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Powwow dancer
Powwow dancer
At a powwow in Howard County, Maryland, a woman does a contemporary dance.
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Prairie outside Town Creek Indian Mound
Prairie outside Town Creek Indian Mound
The tall grasses growing outside the palisade of Town Creek Indian Mound approximate the area's native prairie. When the town was inhabited by Indians of the Pee Dee culture, around the eleventh century, it was probably surrounded by this kind of vegetation....
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The present state of Carolina [people, climate]
In Colonial North Carolina, page 2.1
Excerpt from John Lawson's 1709 A New Voyage to Carolina describing (and mostly praising) the European and native inhabitants, weather, and natural resources of Carolina, as well as what settlers should bring with them from Europe. Includes historical commentary.
Format: book/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by David Walbert.
The process of archaeology
In Prehistory, contact, and the Lost Colony, page 2.11
Archaeologists use several processes to address questions about the past. They may gather new data by conducting regional surveys to locate archaeological sites. Occasionally sites are partially or completely excavated to address specific research questions or to salvage information prior to disturbance by a development project. All data recovered are thoroughly analyzed following scientific inquiry procedures before conclusions are reached.
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Quick study: Archaic Period
A “cheat sheet” covering basic information about the Archaic Period and its key characteristics.
Quick study: Mississippian Period
A “cheat sheet” covering basic information about the Mississippian Period and its key characteristics.
Quick study: Paleoindian Period
A “cheat sheet” covering basic information about the Paleoindian Period and its key characteristics.
Quick study: Woodland Period
A “cheat sheet” covering basic information about the Woodland Period and its key characteristics.
Recovering artifacts by waterscreening
Recovering artifacts by waterscreening
Photograph of a student waterscreening soil removed from an archaeological feature at the Occaneechi Town archaeological dig.
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Recovering charcoal by flotation
Recovering charcoal by flotation
Students retrieving charred plant remains by flotation.
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Reflection over the ice in Iceberg Lake, MT
Reflection over the ice in Iceberg Lake, MT
Reflection of a rock cliff over ice floes in Iceberg Lake, Montana. The park protects over one million acres of land in the Northern Rocky Mountains, from lakes and valleys formed by glaciers to forests, alpine meadows, and rugged peaks. It is known to Native...
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Removing plowed soil
Removing plowed soil
Photograph of students excavating and sifting plowed soil at Occaneechi Town.
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A report from the Rutherford Expedition
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 4.4
In 1776, responding to Cherokee attacks, General Griffith Rutherford led an expedition against the Cherokee, taking slaves, burning villages, and destroying crops and food stores. This report of the expedition was written by Captain William Moore to General Rutherford. Includes historical commentary.
Format: letter/primary source
Revolutionary North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the era of the American Revolution. Topics include the Regulators, the resistance to Great Britain, the War for Indpendence, and the creation of new governments.
Format: book (multiple pages)
The rocky course of Avalanche Creek in Glacier National Park, MT
The rocky course of Avalanche Creek in Glacier National Park, MT
The rocky course of Avalanche Creek in Glacier National Park, Montana. Avalanche Creek marks the easternmost edge of moisture-loving forests. Cedars, hemlocks, and several other species more common to Pacific Coast forests can be found here despite the inland...
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Route of the Trail of Tears
Route of the Trail of Tears
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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.
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The Rutherford Expedition
In Revolutionary North Carolina, page 4.3
The Cherokee, hoping to protect their lands from white settlement, sided with Britain in the American Revolution. In 1776, responding to Cherokee attacks, General Griffith Rutherford led an expedition against the Cherokee, taking slaves, burning villages, and destroying crops and food stores.
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The search for El Dorado
In Sir Walter Raleigh and South America, page 4
The legend of El Dorado predates the arrival of Spaniards in South America. The Chibcha people of present-day Colombia apparently performed an annual ritual where the leader was coated in fine gold dust, which he then washed off in a lake during a ceremony....
By William M. Wisser.
Sequoyah
Sequoyah
In this nineteenth-century portrait, Sequoyah is shown with a tablet depicting his syllabary or writing system for the Cherokee language.
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