Information, Lessons, Activities, and Resources Division of Social Sciences and Life Skills November ...
THE SCHOOL BOARD OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA Ms. Perla Tabares Hantman, Chair Dr. Lawrence S. Feldman, ...
Table of ContentsI. American Indian Heritage Month – A Brief HistoryII. Readings/Resources for Teachers and Student...
American Indian Heritage Month A Brief HistoryWhat started at the turn of the centu...
since 1994. The proclamation issued in 1996 details the contributions of Native Americans tothe past and to the future:“Th...
Readings/Resources ForTeachers and Students P a g e |6
American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Population4.9 millionAs of July ...
11Number of states with more than 100,000 American Indian and Alaska Native residents on July 1, 2008. Thesestates were Ca...
3.64Average number of people in an American Indian and Alaska Native family in 2008. This was larger than thenational aver...
Businesses$26.9 billionReceipts for American Indian- and Alaska Native-owned businesses in 2002. These businesses numbered...
Jobs24%The percentage of civilian-employed American Indian and Alaska Native people 16 and older who worked inmanagement, ...
Facts About American Indians TodaySource: Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the InteriorWho is an Indian?No sin...
How does one trace Indian ancestry and become a member of a tribe?The first step in tracing Indian ancestry is basic genea...
The states in which reservations are located have limited powers over them, and only asprovided by federal law. On some re...
Civil Rights and Native AmericansAmerican Indians are those peoples who were on the North American continent before thearr...
could find three separate drinking fountains labeled “whites,” “Colored” and “Indian.” Therewere also three sections in so...
the Creeks lost 22 million acres of land in southern Georgia and central Alabama. The U.S.acquired more land in 1818 when,...
The Cherokee used legal means in their attempt to safeguard their rights. They soughtprotection from land-hungry white set...
Their protests did not save the southeastern nations from removal, however. The Choctawswere the first to sign a removal t...
The Cherokee, on the other hand, were tricked with an illegitimate treaty. In 1833, a smallfaction agreed to sign a remova...
ReservationsReservations were first created by seventeenth-century English colonizers and imposed onAmerican Indian nation...
removed tribes were promised new, permanent borders in lands in Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas,and Oklahoma, in 1854 federal off...
Indian schools began migrating from their home areas to distant cities in search of work andother opportunities.Tribes beg...
Reservation leaders responded quickly to these government initiatives and also embarked oneconomic-development programs ra...
policymakers continues to be to devise ways of improving reservation living conditions in waysthat support tribal self-gov...
American Indian Versus Native American A Once-heated Issue has Sorted Itself Out ...
Doing Away with Cowboy-and-Indian StereotypesParticularly in academic circles, the term Native American became the preferr...
Peaceful CoexistenceAs The American Heritage Book of English Usage points out, "the acceptance of NativeAmerican has not b...
From "Names and Labels: Social, Racital, and Ethnic Terms: Indian", The American HeritageBook of English Usage. A Practica...
Are You Teaching the True Thanksgiving Story? by Gary Hopkins ...
In closing his introduction, Larsen provokes with a question: "What started as an inspirational bit of NewEngland folklore...
set the record straight. "Setting people straight about Thanksgiving myths has become as much a part ofthe annual holiday ...
3. "Locate and use books that show contemporary children of all colors engaged in their usual, daily activities (f...
Historic Florida Indians By Jerry WilkinsonFrom the beginning, the human race ha...
could be described as Irish, American, Floridian, Dade Countian and Miamian, but there is still only oneperson. Ethnology ...
available. The Indians came to expect this from the Europeans. This made it very difficult anddangerous for innocent shipw...
In 1711, the Catholic Bishop in Havana sent two ships under Captain Luis Perdomo to rescue Indians ofthe Keys. Havana had ...
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Ideas for Teaching About Native AmericansSource: The original article by Carol Otis Hurst, from which this material was ta...
Hawk I’m Your Brother, Macmillan ISBN0689711026, paperbackWhen Clay Sings, Macmillan ISBN 0689711069, paperbackKnots on a ...
NonfictionGet on with the study by getting out all the good non-fiction on American Indians such as theseries on the vario...
Famous Native AmericansChildren can research the lives of some famous Indians and make posters on their lives andaccomplis...
What do some Native Americans think about these books by an English author? Is there aprejudice evident in her making them...
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American Indian StereotypesOBJECTIVES:Students will identify Native American Indian tribes and research their lifestyles.S...
Bows and arrows -- Some tribes hunted and fought with bows and arrows, but most tribes used a wide variety of tools ...
Florida’s Native AmericansOBJECTIVES:Students will Identify Native American Indian tribes and research their lifestyles.SU...
FLORIDA’S NATIVE AMERICANS Southern and Central TribesThe Calusas - A Fierce People Many...
Many tribes lived in the Tampa Bay area, not just the Tocobagas. Much of the land insouthern and central Florida was too w...
The Tequestas, however, never grew as powerful as the Calusas. As a result, they paid tributeto the Calusas to avoid confl...
Like other Native Floridians, the Apalachees built mounds. The earliest Apalachee moundswere built about 1,000 years ago a...
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  • 1. Information, Lessons, Activities, and Resources Division of Social Sciences and Life Skills November 2011 P a g e |1
  • 2. THE SCHOOL BOARD OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA Ms. Perla Tabares Hantman, Chair Dr. Lawrence S. Feldman, Vice-Chair Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall Mr. Carlos L. Curbelo Mr. Renier Diaz de la Portilla Dr. Wilbert “Tee” Holloway Dr. Martin S. Karp Dr. Marta Pérez Ms. Raquel A. Regalado Ms. Hope Wilcox Student Advisor Alberto M. Carvalho Superintendent of Schools Ms. Milagros R. Fornell Associate Superintendent Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Maria P. de Armas Assistant Superintendent Curriculum and Instruction, K-12 Core Curriculum Mr. John R. Doyle Administrative Director Division of Social Sciences and Life Skills P a g e |2
  • 3. Table of ContentsI. American Indian Heritage Month – A Brief HistoryII. Readings/Resources for Teachers and Students American Indians by the Numbers – From Census 2010 Facts About American Indians Today Civil Rights and Native Americans Indian Removal – 1814-1858 Reservations American Indian vs. Native American Are You Teaching the True Thanksgiving Story? Historic Florida Indians American Indian Culture Groups Map Ideas for Teaching About Native AmericansIII. Lesson Plans for Teachers of Elementary Students American Indian Stereotypes Florida’s Native Americans Where Did Florida’s Native Americans Live? A Storytelling FestivalIV. Lesson Plans for Teachers of Secondary Students American Indian Stereotypes American Indians by the Numbers American Indian Culture Groups Trail of Tears American Indian Reservation SystemV. Web Resources Related Areas on the Internet P a g e |3
  • 4. American Indian Heritage Month A Brief HistoryWhat started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for thesignificant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of theUnited States, has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.Early ProponentsOne of the very early proponents of an American Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a SenecaIndian, who was the director of the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Rochester, New York. Hepersuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the “First Americans” and for threeyears they adopted such a day. In 1915, the annual Congress of the American IndianAssociation meeting in Lawrence, Kansas, formally approved a plan concerning American IndianDay. It directed its president, Reverend Sherman Coolidge, an Arapaho, to call upon thecountry to observe such a day. Coolidge issued a proclamation on September 28, 1915, whichdeclared the second Saturday of each May as an American Indian Day and contained the firstformal appeal for recognition of American Indians as citizens.The year before this proclamation was issued, Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, rodehorseback from state to state seeking approval for a day to honor American Indians. OnDecember 14, 1915, he presented the endorsements of 24 state governments at the WhiteHouse. There is no record, however, of such a national day being proclaimed.State CelebrationsThe first American Indian Day in a state was declared on the second Saturday in May, 1916, bythe Governor of New York. Several states celebrated the fourth Friday in September. In Illinois,for example, legislators enacted such a day in 1919. Presently, several states have designatedColumbus Day as Native American Day, but it continues to be a day we observe without anyrecognition as a national legal holiday.Heritage MonthsIn 1990, President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November, 1990,“National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations have been issued each year P a g e |4
  • 5. since 1994. The proclamation issued in 1996 details the contributions of Native Americans tothe past and to the future:“Throughout our history, American Indian and Alaska native peoples have been an integral partof the American character. Against the odds, America’s first peoples have endured, and theyremain a vital cultural, political, social, and moral presence. Tribal America has brought to thisgreat country certain values and ideas that have become ingrained in the American spirit; theknowledge that humans can thrive and prosper without destroying the natural environment;the understanding that people from very different backgrounds, cultures, religions, andtraditions can come together to build a great country; and the awareness that diversity can be asource of strength rather than division.” P a g e |5
