The First People in America

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”

Tipi or Cabin?

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?”

The National Mammal

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”

The Map Deck

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”