Considered by many to be the world’s greatest athlete, Thorpe persevered through triumphs and tragedy.
It's one of the oldest folk ballads in our national songbook, but where did it come from? The answer is complex, multi-layered, American.
A century and a half after his death, the Native American leader's vision of finding peace and prosperity in a divided country is more compelling than ever.
While his brother Tecumseh was assembling the greatest Indian confederation the U.S. would ever confront, the “Prophet” launched a fateful preemptive attack in Indiana Territory.
The “Long House,” characteristic lodging of the Iroquois, also described their political union in which each Iroquois nation remained sovereignty under a common roof which sheltered them all.
New York Indians Discover Dutchmen
AFTER CENTURIES OF CONFLICT OVER THEIR RIGHTS AND POWERS, Indian tribes now increasingly make and enforce their own laws, often answerable to no one in the United States government. Is this the rebirth of their ancient independence or a new kind of legalized segregation?
A journey through a wide and spellbinding land, and a look at the civilization along its edges.
From Fort Ticonderoga to the Plaza Hotel, from Appomattox Courthouse to Bugsy Siegel’s weird rose garden in Las Vegas, the present-day scene is enriched by knowledge of the American past
Did the Indians have a special, almost noble, affinity with the American environment—or were they despoilers of it? Two historians of the environment explain the profound clash of cultures between Indians and whites that has made each group almost incomprehensible to the other.
New Orleans cuisine—with its French roux, African okra, Indian filé, and Spanish peppers—is literally a gastronomic melting pot. Here’s how it all came together.
This is not a test. It’s the real thing.
America’s First Native Cookbook
A photographic portrait of Lake Placid, New York, in the pre-Olympic Age
A trooper’s firsthand account of an adventure with the
Indian-fighting army in the American Southwest
One hundred years ago, Congress created two agencies—the U.S. Geological Survey and the Bureau of Ethnology. Both, according to the author, have since “given direction, form, and stimulation to the science of earth and the science of man, and in so doing have touched millions of lives.”
Henry Morion Stanley, who later found Dr. Livingstone, reports the Treaty of Medicine Lodge, Kansas, October, 1867
The mysterious diseases that nearly wiped out the Indians of New England were the work of the Christian God — or so both Pilgrims and Indians believed.
The hands of Pueblo potter Maria Martinez have reached back across more than seven hundred years of history to create pottery that is now proudly displayed in museums and private collections all over the world.
Thousands of Native American pictographs and petroglyphs are at risk from vandalism amd theft.
The granite was tough—but so was Gutzon Borglum
In recent years many voices—both Native-American and white—have questioned whether Indians did in fact invent scalping. What is the evidence?
Why have Americans perceived nature as something to be conquered?