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  • 7. American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Population4.9 millionAs of July 1, 2008, the estimated population of American Indians and Alaska Natives, including those of morethan one race. They made up 1.6 percent of the total population.Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb09-75.html>8.6 millionThe projected population of American Indians and Alaska Natives, including those of more than one race, onJuly 1, 2050. They would comprise 2 percent of the total population.Source: Population projections <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb08-123.html>83,250Increase in the nations American Indian and Alaska Native population from July 1, 2007, to July 1, 2008. Thepopulation of this group increased by 1.7 percent during the period.Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb09-75.html>29.7Median age of the American Indian and Alaska Native population in 2008, younger than the median of 36.8 forthe population as a whole. About 30 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives were younger than 18,and 8 percent were 65 and older.ource: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb09-75.html>738,978The American Indian and Alaska Native population in California as of July 1, 2008, the highest total of anystate. California was followed by Oklahoma (406,492) and Arizona (359,841).About 12,828 American Indians and Alaska Natives were added to Texas population between July 1, 2007,and July 1, 2008. That is the largest numeric increase of any state. Texas (4.3 percent) also had the highestrate of increase during the period.Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb09-76.html>5Number of states where American Indians and Alaska Natives were the largest race or ethnic minority group in2008. These states are Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb09-76.html> P a g e |7
  • 8. 11Number of states with more than 100,000 American Indian and Alaska Native residents on July 1, 2008. Thesestates were California, Oklahoma, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, New York, Washington, Florida, NorthCarolina, Michigan and Alaska. Combined, these states were home to 61 percent of the nations AmericanIndian and Alaska Native residents.Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb09-76.html>18%The proportion of Alaskas population identified as American Indian and Alaska Native as of July 1, 2008, thehighest rate for this race group of any state. Alaska was followed by Oklahoma (11 percent) and New Mexico(11 percent).Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb09-76.html>155,010The number of American Indians and Alaska Natives in Los Angeles County, Calif., as of July 1, 2008. LosAngeles led all of the nations counties in the number of people of this racial category.Maricopa County, Ariz., added about 2,300 people to this group between July 1, 2007, and July 1, 2008,leading the nations counties in this measure.Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb09-76.html>10Among counties or equivalents with total populations of 10,000 or more, number that were majority AmericanIndian and Alaska Native, as of July 1, 2008. Shannon, S.D., led the way, with 88 percent of its populationbeing a member of this race group.Source: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb09-76.html> Families and Children545,403The number of American Indian and Alaska Native families in 2008. Of these: 321,430 were married-couple families, including those with children. 145,691 were married couples with their own children, under the age of 18.Source: 2008 American Community Survey for the American Indian and Alaska Native alone population<http://factfinder.census.gov> P a g e |8
  • 9. 3.64Average number of people in an American Indian and Alaska Native family in 2008. This was larger than thenational average size for all families, regardless of race (3.22 people).Source: 2008 American Community Survey for the American Indian and Alaska Native alone population<http://factfinder.census.gov> Housing55%The percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native households who owned their own home in 2008.Source: 2008 American Community Survey for the American Indian and Alaska Native alone population<http://factfinder.census.gov>$129,000Median value of homes owned by American Indians and Alaska Natives.Source: 2008 American Community Survey for the American Indian and Alaska Native alone population<http://factfinder.census.gov> Languages29%Percentage of American Indians and Alaska Natives 5 and older who spoke a language other than English athome.Source: 2008 American Community Survey for the American Indian and Alaska Native alone population<http://factfinder.census.gov> Education76%The percentage of American Indians and Alaska Natives 25 and older who had at least a high school diploma.Also, 13 percent had at least a bachelors degree.Source: 2008 American Community Survey for the American Indian and Alaska Native alone population<http://factfinder.census.gov>57,146Number of American Indians and Alaska Natives 25 and older who had a graduate or professional degree.Source: 2008 American Community Survey for the American Indian and Alaska Native alone population<http://factfinder.census.gov> P a g e |9
  • 10. Businesses$26.9 billionReceipts for American Indian- and Alaska Native-owned businesses in 2002. These businesses numbered201,387.20,380Number of American Indian- and Alaska Native-owned firms in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riversidecombined statistical area, making that area number one in the metro category. Among counties, Los Angeleshad the highest number of firms (13,061).38,125Number of American Indian- and Alaska Native-owned firms in California, which led the states. Oklahoma,Texas, New York and Florida followed.Nearly 3 in 10Number of American Indian- and Alaska Native-owned firms that operated in construction and other services(such as personal services, and repair and maintenance).24,498Number of American Indian- and Alaska Native-owned firms that had paid employees. These businessesemployed 191,270 people.3,631Number of American Indian- and Alaska Native-owned firms with receipts of $1 million or more. These firmsaccounted for nearly 2 percent of the total number of American Indian- and Alaska Native-owned firms andmore than 64 percent of their total receipts.178Number of American Indian- and Alaska Native-owned firms with 100 or more employees. These firmsgenerated nearly $5.3 billion in gross receipts -- 24 percent of the total revenue for American Indian- andAlaska Native-owned employer firms.New York; Los Angeles; and Gallup, N.M.The three cities with the largest number of American Indian- and Alaska Native-owned firms, with 7,134; 5,767;and 2,642, respectively.Source for data in this section: American Indian- and Alaska Native-Owned Firms: 2002<http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/business_ownership/cb06-97.html> P a g e | 10
  • 11. Jobs24%The percentage of civilian-employed American Indian and Alaska Native people 16 and older who worked inmanagement, professional and related occupations. In addition, 24 percent worked in sales and officeoccupations and about the same percentage worked in service occupations.Source: 2008 American Community Survey for the American Indian and Alaska Native alone population.<http://factfinder.census.gov> P a g e | 11
  • 12. Facts About American Indians TodaySource: Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the InteriorWho is an Indian?No single federal or tribal criterion establishes a person’s identity as an Indian. Tribalmembership is determined by the enrollment criteria of the tribe from which Indian blood maybe derived, and this varies with each tribe. Generally, if linkage to an identified tribal memberis far removed, one would not qualify for membership.To be eligible for Bureau of Indian Affairs services, an Indian must (1) be a member of a triberecognized by the federal government, (2) be of one-half or more Indian blood of tribesindigenous to the United States, or (3) must, for some purposes, be of one-fourth or moreIndian ancestry. By legislative and administrative decision, the Aleuts, Eskimos and Indians ofAlaska are eligible for Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) services. Most of the BIA’s services andprograms, however, are limited to Indians living on or near Indian reservations.The Bureau of the Census counts anyone an Indian who declares himself or herself to be anIndian. In 1990, the Census figures showed there were 1,959,234 American Indians and Alaskanatives living in the United States (1,878,285 American Indians, 57,152 Eskimos, and 23,797Aleuts). This is a 37.9 percent increase over the 1980 recorded total of 1,420,000. The increaseis attributed to improved census taking and more self identification during the 1990 count. InCensus 2000, 4.3 million people, or 1.5 percent of the total United States population, reportedthat they were American Indian and Alaska Native. This number included 2.4 million people, or1 percent, who reported only American Indian and Alaska Native as their race.Why are Indians sometimes referred to as Native Americans?The term, “Native American,” came into usage in the 1960s to denote the groups served by theBureau of Indian Affairs: American Indians and Alaska Natives (Indians, Eskimos and Aleuts ofAlaska). Later, the term also included Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in some Indiangroups. The preferred term is American Indian. The Eskimos and Aleuts in Alaska are twoculturally distinct groups and are sensitive about being included under the “Indian” designation.They prefer “Alaska Native.” P a g e | 12
