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Indian lacrosse game
Indian lacrosse game
George Catlin's 1846–1850 painting, An Indian Ball-Play, depicts Plains Indians playing lacrosse. In the painting, hundreds of men are on the field holding sticks. Several teepees are in the background.
Format: image/painting
Oconaluftee Indian Village
A model of a Cherokee Indian Village from over 250 years ago with guides in native costume to answer questions and explain their heritage.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
1677 treaty between Virgina and Indians: Article XVI
1677 treaty between Virgina and Indians: Article XVI
Article XVI of the 1677 treaty between Virginia and the Indians.
Format: image/document
Rankin Museum of American and Natural History
This wonderful museum has artifacts from Native American tribes, a Civil War exhibit, farming tools of days gone by, and exhibits of North American animals and fossils.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
William Penn's Treaty with the Indians
William Penn's Treaty with the Indians
Format: image/painting
Powwow dancer
Powwow dancer
At a powwow in Howard County, Maryland, a woman does a contemporary dance.
Format: image/photograph
The legend of Tsali
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 10.9
The story of a Cherokee man who resisted removal and founded the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Includes historical commentary.
Format: legend/primary source
Triracial segregation in Robeson County
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 5.3
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 3.7
Letter from the mayor of Pembroke, North Carolina, explaining the town council's request that a railroad company provide separate waiting rooms for each of the county's three races (white, black, and Lumbee). Includes historical background and commentary.
Format: letter/primary source
Museum of the Waxhaws and Andrew Jackson Memorial
The museum has numerous artifacts as well as a film that details the Waxhaws area's history.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Museum of the Cape Fear
This museum interprets the history and culture of southern North Carolina from prehistory to the present.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Guilford Native American Art Gallery
This art gallery focuses "sensitive critical attention on contemporary and traditional Indian art and culture." Visitors to the gallery will see the best in traditional and contemporary Native American art.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Wampum
Wampum
Circa 1890 photograph of string and belt wampum, a traditional form of money used by American Indians. Wampum consists of cylindrical beads made from the ends of shells rubbed down, polished, and threaded on strings, which were often combined to form bracelets,...
Format: image/photograph
Polk County Historical Association Museum
The artifacts found at the Polk County Historical Museum include pioneer tools and clothing, railroad memorabilia, military artifacts, a newspaper editor's office, and much more.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Along the Trail of Tears
A part of history is often forgotten when teaching younger students. This is the relocation of the Cherokee Indians when the white settlers wanted their property. The US Government moved whole groups of Indians under harsh conditions. This trip became known as the Trail of Tears. Using this as a background students will explore and experiment with persuasive writing as they try to express the position of Cherokee leaders.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Glenda Bullard.
Assiniboine hunting buffalo
Assiniboine hunting buffalo
Paul Kane's circa 1851-1856 painting depicts two Plains Indians on horseback hunting a buffalo. The introduction of horses by Spanish settlers changed the way Plains Indians hunted, allowing them to overtake buffalo by speed.
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County Population: Percent American Indian, 2000
County Population: Percent American Indian, 2000
Map shows the percentage of each county's population that identified as American Indian or Alaska Native in the 2000 census.
Format: image/map
Land occupied by southeastern tribes, 1820s
Land occupied by southeastern tribes, 1820s
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Cherokee leaders speak
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 4.5
Exceprts of speeches of Cherokee leaders protesting white encroachment on their lands during the American Revolution.
Format: speech/primary source
Routes of Indian Removal
Routes of Indian Removal
Map showing land and water routes taken by Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole Indians during removal to Oklahoma, 1838–1839.
Format: image/map
Pictographs at Canyon De Chelly National Monument
Pictographs at Canyon De Chelly National Monument
These pictographs of people were drawn by ancient Anasazi Indians. The figures are drawn with white, brown, and yellow pigments. Some of the figures have horns.
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