"The Map Of Native American Tribes You’ve Never Seen Before" via Hansi Lo Wang

It started as a poster board project on his bedroom wall, but more than a decade later, self-taught mapmaker Aaron Carapella has pinpointed the original locations and names of more than 600 Native American tribes.

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"I think a lot of people get blown away by, ‘Wow, there were a lot of tribes, and they covered the whole country!’ You know, this is Indian land,"


A classic Kwakwaka’wak photograp. Does anyone know the names of the people?


All of the above photos were taken between the years 1868 and 1880, or at the height of the Plains Indians wars (the Sioux uprising).  Those pictured are all Oglala Sioux, Crazy Horse’s people.  I came across these photos during my research on the Teton Lakota and these and MANY more great pictures can be found at Sioux Reseach - Dakota, Lakota, Nakota (  If you don’t know these peoples’ names, I’ve provided them in a caption with each photo.  And, if you don’t know their stories, I’d encourage you to read all about them.  Just read pretty much anything you can get your hands on concerning the Plains Indians, particularly the Sioux and Cheyenne.  They are, most probably, the greatest people who ever lived. 

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Standing L-R: Good Feather Woman (Sitting Bull’s sister), Walks Looking (Sitting Bull’s daughter) Sitting L-R: Her Holy Door (Sitting Bull’s mother), Sitting Bull, Many Horses (Sitting Bull’s daughter) with her son, Courting A Woman - Hunkpapa - 1883

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“A white man and an elderly Native man became pretty good friends, so the white guy decided to ask him: “What do you think about Indian mascots?” The Native elder responded, “Here’s what you’ve got to understand. When you look at black people, you see ghosts of all the slavery and the rapes and the hangings and the chains. When you look at Jews, you see ghosts of all those bodies piled up in death camps. And those ghosts keep you trying to do the right thing. “But when you look at us you don’t see the ghosts of the little babies with their heads smashed in by rifle butts at the Big Hole, or the old folks dying by the side of the trail on the way to Oklahoma while their families cried and tried to make them comfortable, or the dead mothers at Wounded Knee or the little kids at Sand Creek who were shot for target practice. You don’t see any ghosts at all. “Instead you see casinos and drunks and junk cars and shacks. “Well, we see those ghosts. And they make our hearts sad and they hurt our little children. And when we try to say something, you tell us, ‘Get over it. This is America. Look at the American dream.’ But as long as you’re calling us Redskins and doing tomahawk chops, we can’t look at the American dream, because those things remind us that we are not real human beings to you. And when people aren’t humans, you can turn them into slaves or kill six million of them or shoot them down with Hotchkiss guns and throw them into mass graves at Wounded Knee. “No, we’re not looking at the American dream. And why should we? We still haven’t woken up from the American nightmare.”” On mascots & the Red Road: - Gathering Tribes | Facebook (via aboriginalnewswire)

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Walpi, a Hopi village in northern Arizona, USA.

Walpi was established about 900 AD, has been continuously inhabited for over 1100 years, and is an excellent example of traditional Hopi stone architecture.

Situated on the south tip of First Mesa at an altitude of 6,200 feet, Walpi was relocated from the valley plain to its present site shortly after the Pueblo Revolt in 1680. Still inhabited today, the pueblo extends for some 640 feet along the narrow mesa top, which is at most 150 feet wide. The community is contained almost entirely in a single highly irregular building mass.

William N. Morgan, Ancient Architecture of the Southwest.

Photos courtesy the National Archives and Records Administration, via the wiki commons.

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I will wat for you in the green, green spaces,
Wearing our post-industrial faces.
Side by side sit the trashpile twin,
And the eleventh century center of the Misissippian,
With the calender of the sun,
A people undone.

Ceremonial mounds in the backyards and towns,
That’s the way it runed out.
A city built up on the other great mound torn down,
That’s the way it happened.
A culture on the run,
They vanished in the sun,
The Mississippian.

Forward and on we go,
Building our mounds out of control,
Full of our finest throw away things.
The new Mississippians,
Under a smog choked sun,
Waiting to be undone.

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Amazing Ancient Ruins of the Pueblo People

Ancient Pueblo people were an ancient Native American culture centered on the present-day Four Corners area of the United States, comprising southern Utah, northeastern Arizona, northern New Mexico, and southwestern Colorado. Archaeologists still debate when this distinct culture emerged but the current consensus is around 12th century BC.

They lived in a range of structures, including pit houses, pueblos, and cliff dwellings designed so that they could lift entry ladders during enemy attacks, which provided security. The pictures above feature some of the amazing pueblos and cliff dwellings of these people. The most photographed ruin is the “House on Fire” (picture 1). This ruin, when captured at certain times of the day, resembles a dwelling on fire and is a favorite among photographers.

  • "House on Fire" ruin in Mule Canyon, South Fork, Utah
  • Petroglyph with the prehistoric symbol, flute player Kokopelli
  • Multistory dwellings at Bandelier. Rock wall foundations and beam holes and “cavates” carved into volcanic tuff remain from upper floors
  • Laguna Pueblo dwellers posing for a picture
  • Doorways, Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico
  • Casa Rinconada, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico
  • Ancestral Pueblo ruins in Dark Canyon Wilderness, Utah
  • Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park

sources 1, 2, 3

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Edward S. Curtis. “The North American Indian: Masked Dancers - Qagyuhl (During the winter ceremony Kwakiutl dancers wearing masks and costumes crouch in the foreground with others behind them. The chief on the far left holds a speaker’s staff. Three totem poles in the background.)”. 1914. Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.

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