The First People in America
Rethinking Clovis: When Humans Made it to America
Who were the first people in the Americas? When did they arrive? The answer to these questions, as with so much of archeology, depends on who you ask.
For years, school children have been taught that Native Americans are descended from hunters who left northeast Asia to follow game across a Continue reading “The First People in America”
5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Ravens
Did American Indians Use Ravens to Hunt Buffalo?
The Raven is an important figure in American Indian culture. Generally seen as playful, ravens have been revered by some tribes and supposedly used for hunting by others. Here are five facts you didn’t know (you wanted to know) about ravens: Continue reading “5 Facts About Ravens”
Staying Warm and Dry on the Plains
European settlers built squat, square structures out of wood with dirt floors and rectangular openings for doors, windows. They cut a hole in the roof for a chimney. These cabins were familiar and deemed sufficient to keep enough of the cold and wet out to make life bearable. Settlers considered the Native Peoples’ dwellings to be less civilized, but what they didn’t realize is that the tipi is a resourceful and innovative dwelling. Continue reading “Tipi or Cabin?”
United States Names Bison as National Mammal
The United States is known around the world for her expansive size. It is no surprise, therefore, that our National Mammal would be the largest in North America.
On May 9, 2016, President Barack Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act, naming the North American Bison as the official National Mammal of the United States. This important piece of conservation legislation elevated the bison to equal standing with the bald eagle as symbols for the nation. Continue reading “The National Mammal”
How Playing Cards Helped POW’s Escape During WWII -The Map Deck
Throughout WWII, the British produced hundreds of thousands of maps on thin cloth and tissue paper for soldiers to carry with them. It was hoped that if a serviceman was shot down behind enemy lines, he could use the map to help him evade capture and find his way back to safety. The size and weight of these British maps also made them useful in clandestine wartime activities. Continue reading “The Map Deck”
Before the Beads: A History of Comanche Jewelry
When you mention American Indian beadwork, most think of decorative jewelry made from small, brightly colored beads arranged in intricate patterns. However, the glass beads of today were introduced by European setters. Continue reading “Comanche Jewelry”
Symbolism of the Comanche Flag
As the Lords of the Plains, the Comanche spent much of their lives on horseback. Four feathers adorn the lance of the flag’s warrior. This number is sacred, symbolizing four directions, four seasons, and four stages of life. Continue reading “Comanche Flag”
A Family Member Sent to Propose On Your behalf – Comanche Wedding Rituals
While we think “diamonds” when we hear the word proposal, if you belonged to the Comanche tribe in the early 19th century, “horses” would have been your token of love. Continue reading “Comanche Wedding Rituals”
Coming of Age Ceremony a Sacred Tradition to the Rite of Passage
The transition from boyhood to adulthood, and from a young lady into a woman is a passage that all youth must cross. For Comanche boys, this rite of passage was recognized with a sacred Coming of Age ceremony. Continue reading “Comanche Rite of Passage”
Comanche Used Smoke Signals to Communicate From Far Away – Comanche Smoke Signals
In this day and age, it’s hard to imagine what we would do without our cell phones, but if you were in the Comanche Tribe, sending long distance messages was easy. Continue reading “Comanche Smoke Signals”