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WPA Poster

[Detail] WPA Poster, Indian court, Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939

Online activities and background information from the Library of Congress to help students learn more about Native Americans.

Alaska Native Heritage Center (Local Legacies) This Anchorage center highlights traditional ways of Alaska Native cultures. Explore Local Legacies for featured celebrations from your own state.

American Treasures: An American Pastime (Exhibition) Native Americans at the Carlisle Indian School were encouraged to play games like football.

American Treasures: Cherokee Newspaper (Exhibition) Cherokee Phoenix was the first Native American tribal newspaper to be published in North America.

American Treasures: Courting Flutes (Exhibition) Flutes played special roles in Native American music.

American Treasures: Indian Map of Ohio River Country (Exhibition) This map was drawn by a Native American.

American Treasures: Portfolio of the North American Indian (Exhibition) From the 1890s to the 1930s, Edward S. Curtis photographed approximately eighty different Native American groups and published a twenty-eight volume work called the The North American Indian.

American Treasures: The Voices of America (Exhibition) The first field recordings of Native American music contain Passamaquoddy songs, tales and vocabulary.

American Treasures: The Winter Count (Exhibition) Native Americans used a winter count to record noteworthy events in tribal life over a period of years.

Artist's Depiction of Navaho Children, Ray Swanson (Local Legacies) Hosteen Yellow's Grandbaby, the work featured in the Native American community center, was painted in 1991 by Arizona artist Ray Swanson.

Edward S. Curtis Collection Explore images taken by Curtis between 1900-1930. Included in the collection is a list of the tribes Curtis photographed.

Jump Back in Time: Jackson Signed the Treaty of Fort Jackson (America's Library)How did Andrew Jackson earn the nickname Long Knife?

Jump Back in Time: June 2, 1924 (America's Library) On this date, Congress granted citizenship to all Native Americans born in the U.S.

Jump Back in Time: June 25, 1876 (America's Library) Read about the Battle of Little Big Horn, often referred to as Custer's Last Stand.

Jump Back in Time: May 28, 1888 (America's Library) World class athlete Jim Thorpe was born on this date.

Jump Back in Time: October 3, 1790 (America's Library) Learn about Chief Little John and the Trail of Tears.

Jump Back in Time: October 5, 1877 (America's Library) Chief Joseph surrendered on this date.

Jump Back in Time: September 10, 1608 (America's Library) John Smith became a leader of Jamestown.

Meet Amazing Americans: Pocahontas (America's Library) Read about Pocahontas, the daughter of Powhatan, an important chief of the Algonquian Indians who lived in the Virginia region.

Navajo Code Talkers (Webcast) View an interview with Sam Billison, Keith Little, and Sam Smith who served as Navajo Code Talkers during World War II. (scroll down page)

Poetry 180: The Last Wolf (Poetry and Literature) Read a poem by Native American author Mary Tallmountain.

Today in History (August 9, 1814) Creek Indians Surrender (Today in History) On this date, Major General Andrew Jackson signed the Treaty of Fort Jackson ending the Creek War.

Today in History (June 2, 1924) Citizenship Granted (Today in History) On this date, Congress granted citizenship to all Native Americans born in the U.S.

Today in History (June 25, 1876) Custer's Last Stand (Today in History) George Armstrong Custer and the 265 men under his command lost their lives in the Battle of Little Big Horn

Today in History (October 14, 1891) Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins (Today in History) Read about the first Native American woman known to secure a copyright and publish in the English language.

Today in History (October 3, 1790) John Ross Was Born (Today in History) Little John John Ross, Chief of the United Cherokee Nation from 1839 to 1866, was born on this date.(scroll down the page to find Little John)

Today in History (October 5, 1877) Chief Joseph Surrenders (Today in History) Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Indians surrendered in the Bear Paw Mountains of Montana.