Monthly Archives: August 2014

Tracing Cherokee Ancestors

Several years, ago – we’re talking in the decades now – before the internet and e-mail….you know, back in the dark ages…I visited the Muskogee County Genealogical Society in Muskogee, OK. I was that certain that my oral family history … Continue reading

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The Last Wukchumni Speaker

In central California, before the European arrived, it’s estimated that there were 50,000 Wukchumni speakers.  Today, there is only one, Marie Wilcox, born in 1932, who is making a dictionary of this language so it won’t be entirely lost, while teaching her daughter … Continue reading

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George Galphin’s 1776 Will

In South Carolina’s McMullan’s Law Reports, from Nov 1840-May 1842, we find only one document of interest regarding Native Americans.   But that article is indeed, VERY interesting. A will, sworn and signed in April of 1776 by George Galphin is … Continue reading

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Indigenous Law Portal

Recently, the Library of Congress introduced the Indigenous Law Portal as a gathering place for legal documents pertaining to the indigenous people of the Americans.  Today, they are working on the US states, but they will be adding Canadian First … Continue reading

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Edward Curtis, Shadow Catcher, Photographer of Native Americans

Many of the images we have of Native Americans today, we have only thanks to Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1962), a man with a mission.  His life work was to photograph and document the Native American Indian and their disappearing culture. Curtis … Continue reading

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Indian Land Cessions Maps

This collection provides maps of the land cessions made by American Indian Nations during the interval between the formal establishment of the United States and 1894. It consists of all sixty-seven maps from Indian Land Cessions in the United States, … Continue reading

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