Native American Histories


The history of Native Americans is a vast topic that includes mulitple tribes, nations, and peoples. It spans the length and breadth of time from the earliest American civilizations like the Anasazi up until modern times. Today there are dozens of recognized tribes in America. Much of the ancient peoples history was passed on through oral tradition from stories passed from one generation to the next.

Many tribes today are writing their peoples histories in an effort to preserve their culture for the future generations. Much of what is written about the Indigenous peoples came about after the European colonization of the Americas. History preceding this time is wrapped in the mystery of the stories, the folklore, the customs, and traditions of these peoples who lived as the predecessors of modern North America.

The arrival of the European colonizers and the Spanish conquistadors brought conflict to the Native American Indians as the old world and the new world clashed. The Indigenous peoples fought to preserve their identity which was rooted in their spiritual based customs. Native Americans practiced their unique form of spirituality through dance, ceremony, vision quests, and festivals. Shamans and medicine men served as spiritual guides and healers so they were an important part of the tribal life.

Native American ways greatly influenced the customs and traditions still practiced in North and South America. Libraries contain volumes of books on the histories, biographies, stories, legends, and cultures of the diverse Native American people. Universities and the Internet are another good source of information about Native American Histories. The following are some extensive resources t o begin your study.

A day of Native American recognition has turned into an entire month designated for that purpose.This comprehensive website covers special events that honor Native American heritage. There are links to museums including the notable Smithsonian Institution. Sponsors of this website include The Library of Congress, US National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and the United States Holocaust Museum. On the featured profile meet Loriene Roy, the current president of the American Library Association.

First Nations
Many Native Americans refer to themselves as "First Nations". The quotation "of the dust" comes from a Lakota Elder Luther Standing Bear Lakota. The Lakota Elders are revered and respected for their insight, wisdom and for their ability to teach other nations their traditions and their language. This website will allow you to search among the 48 tribes listed beginning with the Abenaki to the Winnebago nations. A geographic overview of each First Nation is a feature on the front page.

Index of Native American History Resources on the Internet Recordings of oral history are available as an electronic collection which can be downloaded using various media softwares. Property records are also available. Tribes are divided into geographical listings and a historical timeline.

NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE RESEARCH GUIDE This is an Electronic Resources and Library Resources guide.

Government - sponsored Native American Agencies This site provides sources for Native Telecommunications, technologies, networks, health service, and Federal Resources. Further connections for education and research sites rounds out the list.

Native American Art Network A gallery of the finest examples of Native American art directly from the artists themselves that will help you learn about the arts, culture, and history of our North American indigenous peoples. The Native American Art Network features authentic Traditional and Contemporary Native American Art of the highest quality. It represents individual Native American artists and families from the United States and Canada. The Network is 100% Native American owned and operated.

America's Great Partners Courtesy of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior.