Indians of North America

An American Thanksgiving

Everybody knows that the Pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving, right? Well, probably not, but it was the Pilgrims' Thanksgiving that gave us our Thanksgiving holiday as we know it today.

The Pilgrims came to the New World looking for a way to worship God as they wished. They were not Puritans. Puritans wanted to change the Church of England to do away with its bishops but keep its ties to the government. The Puritans went on to settle the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The Pilgrims at the Plymouth Colony were Separatists.

The Longest Day: Traditions for the Summer Solstice

Take a moment to savor the summer delights and craft some new traditions while learning the legends of summer.

Ancient Stargazers

The Powhatan Confederation

By Jane Kosa

Pocahontas, the Powhatan princess who befriended the Jamestown colonists, married the Englishman John Rolfe in 1614, and is believed by many to have saved John Smith's life -- that is why the world knows the Powhatan Confederacy. Her father, Powhatan, almost alone, united the small scattered Algonquian tribes of present-day Virginia and Delaware into a thirty tribe group in the late 1500s. We know this group as the Powhatan Confederacy. The Confederacy included 128 Algonquian villages and 20,000+ people at its peak in the early 1600s.

Folktales of the American Indians

The tribes who lived in the Western Hemisphere before the coming of the Europeans were as different from each other as the countries that came to claim their lands. The many stories of the people who farmed, hunted, and herded in the plains, forests, deserts, and hills of what we call North America tell how they saw the Universe and the wisdom that they found in Nature.

Island of the Blue Dolphins

By Scott O'Dell

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Left along on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California, a young Indian girl spends eighteen years, not only merely surviving through her enormous courage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life. J Fic Ode
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Touching Spirit Bear

By Ben Mikaelsen

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After his anger erupts into violence, Cole, in order to avoid going to prison, agrees to participate in a sentencing alternative based on the native American Circle Justice, and he is sent to a remote Alaskan Island where an encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life.

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The Life and Death of Crazy Horse

By Russell Freedman

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A biography of the Oglala leader who relentlessly resisted the white man's attempt to take over Indian lands.

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Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest

By Gerald McDermott

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Raven, a Pacific Coast Indian trickster, sets out to find the sun.

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Raven's Light: A Myth From the People of the Northwest Coast

By Susan Hand Shetterly

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Explains how Raven made the earth, animals, moon, and sun.

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Paper Animal Masks From Northwest Tribal Tales

By Nancy Lyn Rudolph

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Masks that are simple and fast to make with materials usually found around the house. Could be used for school or scout projects.

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