  • 13. How does one trace Indian ancestry and become a member of a tribe?The first step in tracing Indian ancestry is basic genealogical research if one does not alreadyhave specific family information and documents that identify tribal ties. Some information toobtain is: names of ancestors; dates of birth, marriages and deaths; places where they lived;brothers and sisters, if any; and, most importantly, tribal affiliations. Among family documentsto check are Bibles, wills, and other such papers. The next step is to determine whether one’sancestors are on an official tribal roll or census by contacting the tribe.What is a federally recognized tribe?There are more than 560 federally recognized tribes in the United States, including over 220village groups in Alaska. “Federally recognized” means these tribes and groups have a special,legal relationship with the United States government. This relationship is referred to as agovernment-to-government relationship.Reservations. In the United States, there are only two kinds of reserved lands that are well-known: military and Indian. An Indian reservation is land reserved for a tribe when itrelinquished its other land areas to the United States through treaties. More recently,Congressional acts, Executive Orders, and administrative acts have created reservations.Today, some reservations have non-Indian residents and land owners.There are approximately 275 Indian land areas in the United States administered as Indianreservations (reservations, pueblos, Rancherias, communities, etc.). The largest is the NavajoReservation of some 16 million acres of land in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. Many of thesmaller reservations are less than 1,000 acres with the smallest less than 100 acres. On eachreservation, the local governing authority is the tribal government.Approximately 56.2 million acres of land are held in trust by the United States for various Indiantribes and individuals. Much of this is reservation land; however, not all reservation land istrust land. On behalf of the United States, the Secretary of the Interior serves as trustee forsuch lands with many routine responsibilities delegated to BIA officials. P a g e | 13
  • 14. The states in which reservations are located have limited powers over them, and only asprovided by federal law. On some reservations, however, a high percentage of the land isowned and occupied by non-Indians. Some 140 reservations have entirely tribally owned land.Taxes. Indians pay the same taxes as other citizens with the following exceptions: federalincome taxes are not levied on income from trust lands held for them by the United States;state income taxes are not paid on income earned on an Indian reservation; state sales taxesare not paid by Indians on transactions made on an Indian reservation; and local property taxesare not paid on reservation or trust land.Laws. As United States citizens, Indians are generally subject to federal, state, and local laws.On Indian reservations, however, only federal and tribal laws apply to members of the tribeunless the Congress provides otherwise. In federal law, the Assimilative Crimes Act makes anyviolation of state criminal law a federal offense on reservations. Most tribes now maintaintribal court systems and facilities to detain tribal members convicted of certain offenses withinthe boundaries of the reservation.Indian Gaming Regulations. Indian land is not under state law unless a federal law places itunder state law. The Supreme Court held that even if a tribe is under state law, the stategaming regulations do not apply on Indian trust land. In 1988, Congress passed the Indiangaming Regulatory Act. This law allows traditional Indian gaming as well as bingo, pull tabs,lotto, punch boards, tip jars, and certain card games on tribal land. However, it requires atribal/state compact for other forms of gaming such as cards or slot machines. Today, there areabout 145 tribal-state gaming compacts. Nearly 130 tribes in 24 states are involved in somekind of gaming. The National Indian Gaming Commission was established by Congress todevelop regulations for Indian gaming. P a g e | 14
  • 15. Civil Rights and Native AmericansAmerican Indians are those peoples who were on the North American continent before thearrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492. There were hundreds of different tribes native to bothNorth and South America. Historically, we have called these native peoples Indians by mistake -Columbus thought he had reached the Continent of India. Today, we use the term AmericanIndian because that is the term used in the Constitution. Indian tribes call themselves manynames. They might be known by both an English name and a name in their tribal language. TheNavajo call themselves Dine’, which means “the People.” The Tohono O’odham (People of theDesert) were known for many years by the name Papago.The Constitution of the United States specifically refers to Indian tribes where it says that“Congress shall have the power to regulate Commerce with foreign nations, among the severalstates, and with the Indian tribes.”There are over five hundred and fifty American Indian tribes that have tribal governments thatare recognized by the United States in a government to government relationship. There arealso approximately 300 federal Indian reservations in the United States. On an Indianreservation, the tribal government performs many of the same functions that Stategovernments do. There are tribal court systems, departments of justice and police forces onmost reservations.Indian reservations are usually lands that the tribes kept when they entered into treaties withthe federal government. Indian Treaties have the same recognition under federal law as dotreaties with foreign governments such as France or Germany. Some Indian reservations areland bases that are larger than some states. The Navajo Reservation is approximately14,000,000 acres of land. The State of Massachusetts is only 5,284,480 acres. The Wind RiverReservation in Wyoming is 1,888,000 acres. The State of Rhode Island is 776,960 acres. Thereare twelve Indian Reservations that are larger than Rhode Island and nine reservations largerthan Delaware (1,316,480 acres). The Navajo Reservation, which is the largest, is larger thannine States (Maryland, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Hawaii,Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island.)American Indians are also a racial group who sometimes face discrimination the same asAfrican Americans do. In fact, before the civil rights laws were enacted, in some states you P a g e | 15
  • 16. could find three separate drinking fountains labeled “whites,” “Colored” and “Indian.” Therewere also three sections in some movie theaters. All of the civil rights laws that protect peoplefrom discrimination because of race or color or national origin also protect American Indians.Recently, the Department of Justice sued a school district in Utah for not having a high school inthe remote community of Navajo Mountain. The Navajo and Paiute high school age studentswho live in this community all had to go more than 90 miles from home and live in dormatoriesor with relatives and attend boarding schools operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Theschool district had built high schools in communities where non-Indians lived. The schooldistrict argued that because the Indians lived on a reservation, they didn’t have a right to apublic school built and operated by the district. American Indians are citizens of the UnitedStates and of the States where they live. The court ruled that even though they live on anIndian reservation, American Indians have a right to receive all of the same services that stateand county governments offer to all other citizens of the state. The settlement of this lawsuitrequired the school district to build a new high school in this community. A temporary highschool program began in September, 1997. This lawsuit was the first time the Civil RightsDivision had ever enforced the education statutes on behalf of American Indians. This lawsuitwas originally filed by Indian students and their parents. Both the Navajo Nation and theUnited States joined in the lawsuit to support the students and their parents.Http://www.policyalmanac.org/culture/archive/native_americans.shtml Indian Removal 1814-1858Early in the 19th century, while the rapidly growing United States expanded into the lowerSouth, white settlers faced what they considered an obstacle. This area was home to theCherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole nations. These Indian nations, in the viewof the settlers and many other white Americans, were standing in the way of progress. Eagerfor land to raise cotton, the settlers pressured the federal government to acquire Indianterritory.Andrew Jackson, from Tennessee, was a forceful proponent of Indian removal. In 1814, hecommanded the U.S. military forces that defeated a faction of the Creek nation. In their defeat, P a g e | 16
  • 17. the Creeks lost 22 million acres of land in southern Georgia and central Alabama. The U.S.acquired more land in 1818 when, spurred in part by the motivation to punish the Seminolesfor the practice of harboring fugitive slaves, Jackson’s troops invaded Spanish Florida.From 1814 to 1824, Jackson was instrumental in negotiating nine out of eleven treaties whichdivested the southern tribes of their eastern lands in exchange for lands in the west. The tribesagreed to the treaties for strategic reasons. They wanted to appease the government in thehopes of retaining some of their land, and they wanted to protect themselves from whiteharassment. As a result of the treaties, the United States gained control over three-quarters ofAlabama and Florida, as well as parts of Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky and NorthCarolina. This was a period of voluntary Indian migration, however, and only a small number ofCreeks, Cherokee and Choctaws actually moved to the new lands.In 1823, the Supreme Court handed down a decision which stated that Indians could occupylands within the United States, but could not hold title to those lands. This was because their“right of occupancy” was subordinate to the United States’ “right of discovery.” In response tothe great threat this posed, the Creeks, Cherokee, and Chicasaw instituted policies of restrictingland sales to the government. They wanted to protect what remained of their land before itwas too late.Although the five Indian nations had made earlier attempts at resistance, many of theirstrategies were non-violent. One method was to adopt Anglo-American practices such as large-scale farming, Western education, and slave-holding. This earned the nations the designationof the “Five Civilized Tribes.” They adopted this policy of assimilation in an attempt to coexistwith settlers and ward off hostility. But it only made whites jealous and resentful.Other attempts involved ceding portions of their land to the United States with a view toretaining control over at least part of their territory, or of the new territory they received inexchange. Some Indian nations simply refused to leave their land - - the Creeks and theSeminoles even waged war to protect their territory. The First Seminole War lasted from 1817to 1818. The Seminoles were aided by fugitive slaves who had found protection among themand had been living with them for years. The presence of the fugitives enraged white plantersand fueled their desire to defeat the Seminoles. P a g e | 17
