Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Cooper Skull – The Oldest Painted Item in the Americas

Archaeology is fascinating.  It looks like a lot of fun, and it is for the first half hour or so, or until you begin to sweat profusely or you find the first tick attached to your body in some dark and … Continue reading

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The Shawnee Bluejacket Family

The Shawnee Bluejacket family reaches back into the mid-1700s.  Records begin with Chief Bluejacket himself, also known by his Native names of Se-pet-te-he-nath, Big Rabbit, his name given at birth and Wa Weyapiersehnwaw, his adult chosen name, found in use … Continue reading

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Paul Heinegg’s Native Heritage Introduction

Paul Heinegg on his website http://www.freeafricanamericans.com provides the following (extracted) introductory material focused primarily on the records involving Native Americans in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. After the Civil War, light-skinned African Americans who owned land in the Southeast did not fit … Continue reading

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God Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise

When I was growing up, this was something we said all of the time.  Given that many small farm streams were crossed without bridges, which worked find most of the time, a swollen stream would cause problems.  Most of the … Continue reading

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Scotch Irish Influence on Native Names

We all know that the Scotch-Irish immigrated to the colonies, and then the States, in droves, spurred by warfare and famine.  Many times these most hearty of pioneers settled on the frontiers as they did in Pennsylvania, then the Shenandoah … Continue reading

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Alaska Culture Comes Alive in Tanacross

Alaska seem so remote from the continental US.  That’s because it is in more ways than one.  During my visits to Alaksa, I have always felt like I stepped back about 40 or 50 years in time.  Things are different there.  … Continue reading

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Oliver Cromwell, an Indian Patriot from New Jersey

Oliver Cromwell, an Indian of possible “mixed descent,” served in the 2nd New Jersey Regiment in the Revolutionary War.  While in his mid twenties, he enlisted at the beginning of the war.  He served in the 2nd Regiment of the … Continue reading

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