The frontier trading post

Trading posts were establishments, usually found at key places on trade routes, where goods were both bought and sold. What was most commonly bought by the posts was a valuable commodity yielded in abundance by the rough country of the frontiers: furs of various animals which had been either hunted or trapped. What was bought… Read More

Protection of Native American arts and crafts

Native American art is rich in original and instantly recognisable forms, materials, colours and stories. When we think of tribes in their heyday, we conjure up images of teepees decorated with symbolic designs, totem poles, beaded moccasins, patterned pottery, even feather headdresses. The use of such artefacts belongs of course to days gone by, but… Read More

Native American languages – a few interesting facts

  At the time of Christopher Columbus, it’s estimated that in North America there were some 300 different languages spoken by about 1.5 million people. By the middle of the last century, something like two-thirds of those languages had already died out or were in danger of doing so. However, others were definitely alive and… Read More

Quanah, last chief of the Comanche

Quanah, born in 1845, was the eldest son of Cynthia Ann Parker, the girl who was kidnapped and brought up by the Comanche and who married the chieftain Peta Nocona. Quanah means ‘fragrant’. There is no doubt that Quanah was a great man, and above all a man who knew how to move with the times.… Read More

Chickasaw culture

The Chickasaw tribe was particularly warlike, even by Native American standards. Despite this, they were a matrilineal society, recognising the female rather than the male line of descent. Women had their own land about which they could make decisions without reference to their husbands. There was nonetheless a strict division of labour between the sexes.… Read More

The Chickasaw, Spartans of the Lower Mississippi Valley

The Chickasaw were a warlike tribe of American Indians who migrated to the Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma in 1832 after they’d been forced to sell their lands around the Mississippi to the US government. Other tribes were compelled to move as well and the route they took was called the Trail of Tears. The… Read More