  • 18. The Cherokee used legal means in their attempt to safeguard their rights. They soughtprotection from land-hungry white settlers, who continually harassed them by stealing theirlivestock, burning their towns, and squatting on their land. In 1827, the Cherokee adopted awritten constitution declaring themselves to be a sovereign nation. They based this on UnitedStates policy; in former treaties, Indian nations had been declared sovereign so they would belegally capable of ceding their lands. Now the Cherokee hoped to use this status to theiradvantage. The state of Georgia, however, did not recognize their sovereign status, but sawthem as tenants living on state land. The Cherokee took their case to the Supreme Court, whichruled against them.The Cherokee went to the Supreme Court again in 1831. This time they based their appeal onan 1830 Georgia law which prohibited whites from living on Indian territory after March 31,1831, without a license from the state. The state legislature had written this law to justifyremoving white missionaries who were helping the Indians resist removal. The court this timedecided in favor of the Cherokee. It stated that the Cherokee had the right to self-government,and declared Georgia’s extension of state law over them to be unconstitutional. The state ofGeorgia refused to abide by the Court decision, however, and President Jackson refused toenforce the law.In 1830, just a year after taking office, Jackson pushed a new piece of legislation called the“Indian Removal Act” through both houses of Congress. It gave the president power tonegotiate removal treaties with Indian tribes living east of the Mississippi. Under these treaties,the Indians were to give up their lands east of the Mississippi in exchange for lands to the west.Those wishing to remain in the east would become citizens of their home state. This actaffected not only the southeastern nations, but many others further north. The removal wassupposed to be voluntary and peaceful, and it was that way for the tribes that agreed to theconditions. But the southeastern nations resisted, and Jackson forced them to leave.Jackson’s attitude toward Native Americans was paternalistic and patronizing – he describedthem as children in need of guidance and believed the removal policy was beneficial to theIndians. Most white Americans thought that the United States would never extend beyond theMississippi. Removal would save Indian people from the depredations of whites, and wouldresettle them in an area where they could govern themselves in peace. But some Americanssaw this as an excuse for a brutal and inhumane course of action, and protested loudly againstremoval. P a g e | 18
  • 19. Their protests did not save the southeastern nations from removal, however. The Choctawswere the first to sign a removal treaty, which they did in September of 1830. Some chose tostay in Mississippi under the terms of the Removal Act. But though the War Department madesome attempts to protect those who stayed, it was no match for the land-hungry whites whosquatted on Choctaw territory or cheated them out of their holdings. Soon most of theremaining Choctaws, weary of mistreatment, sold their land and moved west.For the next 28 years, the United States government struggled to force relocation of thesoutheastern nations. A small group of Seminoles was coerced into signing a removal treaty in1833, but the majority of the tribe declared the treaty illegitimate and refused to leave. Theresulting struggle was the Second Seminole War, which lasted from 1835 to 1842. As in thefirst war, fugitive slaves fought beside the Seminoles who had taken them in. Thousands oflives were lost in the war, which cost the Jackson administration approximately 40 to 60 milliondollars – ten times the amount it had allotted for Indian removal. In the end, most of theSeminoles moved to the new territory. The few who remained had to defend themselves in theThird Seminole War (1855-1858), when the U.S. military attempted to drive them out. Finally,the United States paid the remaining Seminoles to move west.The Creeks also refused to emigrate. They signed a treaty in March, 1832, which opened alarge portion of their Alabama land to white settlement, and guaranteed them protectedownership of the remaining portion, which was divided among the leading families. Thegovernment did not protect them from speculators, however, who quickly cheated them out oftheir lands. By 1835, the destitute Creeks began stealing livestock and crops from whitesettlers. Some eventually committed arson and murder in retaliation for their brutal treatment.In 1836, the Secretary of War ordered the removal of the Creeks as a military necessity. By1837, approximately 15,000 Creeks had migrated west. They had never signed a removaltreaty.The Chickasaws had seen removal as inevitable, and had not resisted. They signed a treaty in1832 which stated that the federal government would provide them with suitable western landand would protect them until they moved. But once again, the onslaught of white settlersproved too much for the War Department, and it backed down on its promise. The Chickasawswere forced to pay the Choctaws for the right to live on part of their western allotment. Theymigrated there in the winter of 1837-38. P a g e | 19
  • 20. The Cherokee, on the other hand, were tricked with an illegitimate treaty. In 1833, a smallfaction agreed to sign a removal agreement: the Treaty of New Echota. The leaders of thisgroup were not the recognized leaders of the Cherokee nation, and over 15,000 Cherokees –lead by Chief John Ross – signed a petition in protest. The Supreme Court ignored theirdemands and ratified the treaty in 1836. The Cherokee were given two years to migratevoluntarily, at the end of which time they would be forcibly removed. By 1838, only 2,000 hadmigrated; 16,000 remained on their land. The U.S. government sent in 7,000 troops, whoforced the Cherokees into stockades at bayonet point. They were not allowed time to gathertheir belongings, and as they left, whites looted their homes. They began the march known asthe Trail of Tears, in which 4,000 Cherokee people died of cold, hunger, and disease on theirway to the western lands.By 1837, the Jackson administration had removed 46,000 Native American people from theirland east of the Mississippi, and had secured treaties which led to the removal of a slightlylarger number. Most members of the five southeastern nations had been relocated west,opening 25 million acres of land to white settlement and to slavery.Source: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4p2959.html P a g e | 20
  • 21. ReservationsReservations were first created by seventeenth-century English colonizers and imposed onAmerican Indian nations to remove them from the path of white settlement. Reservations alsoprovided a place where missionaries could show Indians how to live, work, and worship likethemselves. The United States took up this practice, employing military might, fraud, anddeception to create hundreds of tribal reserves established by treaty, executive order, orcongressional decree. Despite the reservations’ grim origins, Indian people have been able toadapt to reservation environments while preserving many of their traditional values, beliefs,and customs. In fact, many Indians now regard reservations as homelands.The interplay of Indian aspirations and outside interests is central to an understanding ofreservations. Notwithstanding the oppression and land loss associated with their founding,reservations also represent a valiant struggle on the part of Indians for autonomy, self-sufficiency, religious freedom, and cultural identity.Before Europeans arrived, Indians occupied all of what became the United States. Theypracticed self-government, lived in accordance with revered customs, and worshiped as theysaw fit. The English immigrants who began to arrive in North America in the seventeenthcentury lacked the strength to dislodge and subjugate the more powerful Indian nations. As aconsequence, the newcomers established two fundamental land policies with regard to Indians.First, they established borders between themselves and native people. After clearly delineatingwhich areas were “Indian country,” the British allowed residents on both sides of theboundaries to maintain their own laws, customs, and institutions. Imported diseases, howeversoon shifted the balance of power in favor of the Europeans, giving rise to the second policy: asthey pushed inland, the invaders placed remnant native groups that had been decimated bypestilence and warfare on small reservations and in settlements of Christian converts called“praying towns.”After the founding of the United States, federal officials continued these earlier practices.Treaties established borders between “Indian country” and the new nation. During the earlynineteenth century, these borders were frequently moved as government agents used bribery,coercion, and trickery to “remove” tribes from lands east of the Mississippi. And, although the P a g e | 21
  • 22. removed tribes were promised new, permanent borders in lands in Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas,and Oklahoma, in 1854 federal officials preparing to “open” Kansas and Nebraska to“settlement” began relocating tribes again, this time to Oklahoma. Local Plains nations such asthe Pawnees, Poncas, and Otos retained, at least temporarily, small reservations in theirhomeland, but many new tribes were resettled nearby. After the disruption of the Civil War,this process continued. The official goal of deadly military campaigns against nations such asthe Sioux, Cheyennes, Arapahos, Navajos, Comanches, and Apaches was to confine them topermanent reservation homes.Expected by federal officials to become Christian farmers, reservation Indians encounteredpolicies that restricted their movement, autonomy, and religious freedom. Bureau of IndianAffairs agents called on U.S. troops and federally supported reservation police to quash nativereligious movements, arrest traditional religious leaders and healers, and place children indistant boarding schools. The Indian Office established the Court of Indian Offenses on manyreservations in order to undermine traditional mechanisms of resolving disputes andadministering justice. Missionaries also operated on reservations with federal approval, andoften with federal funds.In the last decades of the nineteenth century, the passage of the General Allotment Act and theCurtis Act began the process of dividing reservation lands into individual homesteads. Theselaws had a profound impact on reservations. Economically, many Indian nations - particularlythose on the Great Plains, in Oklahoma, and in the Pacific Northwest - lost most of their land.After allotting reservations to tribal members, federal officials sold the “surplus tracts” to non-Indians, and Congress amended the allotment acts to facilitate the sale of allotments. As aconsequence, and because reservation residents were often compelled to sell their allotmentsfor income or to pay delinquent state taxes or mortgages, many Indians became landless.Reservation holdings shrank from 138 million acres in 1887 to 48 million acres in 1934.Politically, the allotment policy undermined tribal sovereignty. Federal agents began dealingprimarily with individual Indians rather than with their governments, with the result thatoutsiders assumed control over many functions once provided by traditional leaders. Socially,the policy encouraged federal agents to pressure Indians into moving from their traditionaltowns to isolated allotments. Thus, rather than living in tribal settings, many Indians began toreside in culturally mixed environments, where racism often heightened discrimination andantagonism. Facing a bleak future under these conditions, some Indians educated in non- P a g e | 22
