Native American History: More Than 300 Dakota Sentenced to Death

Native American History: More Than 300 Dakota Sentenced to Death

This Date in Native History: On November 5, 1862, a five-man military commission convicted 319 Dakota men in connection with a series of armed conflicts in southwestern Minnesota. Of the 392 tried, 307 were originally sentenced to death—later reduced to 303—and 16 to prison terms. Ultimately, 38 men were hanged after a review of those […]

Native American History – Turtle Island: The Original Name for North America

Native American History – Turtle Island: The Original Name for North America

The name Turtle Island comes from the Aboriginal Creation story Turtle Island was renamed North America after a Spanish explorer, Amerigo Vespucci The Anishinaabek are one of the most widespread nations of the Aboriginal People of Turtle Island. There are Anishinaabek people living from The Canadian Sub-arctic across Turtle Island into Mexico. Many Native nations […]

Native American History – How the Powwow Began

Native American History – How the Powwow Began

“Powwow was an Algonquin term, “pauwau” or “pauau”, which referred to a gathering of medicine men and spiritual leaders. “Pauwauing” referred to a religious ceremony, usually one of curing. In the 1800’s the European explorers observing these religious gatherings and dances mispronounced the word as powwow. (Jennings, The Invasion of America, p. 241.) In 1646 […]

What Is the Hmong Two-String Violin Instrument?

What Is the Hmong Two-String Violin Instrument?

What is the Hmong Two-String Violin instrument? DESCRIPTION AND PURPOSE OF THE TWO-STRING VIOLIN The Hmong Two-String Violin is made from wood, coconut shells, plastic, wire, string, and horsehair. This instrument has a long neck and possesses two-strings with a drum-like chamber that is played with a violin-like bow. The strings are suspended between the […]