Native American Archive

A Hidden History: Dwight Mission

This piece was originally published in the April 2014 edition of ABOUT the River Valley magazine in connection with the Boiled Down Juice and the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources.  This piece is the beginning of ongoing research. We recognize this piece contains no voices from the Cherokee community and focuses solely on what
Category: ABOUT the River Valley

Trail of Tears 175th Anniversary

Earlier this week the Cherokee Nation marked the 175th anniversary of the arrival of the final group of Cherokees into what is now the state of Oklahoma Arriving on March 24, 1839, this final detachment marked an ending to the Trail of Tears. According to historians, the term Trail of Tears most likely originated with
Category: Arkansas

Stone Songs on the Trail of Tears

While doing some research on local Cherokee history this past week I was reminded of a University of Arkansas Press publication from 2005 entitled Stone Songs on the Trail of Tears: The Journey of an Installation. Written by artist Pat Musick with help from Jerry Carr and historian Bill Woodiel, the book documents the installation
Category: Arkansas

Reflecting on Dwight Mission

This week’s column continues an ongoing series highlighting entries from the online Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture that pertain to the region. Driving down Highway 64 along the Illinois Bayou, there’s a boat ramp that provides access to Lake Dardanelle and sign for a place called Dwight Mission. Today it’s nothing but a cemetery,
Category: Arkansas

Friday Videos: Selections from the Reel Civil Rights Film Fest

The Reel Civil Rights Film Fest begins today in Little Rock. Operating in connection with the Little Rock Film Festival, the event is also affiliated with the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site. The festival will take through September 25th, leading up to the 55th anniversary of the desegregation crisis at Little Rock
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N. Scott Momaday’s The Man Made of Words.

      Quite often the posts here focus on newer publications. And while that’s certainly important, it seems also quite helpful to periodically revisit older publications. So this post begins the first in a series re examining essays, music, books, movies, and a host of other things whose ideas and themes are as relevant
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The Rural Assembly and the Rural Compact.

Today I came across an organization called The Rural Assembly and I am so excited about their work and I think you will be too. The Rural Assembly is a part of the Center for Rural Strategies, an amazing organization whose fingers are all over most of the rural sustainable movements going on these days.
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Always Becoming, podcasts at the National Museum of American Indian

I recently saw this exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian in D.C. The artist, Nora Naranjo-Morse, who is a Santa Clara Pueblo, is the first Native American woman to make an outdoor sculpture in D.C. What amazed me most about these beautiful sculptures is they will eventually be worn away by the
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Native Seeds/S*E*A*R*C*H

Just the other day my friend Dr. Kristin Dowell, an anthropologist who works with Native American communities, suggested I look into a project called Native Seeds, a seed bank and cultural memory bank based in the southwest. It am so excited about the information that I had to post about it. Native Seeds Started in
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