  • 23. Indian schools began migrating from their home areas to distant cities in search of work andother opportunities.Tribes began to reassert their authority over reservation lands after Congress passed the IndianReorganization Act (IRA) in 1934. Among other things, the new law discontinued the allotmentpolicy, allowed reservation residents to form their own governments, provided funds foreconomic development, protected Indian culture, and promoted traditional arts and crafts. Italso enabled Indian governments to purchase small amounts of land they had lost during theallotment era. Eventually, about half the reservations adopted IRA governments, but many ofthose that refused to change their existing governing bodies also became eligible for IRAbenefits.The IRA was neither a panacea for Indian problems nor an unconditional endorsement of Indiansovereignty. It did little to alleviate the problems created in the allotment era: poverty,deprivation, shoddy housing, and poor health. Nor did it prevent additional assaults onreservation life during the termination era of the 1940s and 1950s. Termination deprivedthousands of people access to Indian Health Service medical care, educational assistance, andother services and led to a direct attack on several reservation governments that federalofficials should be “free” of federal protection. Because their private state holdings becamesubject to state taxation, terminated tribes such as the Menominees and the Klamaths becameeven more impoverished and virtually landless. Termination policies also extended statecriminal and civil law to reservations under the terms of Public Law 280, passed in 1953. Underits terms, most reservation Indians in Minnesota, Nebraska, California, Oregon, and Wisconsinlost the right to police their own communities.Termination proved to be disastrous for reservation residents. In its wake, the Kennedy andJohnson administrations began listening to Native American calls for a return to the earliestnotion of reservations: areas where self-governing tribes could live undisturbed. Withreservations plagued by continuing problems of poverty and despair, Congress supportedpresidential initiatives by opening antipoverty programs to reservation participation. Congressalso passed legislation that enabled Indian governments to contract educational programs andservices formerly provided by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, to determine the disposition ofchildren in adoption and placement cases, and to compete for federal grants. P a g e | 23
  • 24. Reservation leaders responded quickly to these government initiatives and also embarked oneconomic-development programs ranging from tourism to attracting industry. Unfortunately,the results of these efforts have been less than successful in many instances. Strings attachedto federal contracts and grants required Indian governments to spend money and administerprograms in accordance with federal guidelines rather than local priorities and customs.Business partners were not always willing to make long-term investments in reservationbusinesses, and tribes often lacked the necessary training to fulfill their goals.During the 1970s and 1980s, Republican and Democratic administrations alike reduced federalappropriations for reservation development, and federal opposition to Indian rights increased.At the same time, federal and state agencies often restricted Indian access to off-reservationsacred sites and opposed the extension of Indian government jurisdiction to non-Indians whocommit crimes on reservation land. U.S. officials have also shown a willingness to employ forceto resolve disputes on reservations. In 1992, for example, armed federal agents raided sixArizona reservations, confiscating hundreds of video gambling machines and ignoring protestsof the tribal governments.Today, Indian lands, whether called reservations, rancherias, communities, or pueblos,comprise less than 2 percent of the original area. These reservations also vary widely in sizeand demographic composition. In 1990, the federal government recognized 278 Indian landareas as reservations. The Navajo (Diné) Reservation consists of some 16 million acres inArizona, New Mexico, and Utah, while others contain less than a hundred acres. Some 950,000Indians, slightly less than 50 percent of all Indians, lived on or near reservations. About half ofthe land on contemporary reservations belongs to Indians; significant portions are owned andinhabited by non-Indians. The Indian-owned land is usually held “in trust” by the federalgovernment, meaning that this property is exempt from state and county taxes and can be soldonly in accordance with federal regulations.Although both paternalism and anti-Indian racism persist, Indian governments havereinvigorated their reservations by adopting tax codes, establishing profitable enterprises,organizing courts, drafting law-and-order codes, controlling their resources, and demanding aright to worship in customary ways. Nonetheless, many small, landless, and isolated nativenations have been able to gain few benefits. As a result, economic, health, and social problemsstill haunt many reservations. The challenge facing Indian governments and federal P a g e | 24
  • 25. policymakers continues to be to devise ways of improving reservation living conditions in waysthat support tribal self-government, traditional culture, and religious freedom. http://college.hmco.com/history/readerscomp/naind/html/na_033000_reservations.htm P a g e | 25
  • 26. American Indian Versus Native American A Once-heated Issue has Sorted Itself Out by Borgna BrunnerAre the terms American Indian and Native American essentially synonyms, in the same way thatthe terms black and African American are often used interchangeably? Or is using the termAmerican Indian instead of Native American the equivalent of using Negro instead of black—offensive and anachronistic? Is the insistence on using Native American to the exclusion of allother terms a sign of being doctrinaire?Culture WarsWhile these were once raging questions in the culture wars, they have now happily sortedthemselves out. Over the years, the people whom these words are meant to represent havemade their preference clear: the majority of American Indians/Native Americans believe it isacceptable to use either term, or both. Many have also suggested leaving such general termsbehind in favor of specific tribal designations. As the publisher and editor of The Navajo Times,the largest Native American–owned weekly newspaper, puts it, "I . . . would rather be known as, Tom Arviso Jr., a member of the Navajo tribe, instead ofArviso, a Native American or American Indian. This gives an authentic description of myheritage, rather than lumping me into a whole race of people."A Medieval MisnomerAs we learned in grade school, Indian was the name Columbus mistakenly applied to the peoplehe encountered when he arrived in what he believed was the "Indies," the medieval name forAsia. Introduced in the 1960s, the term Native American offered a way of eradicating confusionbetween the indigenous people of the Americas and the indigenous people of India. The termAmerican Indian also served that purpose, but raised other problems: the use of Indian in anyform had begun to be seen by some as pejorative. P a g e | 26
  • 27. Doing Away with Cowboy-and-Indian StereotypesParticularly in academic circles, the term Native American became the preferred term ofrespect, and a remedy for avoiding dehumanizing stereotypes, whether of the bloodthirstysavage or the Tonto-like Noble Savage. For a time, using Native American signaled a progressiveand enlightened consciousness, in much the same way that using Asian instead of Orientaldoes. Use of Indian struck some as out of touch, or worse—a mark of ignorance or bigotry.A "Generic Government Term"But objections to the term Native American also arose. The term struck many as dry andbureaucratic, in much the same way that some dislike the Census Bureaus use of Hispanic as anumbrella term to cover the whole of the U.S.s diverse Spanish-speaking population. As theBureau of Indian Affairs elaborates: The term, Native American, came into usage in the 1960s to denote the groups served by the Bureau of Indian Affairs: American Indians and Alaska Native (Indians, Eskimos and Aleuts of Alaska). Later the term also included Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in some Federal programs. It, therefore, came into disfavor among some Indian groups. The preferred term is American Indian.Russell Means, the Lakota activist and founder of the American Indian Movement (AIM), hasstrongly rejected Native American in favor of Indian: “I abhor the term Native American. It is a generic government term used to describe all the indigenous prisoners of the United States. These are the American Samoans, the Micronesians, the Aleuts, the original Hawaiians, and the erroneously termed Eskimos, who are actually Upiks and Inupiats. And, of course, the American Indian. I prefer the term American Indian because I know its origins . . . As an added distinction the American Indian is the only ethnic group in the United States with the American before our ethnicity . . . We were enslaved as American Indians, we were colonized as American Indians, and we will gain our freedom as American Indians, and then we will call ourselves any damn thing we choose.” From "I am an American Indian, Not a Native American!," a statement by Russell Means P a g e | 27
