Monthly Archives: July 2013

Hugh Waddell’s Castaway Indians – 1756

I’m ever so grateful for subscribers who are intensely interested in Native American history.  Clay read one of my articles, and contacted me regarding a question I asked.  He also provided much of the information below.  Thanks Clay. Roberta Estes: “It … Continue reading

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1756 Dinwiddie Letter to George Washington

The Dinwiddie letter to George Washington is in relation to the French and Indian War.  Another relevant article is a letter from George Washington himself recruiting the Tuscarora, who are referenced here.  Hat tip to Fix for this GenWeb article. Bertie … Continue reading

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5,500 Year Old Native Grandmother Found Using DNA

Members of the Metlakatla First Nation Community near Prince Rupert, BC who collaborated with an international team of scientists in a genetic study of aboriginal people, including excavated remains that link them to their 5,500 year old Grandmother.  Photograph/handout courtesy … Continue reading

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1911 Map of NY Onondaga Indian Reservation

1911 Map of the Onondaga Reservation in New York. Source:  New York State Archives. Education Dept. Division of Visual Instruction. Instructional glass lantern slides, ca. 1856-1939. Series A3045-78, No. 88.

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The Ket People of North Asia – Ancestors of Native Americans

Enjoy this lecture, “The Peopling of the Americas and the Dene-Yeniseian Connection”  by Dr. Edward Vadja who visited, lived among and studied the very remote Ket people in far northern Russia.  The Ket are ancestral to the Na-Dene and Athabaskan people … Continue reading

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1910 NY Map of Indian Reservations

1910 map of NY with locations of Indian Reservations Source: New York State Archives. Education Dept. Division of Visual Instruction. Instructional glass lantern slides, ca. 1856-1939. Series A3045-78, No. 42.

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Native Nations Map – 1491 Census

Indian Country reports that Aaron Carpella, of Cherokee lineage, created a map that shows the locations of the various tribes at first contact, along with their original names.  Aaron says that it took him 14 years to do the research … Continue reading

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1793 Map of Six Nations Boundary in New York

Map Source:  New York State Archives, A0448-79, Recorded Indian treaties and deeds, 1703-1871 (bulk 1748-1871). Vol. 1, p. 45. This early map of NY from 1793-1794 shows the Six Nations borders, marked in yellow, as well as Indian paths, mountains, waterways, roads, place … Continue reading

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Ancient DNA Analysis From Canada

Recently a new academic paper focused on Native American ancestry hit the news.  Ripan Malhi’s molecular anthropology and ancient DNA lab at the University of Illinois, shown above, in Urbana, Illinois has successfully extracted DNA from remains of individuals whose bones … Continue reading

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Chief Dan George Laments Canada’s 100th Birthday

Chief Dan George (1899-1981) was an Indian Chief, an activist, an actor and a poet.  His best-known written work was “My Heart Soars.”  In this YouTube video, the poem is read by his son, Chief Leonard George. Former Chief of … Continue reading

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