History

The Road to Kingsbridge

The British ambush of the Stockbridge Indian Company on Aug. 31, 1778, not only caused the death of dozens of Native allies of the American Revolution and their leaders Daniel Nimham and his son Abraham, it fatally weakened the long struggle of the Mohican and Munsee peoples to preserve their homeland. Read more »

Marking the 400th Anniversary

An international conference in London this past March marked the 400th year since the daughter of Powhatan, best known as Pocahontas, died in England on a tour arranged by promoters of the new Jamestown colony. The wide range of scholarship represented there is helping to lift the veil surrounding this iconic but much misrepresented young lady. Read more »

Access to the Past

The Yale Indian Papers Project is opening tribal archives to online research, but even more importantly, it is helping to win acknowledgment of tribal identity. Read more »

The Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon has historic meaning for Northeastern Indian runners, some of whom came to national prominence in this storied race and left an indelible mark on its route. For Indian Country, the race is a continuation of the great indigenous tradition of long-distance running. Read more »

Unearthing the Story of Tibes

When Hurricane Eloise brushed southern Puerto Rico in 1975, it uncovered an ancient ceremonial complex buried for more than seven centuries. L. Antonio Curet, the Museum’s Curator of Archaeology, reports on the changing interpretations of its picture of indigenous social structure. Read more »

100 Years and Counting

Recollections of the transition to a Smithsonian institution. Read more »

The Mystery of the Two Gudrids

A puzzling passage in the Norse account of an expedition to Vinland 1,000 years ago has recently been recognized as a nearly verbatim record of an encounter between the Icelandic heroine Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir and a young indigenous, probably Beothuk, girl. It tells of a missed chance for peaceful Contact. Read more »

Patriot Nations

American Indians have served in our nation’s military since colonial times. In recent decades, they have served at a higher rate in proportion to their population than any other ethnic group. Why? For many, military service is an extension of their warrior traditions. Others serve to reaffirm treaty alliances with the United States. Still others serve for sheer love of home and country. Read more »

The Art of Capturing Horses

Toward the end of World War II, Joseph Medicine Crow (Apsaalooke [Crow]) performed one of the traditional Plains Indian feats of valor, relieving the enemy of his horses. Here in his words is that famous episode. Read more »

Army Logic

In a military irony, a U.S. Army unit recruited from the Iroquois Six Nations of New York was posted to its historical homeland in North Carolina and heroically repulsed an attack led by several of the Confederacy’s most famous officers. Read more »