  • 28. Peaceful CoexistenceAs The American Heritage Book of English Usage points out, "the acceptance of NativeAmerican has not brought about the demise of Indian. Unlike Negro, which was quicklystigmatized once black became preferred, Indian never fell out of favor with a large segment ofthe American population."Now almost every style and usage guide describes these terms as synonyms that can be usedinterchangeably. In recent decades, other terms have also come into use, including Amerindian,indigenous people, and Native, expanding the vocabulary for referring to indigenous people ofthe United States rather than circumscribing it. Many people will no doubt favor oneappellation over another—and will have strong reasons for doing so—but such choices are (orshould be) no longer accompanied by a sense of righteousness that one term is superior to theother. This simply isnt true."We Will Call Ourselves Any Damn Thing We Choose"No doubt the most significant reason that an inclusive attitude toward these terms of identityhas developed is their common usage among Native peoples. A 1995 Census Bureau Survey ofpreferences for racial and ethnic terminology (there is no more recent survey) indicated that49% of Native people preferred being called American Indian, 37% preferred Native American,3.6% preferred "some other term," and 5% had no preference. As The American Heritage Guideto English Usage points out, "the issue has never been particularly divisive between Indians andnon-Indians. While generally welcoming the respectful tone of Native American, Indian writershave continued to use the older name at least as often as the newer one." “The criticism that Indian is hopelessly tainted by the ignorant or romantic stereotypes of popular American culture can be answered, at least in part, by pointing to the continuing use of this term among American Indians themselves. Indeed, Indian authors and those sympathetic to Indian causes often prefer it for its unpretentious familiarity as well as its emotional impact, as in this passage from the Kiowa writer N. Scott Momadays memoir The Names (1976): It was about this time that [my mother] began to see herself as an Indian. That dim native heritage became a fascination and a cause for her. P a g e | 28
  • 29. From "Names and Labels: Social, Racital, and Ethnic Terms: Indian", The American HeritageBook of English Usage. A Practical and Authoritative Guide to Contemporary English. 1996.As Christina Berry, a Cherokee writer and producer of the website All Things Cherokee,counsels: “In the end, the term you choose to use (as an Indian or non-Indian) is your own personal choice. Very few Indians that I know care either way. The recommended method is to refer to a person by their tribe, if that information is known. The reason is that the Native peoples of North America are incredibly diverse. It would be like referring both a Romanian and an Irishman as European. . . . [W]henever possible an Indian would prefer to be called a Cherokee or a Lakota or whichever tribe they belong to. This shows respect because not only are you sensitive to the fact that the terms Indian, American Indian, and Native American are an over simplification of a diverse ethnicity, but you also show that you listened when they told what tribe they belonged to. When you dont know the specific tribe simply use the term which you are most comfortable using. The worst that can happen is that someone might correct you and open the door for a thoughtful debate on the subject of political correctness and its impact on ethnic identity. What matters in the long run is not which term is used but the intention with which it is used.”From Whats in a Name? Indians and Political Correctness by Christina Berry, All ThingsCherokee P a g e | 29
  • 30. Are You Teaching the True Thanksgiving Story? by Gary Hopkins Education World ® Editor-in-ChiefAre you teaching the True Thanksgiving story or is the version youre passing on to your students ablend of fact and myth? Ready to set the record straight?"I propose that there may be a good deal that many of us do not know about our Thanksgiving holidayand also about the First Thanksgiving story," says Chuck Larsen in the introduction to Teaching AboutThanksgiving. "I also propose that what most of us have learned about the Pilgrims and the Indians whowere at the first Thanksgiving at Plymouth Plantation is only part of the truth.""When you build a lesson on only half of the information, then you are not teaching the whole truth,"Larsen adds.Larsen seems to know of what he speaks. As a public school teacher, a historian, and an American ofIndian heritage, Larsen has always had a difficult time teaching about the Thanksgiving holiday."Every year I have been faced with the professional and moral dilemma of just how to be honest andinformative with my children at Thanksgiving without passing on historical distortions, and racial andcultural stereotypes," Larsen says in his introduction."The problem is that part of what you and I learned in our childhood about the Pilgrims and Squantoand the First Thanksgiving is a mixture of both history and myth," Larsen continues. "But the theme ofThanksgiving has truth and integrity far above and beyond what we and our forebearers have made ofit. Thanksgiving is a bigger concept than just the story of the founding of Plymouth Plantation."Larsen goes on to try to sort out the myth from the true history in his introduction to "Teaching AboutThanksgiving," a project of The Fourth World Documentation Project of The Center for World IndigenousStudies. The project includes an accurate telling of "The Plymouth Thanksgiving Story" along with studyand discussion questions, ideas for enrichment, art projects, and authentic recipes -- all intended toenable teachers to accurately portray the events surrounding the first Thanksgiving. P a g e | 30
  • 31. In closing his introduction, Larsen provokes with a question: "What started as an inspirational bit of NewEngland folklore soon grew into the full-fledged American Thanksgiving we now know... But was [thatFirst Thanksgiving] really our first Thanksgiving?""There really was a true Thanksgiving story of Plymouth Plantation," Larsen says. "But I strongly suggestthat there has always been a Thanksgiving story of some kind or other for as long as there have beenhuman beings. There was also a First Thanksgiving in America, but it was celebrated thirty thousandyears ago…Every last Thursday in November we now partake in one of the oldest and most universal ofhuman celebrations, and there are many Thanksgiving stories to tell."STEREOTYPES, FOR EXAMPLE"Teaching About Thanksgiving" offers a handful of the "old stereotypes" that are often reinforced inclassrooms across the United States. According to the article, "If you enact the story of the firstthanksgiving as a pageant or drama in your classroom, here are some things to consider: "Indians should wear appropriate clothing. NO WARBONNETS! A blanket draped over one shoulder is accurate for a simple outfit. "Squanto and Samoset spoke excellent English. Other Indians would have said things in the Algonkian language. "These people were noted for their formal speaking style. "Indians in the Woodlands area did not have tipis or horses, so these should not be part of any scenery or backdrop. "Any food served should be authentic. The following would be appropriate: corn soup, succotash, white fish, red meat, various fowl (turkey, partridge, duck), berries (including whole cranberries), maple sugar candies, corn starch candy (believe it or not, candy corn is almost authentic except for the colored dyes), watercress, any kind of bean (red, black, green, pinto), squash…."Larsen has detractors...Caleb Johnson, creator of the MayflowerHistory.com Web pages, claims that Larsens "Teaching AboutThanksgiving" contains many factual errors. Among the facts above disputed by Johnson is the idea that"Squanto and Samoset spoke excellent English." They spoke broken English at best, Johnson writes.In Thanksgiving on the Net: Roast Bull with Cranberry Sauce, Jeremy Bangs makes an effort to siftthrough the "more than two hundred websites that correct our assumptions about Thanksgiving" and P a g e | 31
  • 32. set the record straight. "Setting people straight about Thanksgiving myths has become as much a part ofthe annual holiday as turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie," he writes.THE NATIVE AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE"Young childrens conceptions of Native Americans often develop out of media portrayals and classroomrole playing of the events of the First Thanksgiving. That conception of Native Americans gained fromsuch early exposure is both inaccurate and potentially damaging to others," says Debbie Reese in"Teaching Young Children About Native Americans," an ERIC Digest (May 1996).For example, a visitor to a child care center heard a four-year-old saying, "Indians arent people. Theyreall dead." "This child," Reese says, "had already acquired an inaccurate view of Native Americans, eventhough her classmates were children of many cultures, including a Native American child.""By failing to challenge existing biases we allow children to adopt attitudes based on inaccuracies,"Reese continues."Most of the commercially prepared teaching materials available present a generalized image of NativeAmerican people with little or no regard for differences that exist from tribe to tribe," Reese adds."Many popular childrens authors unwittingly perpetuate stereotypes. Richard Scarrys books frequentlycontain illustrations of animals dressed in buckskin and feathers, while Mercer Mayers alphabet bookincludes an alligator dressed as an Indian."TEACHING SUGGESTIONS: POSITIVE STRATEGIESA number of positive strategies can be used in classrooms, writes Reese. 1. "Provide knowledge about contemporary Native Americans to balance historical information. Teaching about Native Americans exclusively from a historical perspective may perpetuate the idea that they exist only in the past. 2. "Prepare units about specific tribes rather than units about "Native Americans." For example, develop a unit about the people of Nambe Pueblo, the Turtle Mountain Chippewa, the Potawotami. Ideally, choose a tribe with a historical or contemporary role in the local community. Such a unit will provide children with culturally specific knowledge (pertaining to a single group) rather than overgeneralized stereotypes. P a g e | 32
