American Indian and Alaskan Native Veterans Served Proudly Too | Folklife Today
When talking about United States military veterans, there is a group that often gets overlooked–that of American Indian and Alaskan Natives. In fact, growing up, I don’t recall learning too much at all in school about their rich history and culture. Their story would only be a small part of the chapters on Christopher Columbus, […]
Omaha Hethu’shka Society Songs and Dances | Folklife Today
Historically, the Omaha Indian Hethu’shka Society were a group of highly respected men, voted into the group by unanimous consent of the society, who aimed to set a strong example for their people of the best attributes of a warrior. Although traditionally deeds in combat were the central test for inclusion in the society, such […]
American Indian Constitutions | In Custodia Legis
In celebration of Native American History Month, we have just added 428 Native American documents containing constitutions, charters, and acts from the years 1830 to 1960.
Native American Legal Struggles in Primary Sources
One of the most powerful effects of primary sources is their ability to complicate common understandings of history. As the raw materials of history, original documents are able to bring to light little-known details or neglected episodes that add complexity to oversimplified accounts.
Celebrating Native American Heritage: Whispering Giants
November is Native American Heritage Month and a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. When looking through the Library’s collections to find blog post ideas, I came across this picture of a carved statue of Cherokee leader Sequoyah taken by photographer Carol […]
Navajo Indians, blanket and belt weavers
1 photographic print. | Navajo woman weaving on horizontal loom in camp at Keam's Canyon, Arizona as a child, Nedespa, cards wool, another woman spins wool (left) and another women weaves at a belt frame (right).
The delegation of Sioux chiefs to ratify the sale of lands in South Dakota to the U.S. government, December, 1889
1 photographic print : albumen. | Photo shows twenty-one Natives posed standing and sitting for a group portrait, facing front, wearing western clothing; each is numbered according to corresponding printed below image.
Edward S. Curtis and The North American Indian
Photographs offer a snapshot of a particular time and place, telling a careful viewer as much about the photographer as about the subjects of the pictures. That’s often particularly true when the photographer isn’t a member of the group being photographed. One example from the Library of Congress’s collections is Edward S. Curtis, who dedicated most of his career to photographing Native American cultures and traditions to publish in a multi-volume book titled The North American Indian.
[Exterior view. Door detail, east entrance. Ogma and Sequoyah, sculpted bronze figures by Lee Lawrie. Library of Congress John Adams Building, Washington, D.C.]
1 photograph : digital, TIFF file, color.
Sequoyah: A Man of Letters | Picture This
The gentleman with the long pipe and the colorful garments (right) points to a document. What is it? Take a closer look (below). It does not appear to be a letter or excerpt from a text. Some letters are recognizable as part of the Roman alphabet: I can see an A, an H, a J, […]
American Indian and Native Alaskan Song
This essay is from the introduction to songs and dances from Many Nations: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Indian and Alaska Native Peoples of the United States, p. 266. See the full citation under Resources below.