Monthly Archives: June 2013

Thomas Asylum for Orphan and Destitute Indian Children

When I was transcribing the New York Indian Census records from the 1880s, I noticed that at the end of several tribal lists was a short, separate list called “Thomas Asylum” or “Thomas Orphans” with children listed. Indeed, the Thomas … Continue reading

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Cherokee Indian Guards at the Battle of Tazewell

During the Civil War, the battle of Tazewell, TN, took place beginning on August 2nd, 1863.  It happened outside of Tazewell, TN at the current location of the intersection of US 25E and Lone Mountain Road where it becomes Little … Continue reading

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Betty, An Indian, A Free Woman By the Laws of Nature

Lisa Y. Henderson, on her blog, Fourth Generation Inclusive, posts this information about Negroe Dick found in Pasquotank County, NC in 1788. The Petition of Negroe Dick at present confined in the Common Gaol of the County: — by the next friend … Continue reading

Posted in North Carolina, Quakers, Slaves, Yeopim | 10 Comments

Tuscaroras and Monacans

On the 1755 Lewis Evans map, in what is today Amherst, Bedford and Nelson County, Virginia, areas, the Tuscarora or Monacans are clearly marked. The David Rumsey map collection allows you to navigate and zoom in and out on this … Continue reading

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George Washington Letter to the Tuscarora

The French and Indian War took place from 1754 to 1763.  During this time, a significant amount of land was disputed, and fighting took place primarily in these regions and in borderlands.  The Native American tribes were key players, often … Continue reading

Posted in Catawba, Cherokee, Nottoway, Six Nations, Tuscarora | 2 Comments

Bonita Bent-Nelson, Quillwoman

Recent, I attended a powwow and met a remarkable artist, Bonita Bent-Nelson, also known as Quillwoman.  How she earned the name Quillwoman is obvious once you see her quillwork. But before we look at Bonita’s work, let’s learn a little … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Odawa | 3 Comments

Buffalo Bird Woman’s Garden

Buffalo Bird Woman’s Garden As Recounted by Maxi’diwiac (Buffalo Bird Woman) (ca.1839-1932) of the Hidatsa Indian Tribe Originally published as Agriculture of the Hidatsa Indians: An Indian Interpretation by Gilbert Livingstone Wilson, Ph.D. (1868-1930) In the words of Buffalo Bird … Continue reading

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The Autosomal Me Series Finishes with Identification of Native Family Lines

Finally, it’s done!!!  What’s done, you ask?  The final chapter in the DNA series, “The Autosomal Me.”  The goal of this series was to use my DNA results to see if I could identify which family lines carried Native heritage.  … Continue reading

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