  • 33. 3. "Locate and use books that show contemporary children of all colors engaged in their usual, daily activities (for example, playing basketball or riding bicycles) as well as traditional activities. Make the books easily accessible to children throughout the school year. Three excellent titles on the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico are Pueblo Storyteller by Diane Hoyt- Goldsmith; Pueblo Boy: Growing Up In Two Worlds by Marcia Keegan; and Children of Clay by Rina Swentzell. 4. "Cook ethnic foods but be careful not to imply that all members of a particular group eat a specific food. 5. "Be specific about which tribes use particular items, when discussing cultural artifacts (such as clothing or housing) and traditional foods. The Plains tribes use feathered headdresses, for example, but not all other tribes use them. 6. "Critique a Thanksgiving poster depicting the tradtitional, stereotyped Pilgrim and Indian figures, especially when teaching older elementary school children. Take care to select a picture that most children are familiar with, such as those shown on grocery bags or holiday greeting cards. Critically analyze the poster, noting the many tribes the artist has combined into one general image that fails to provide accurate information about any single tribe. 7. "At Thanksgiving, shift the focus away from reenacting the First Thanksgiving. Instead, focus on items children can be thankful for in their own lives, and on their families celebrations of Thanksgiving at home.""Besides using these strategies in their classrooms, teachers need to educate themselves," Reesecontinues. "Stereotyping is not always obvious to people surrounded by mainstream culture. Numerousguidelines have been prepared to aid in the selection of materials that work against stereotypes.""Much remains to be done to counter stereotypes of Native Americans learned by young children in oursociety," writes Reese in the conclusion to her ERIC Digest. "Teachers must provide accurate instructionnot only about history but also about the contemporary lives of Native Americans."Article by Gary HopkinsEducation World ® Editor-in-ChiefCopyright © 2009 Education World P a g e | 33
  • 34. Historic Florida Indians By Jerry WilkinsonFrom the beginning, the human race has progressed to higher and more efficient life styles. The variousIndian cultures banded together into what we now call tribes. Those that were here when Columbusmade his voyage are referred to as historic Indians or pre-Columbian Indians. Therefore, with the arrivalof the white man and his written language, out went the prehistoric times and in came the historictimes. Fragments of written evidence, such as hand written ships logs and guides (derroteros) began toappear.At the beginning of the historic period, in 1492 AD, it is conservatively estimated that there were about100,000 Indians living in Florida. Some estimate as many as 350,000. Accepting the first estimate, thedistribution is thought of as this: Timucuans in the northeast, 40,000; Apalachee and Pensacola in thenorthwest, 25,000; Tocobaga in the west-central, 8,000; Calusa in the southwest, 20,000; Tequesta inthe southeast, 5,000; Jeaga, Jobe and Ais in the east-central, 2,000. There were others, as well as sub-groups; i.e., Saturiwa, Santaluces, Boca Ratones, Tocobaga, etc. By the late 1700s, it is thought that allof these indigenous Indians were gone. Also, note that there is no mention of the Seminoles, as they didnot enter Florida until the early 1700s.Please be aware that all these Indian names, and those given later, were names given by their so-callededucated new world explorers, primarily Europeans. The presumed names would be recordedphonetically by each writer. Even the Seminoles, who are not indigenous Florida Indians, never did - andstill do not – call themselves when speaking privately among themselves.There exists considerable debate about which historic Indians were the early inhabitants of the Keys.Historians are relatively certain that the Florida West Coast Calusa was dominant and exercised politicalcontrol over the east coast Tequesta’s. However, the two tribe’s pottery differs and fragments ofpottery found in the Keys often indicate presence of the Tequesta, but the living areas (middens) wereshell mounds indicating Calusa. There is also mounting evidence that the Caribbean Island Indians mayhave also inhabited the Keys. The present archaeological evidence is not conclusive, other than thegeneral reference by European travelers to the Matecumbes as the Keys Indians.Another explanation is that the Calusa was actually a confederation of other tribes including theTequesta, Ais, Jeaga and others. All of these major tribes are thought to have been composed of sub-tribes usually named after their respective chiefs, possibly giving rise to names like Matecumbes,Bahiahondas and Biscaynos. The latter were the names prevalently used by the early Europeantravelers to the Keys and the former names to those of the mainland. This compares with a person who P a g e | 34
  • 35. could be described as Irish, American, Floridian, Dade Countian and Miamian, but there is still only oneperson. Ethnology deals with not only the place of origin, but with subsequent divisions anddistributions.I recommend that the serious Florida Keys’ Indian student consult the 1991 and 1994 published booksby John Hann titled Missions to the Calusa, Tacachale edited by Milanich and Proctor, and Florida’s FirstPeople by robin C. Brown. One problem that I found was when the Spanish used the word transcribedas “Cayo or Key”, how does one know if it is the Monroe County Keys or some other Florida Key such asthose on Florida’s west coast. The only time I feel certain is when they refer to the Martyrs. Often theterm “Keys Indians” included the Calusa, Tequesta and other south Florida Indians.The Spanish did most of the early historic writings of the Keys and the following is presented tointroduce the Indian/Spanish attitude in these early times.When Christopher Columbus made his second voyage to Cuba in 1494 with his son Diego as second incharge, the Indians were absolutely friendly. Seventeen years later, when Diego sent Diego Velasquezto Cuba, he was greeted with a cloud of arrows. Chief Hatuey had crossed the Windward Passage fromHispaniola to Cuba and had informed the local natives how terribly the Spanish in Hispaniola weretreating the Indians.Ponce de Leon was not treated as badly by the Florida Indians on his first trip in 1513 as he was on hissecond voyage in 1521. It is generally assumed that Spanish slave ships had visited the Florida coast inbetween de Leon’s voyages and had alienated the Indians.The slavers were visiting the Americas as early as 1502. It was reported that the Indians screamedSpanish words at Ponce de Leon on his second trip. How else could they have so quickly learned Spanishwords?Anyway, relations between the Indians and the Spanish went from bad to worse as time passed,although it was not always predictable. There were many mixed stories. In 1565, Pedro Menendez onhis first trip rescued Spanish survivors who had lived with the Calusa for 20 years. They had survived thesupposedly one-a-year sacrifices to the gods. Hernando de Soto, in 1539, found Juan Ortiz near Tampa.Ortiz had been allowed to live by the intercession of Tocobagan Chief Ucita’s daughter and had evenbeen traded among tribes. (This was 68 years before the John Smith-Pocahontas even at Jamestown.)On the east coast of Florida, a silversmith was allegedly spared to fashion silver articles for his captorsfrom salvaged shipwrecks.It seemed that when European explorers landed on the Florida coasts in the 1500s, the very first thingthey did was to kill somebody. The Spanish, French and English killed each other if no one else was P a g e | 35
  • 36. available. The Indians came to expect this from the Europeans. This made it very difficult anddangerous for innocent shipwreck victims and missionaries to survive at the hands of the wary Indians.One of the better documented accounts of the early Indians is found in the memoirs of Hernandod’Escalante Fontaneda, who was shipwrecked around 1549 when he was 13 years old. He was takencaptive by the Florida Indians and lived with them for 17 years before being released and returned toSpain. Some seven years later, the mature Fonteneda wrote his memoirs, which have been translatedinto English.We are not sure of the located where he was shipwrecked, how he survived and the exact extent of histravels, although they were quite extensive. However, Fontaneda does give an understandabledescription of the Keys (islands nearer to the mainland) and even names the two villages of Cuchiyagaand Guarugunbe. (Variations of these two names appear in many early Spanish maritime records.) Hegave a few hints of where they were located. He knew the ocean channels and understood the positionof the Keys in respect to Cuba and the Bahamas. References were made to the Calusas, the Tequestasand the Lake of Mayaima, et cetera, but he does not name the Keys’ group of Indians specifically.Another account is the Jonathan Dickinson Journal first published by the Quakers in 1699. JonathanDickinson, his wife and infant son, and a party of about 20 in all were shipwrecked on the Florida EastCoast in 1696. He recounts their harrowing journey from Indian village to village to reach St. Augustine.Copies of both are in most libraries.For Keys history, the Native Americans that were here started the wrecking industry, an industry thatwas continued into the late 1800s. They salvaged the crews, cargoes and flotsam of wrecked ships.About all that changed when the Bahamians and Americans become involved were the methods andmeans of disposal.There is also a petition to Spain by Pedro Menendez in 1573 of an incident with the Matecumbe Indians.Eight Spanish were killed and one was spared. He was kept as a slave and fed by an Indian friend. Whowere the Matecumbes? Were they Tequesta, Calusa, or a separate group? One explanation is thatevery time a Spanish group met a group of Indians, regardless of size, they gave them names.By the 1600s the word was out and the Indians were smarter. For one thing, they were trading with theSpanish much more. Gonzalez de Barcia reported they were selling cardinals (the red birds) to theSpanish crews for $6 and $10 apiece. European diseases were by now taking a heavy toll on theindigenous Indians who possessed no immunity, even to the simplest European diseases. Spanishfishermen from Cuba began to fish cooperatively with the Native Floridians. Soon a sizable tradeindustry existed between the two cultures. P a g e | 36
