachings.

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Westo Indians

The Westo Indians lived in South Carolina along the central Savannah River in Colleton County. They apparently became extinct sometime before the early 1700s.

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“Chief” John Meyers, native american baseball player

Chief John Meyers, famous native American baseball player

“Chief” John Meyers, a Cahuilla native American,  was one of the most famous baseball players of all times. He was a catcher for both the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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Legend of Tahquitz

According to Cahuilla legends, Tahquitz (Taw’ kwish) is an evil spirit who hunts for people’s souls and is reported to appear in Tahquitz canyon  as a green meteor-like ball of fire. He was the first shaman created by Mukat, the Creator.

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Quotes from Kiowa Chief Santana

Here are some wisdom quotes from the great Kiowa war chief, Santana. Satanta was one of the most complicated men ever to rise from the Great Plains–a diplomat and orator who spoke eloquently in treaty negotiations, and was also a war chief who led his people at some of the bloodiest battles fought by the Kiowa warriors.

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Quotes by Chief Seattle

Here are some quotes by the famous Duwamish Chief Seattle from the Pacific Northwest. The city of Seattle, Washington is named after him, but Seattle is a mispronounciation of his real name, which is Chief Sealth.

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Quotes from Chief Joseph

Here are some quotes from the famous Nez Perce Chief Joseph. He is also known as Joseph the Younger, because he was named for his father, who is known as Joseph the Elder.

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Quotes from Geronimo

Here are some famous quotes attributed to Geronimo, the great Apache war chief.

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Crazy Horse Quotes

Here are some famous quotes attributed to Crazy Horse, the great Oglala Sioux war chief.

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Southern Paiute Tribes

The Southern Paiute traditionally lived in the Colorado River basin and Mojave Desert in northern Arizona and southeastern California including Owens Valley, southern Nevada and southern Utah. Terminated as a tribe in 1954 under federal efforts at assimilation, the Southern Paiute regained federal recognition in 1980.

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