  • 37. In 1711, the Catholic Bishop in Havana sent two ships under Captain Luis Perdomo to rescue Indians ofthe Keys. Havana had received word that British backed Indians from North Florida were destroyingSouth Florida villages and selling the Indians as slaves. These northern Indians were most likely portionsof the Creek Confederacy, later known as the Seminoles. Captain Perdomo brought back 270 indigenousIndians, but said he would have brought more than 2,000 had he had the vessels. Of the 270 refugees,200 died of European diseases in Cuba and 18 returned to Florida. In 1743, another attempt was made,but the priests did about as much harm as good. The priests admitted setting fire to an Indian house ofworship and to committing other acts against perceived idolatry, but the Indians stood fast in theirbeliefs.In 1743, Spain sent Fathers Josephs Alana and Monaco to the Florida Keys as missionaries. Afterstopping at Cayo de Guessos (Key West) and Cayo Frances (Indian Key), they settled at the mouth of theMiami River. In truth, Virginia Key and Key Biscayne are Florida Keys. The next year the mission wascanceled. The Spanish had been bringing “Keys Indians” to Havana since 1704 and they either died of“scattered until they returned to the Keys.”The last major exodus occurred when the Spanish traded Florida to England. Bernard Romans wrote in1763 about 80 indigenous Florida Indian families who had fled from the Keys on a ship bound forHavana. Present documentation seems to suggest that the embarkation occurred from St. Augustine.Some of these may have returned later to form the “Spanish Indians.” Some may have hidden in theEverglades.The Florida Indians, indigenous and immigrant (Seminole), were being annihilated in Florida by disease,by the white man or by their own kind. Over a century later in 1880, it is reported that only 208Seminoles remained and the Seminoles themselves had been immigrants to Florida for no more thantwo centuries.In summary, indigenous natives lived in the Keys until early 1700. They shared the Keys with the Creeks,later to be known as Seminoles, until around 1770. Afterwards, the Keys were primarily used by theSeminoles. NOTE: In 1771, the Florida Creeks and their associates began to be referred to as Seminoles.Source: http://www.keyshistory.org/histindians.html P a g e | 37
  • 38. American Indian Culture Groups Map P a g e | 38
  • 39. Ideas for Teaching About Native AmericansSource: The original article by Carol Otis Hurst, from which this material was taken, firstappeared in the Library Corner column of Teaching K-8 Magazine.The study of Native American people and their cultures is a challenge because of thestereotypes that exist, not only in the literature, but in our own minds and in those of thechildren we teach. Many studies of Indians leave students convinced that all Indians lived intepees then and still do or that they were all wiped out, not that our ancestors didn’t try.DisplaysGet out all the Indian paraphernalia you can find: the models, the novels, the picture books,the maps, the reference materials, the clothing, the handwork. Make a bulletin board entitled:“Learning About the First Americans.” Put photographs and prints of Native Americans todayand yesterday on the bulletin board. Later, as the various groups get their research questionsformulated, put the questions on and around the bulletin board and display areas. Leaveanother bulletin board blank except for the title statement, “Did You Know That …?” As thechildren find interesting facts in their research, they can print the fact on some appropriatelydecorated sentence strip and place it on the bulletin board.Picture Book StartersStart with a picture book at each grade level. Challenge yourself to use a different one witheach group, designed to help focus their thinking on Native Americans. Some suggestionsinclude:Where the Buffaloes Begin, Olaf Baker, Penguin ISBN 0140505601, paperbackBuffalo Woman, Paul Goble, Bradbury ISBN 0027377202, library bindingThe Gift of the Sacred Dog, Macmillan ISBN 0020432801, paperbackGirl Who Loved Wild Horses,, Bradbury ISBN 0027365700, hardcoverThe Desert is Theirs, Byrd Baylor, Macmillan ISBN 0689711050, paperback P a g e | 39
  • 40. Hawk I’m Your Brother, Macmillan ISBN0689711026, paperbackWhen Clay Sings, Macmillan ISBN 0689711069, paperbackKnots on a Counting Rope, Bill Martin, Jr., Holt ISBN 0805005714, library bindingThe Goat in the Rug, Charles Blood, Alladin ISBN 0689714181, paperbackAnnie and the Old One, Little ISBN 0316571172, library bindingLook at the art motifs as shown in these books, particularly those by Goble. Compare them tothose in pictures and objects of handwork by Native Americans. Look at prints of work byRemington and decide how they portrayed the Indian.The Term “Native Americans”Before we go any further, what about the name, “Native Americans”? I know people thatprefer that reference and others who prefer the term “Indian.” Who started each name? Whatdo the people near you prefer? What do the various tribes call themselves? For example, theNavajo have no “v” sound in their language. What do they call themselves?Gathering InformationWhat do your kids know about America’s first people? Get them listing the things they know.Write down everything they give you without comment. You’ll get lots of misconceptions aswell as some facts and understandings. Display their comments on newsprint or on theoverhead so that all can see. Together, categorize the facts into groups. If children point outcontradictions, circle the facts in question.Make a similar listing of things the children want to know about the subject of NativeAmericans. Again, together with the children, organize the questions into logical groupings.Look at your own area. What tribes lived there? Are there any of that tribe still living? Whatdo they do? Where do they live? Make a list of the places and things in your area that haveIndian names. P a g e | 40
  • 41. NonfictionGet on with the study by getting out all the good non-fiction on American Indians such as theseries on the various tribes published by Chelsea House. Don’t neglect other great non-fiction,such as:Only the Names Remain, Alex Bealer, Econoclad ISBN 0785790640, hardcoverIndian Chiefs, Russell Freedman, Holiday ISBN 0823406253, library bindingThe Apache, Patricia McKissack, Childrens ISBN 0516419250, out of printThe Cheyenne, Dennis Fradin, Childrens ISBN 0516412116, paperbackThe Choctaw, E. Lepthien, Childrens ISBN 0516012401, library bindingSitting Bull and the Plains Indians, Watts ISBN 0531181022, out of printThe Story of Wounded Knee, R. Stein, Childrens ISBN 0516446657, paperbackHave some children write to the Council for Indian Education, 517 Rimrock Rd, Billings,Montana 59107. The group publishes books and pamphlets on Native Americans by NativeAmericans.Look at such books as Happily May I Walk by Arlene Hirschfelder (Scribners, 1986 ISBN0684186241. Out of Print.), as well as Byrd Baylor’s books listed previously for a look at Indiansof today to dispel prejudices and misconceptions about Native Americans.Make charts such as the following to organize the information:TRIBE LOCATIONS TRADITIONAL TRADITIONAL FAMOUS POPULATION HOUSING CLOTHING INDIVIDUALS THEN/NOW P a g e | 41
  • 42. Famous Native AmericansChildren can research the lives of some famous Indians and make posters on their lives andaccomplishments. Some possibilities include: Maria Tallchief, Jim Thorpe, Sitting Bull,Geronimo, Sequoyah, Sacajawea, Crazy Horse, Chief Joseph, Squanto, Black Hawk andPocahontas. Speaking of the latter, don’t miss Jean Fritz’s Double Life of Pocahontas (Penguin,1987 ISBN 0399210164, hardcover). Look at some while people whose lives impacted on theIndians such as: Andrew Jackson, James Buchanan, Kit Carson, Buffalo Bill, Daniel Boone,William Bradford, Davy Crockett, George Catlin, Marcus Whitman, Peter Minuit, Jim Bridger,and Jeddediah Strong Smith. Debate such questions as: Did this person help the white settlers,the Indians, him or herself or a combination of people? Should today’s Native Americans beproud of or grateful to this person? Why or why not? How did the railroad, the Civil War andthe Pony Express affect the lives of Indians?Indian MythologyGet out some of the books on Indian mythology such as John Bierhorst’s The Girl Who Marrieda Ghost and Other Tales from the North American Indian (Macmillan, 1978 ISBN 0027097404,paperback) and Gretchen Mayo’s Star Tales: North American Indian Stories About the Stars(Walker, 1987 ISBN 0802766730, paperback) and compare some of their tales with those of theGreeks and Romans. Compare creation stories from Native American cultures as well as others.Poetry and Prose by Native AmericansAlso have some of the beautiful prose and poetry of Native American’s such as that in JohnBierhorst’s In the Trail of the Wind: American Indian Poems and Ritual Orations (Farrar, 1971ISBN 0374336407, paperback). Children can copy some of them on to paper painted to looklike birch bark.NovelsDon’t neglect the longer works of fiction involving Native Americans. There are Lynn Banks’books The Indian in the Cupboard (Avon ISBN 0380600129, paperback), The Return of theIndian (Avon ISBN 0380702843, paperback), and Secret of the Indian (Doubleday ISBN0385262922, paperback) of course, already wildly popular with children at many grade levels. P a g e | 42
  • 43. What do some Native Americans think about these books by an English author? Is there aprejudice evident in her making them into tiny plastic characters?Some children will enjoy Jean George’s The Talking Earth (Harper, 1987 ISBN 0064402126,paperback). It’s the story of a young Seminole girl who is sent into the Everglades as part of arite of passage. The stay turns into an ordeal as the intended three week vigil turns into 13weeks.Jamake Highwater has written some wonderful books on Native American cultures. His LegendDays (Harper, 1984 ISBN 0060223030, out of print) is about an Indian girl fleeing from anoutbreak of smallpox who has a vision which fills her with power.Contrast the nonfictional Only the Names Remain, listed previously, with Scott O’Dell’s SingDown the Moon, the story of the Navajo’s forced Long Walk as seen through Bright Morningand her husband, Tall Boy.A different look is given to Joyce Rockwood’s Groundhog’s Horse (Holt, 1978 ISBN 0805011730,paperback). When this eleven year old Cherokee boy’s horse is stolen by the Creeks, heresolves to get it back and does so in spite of the lack of support from his tribe.Comparing InformationCompare the information gained in the fictional works with that of the non-fiction. Investigateany discrepancies.Speaking of discrepancies, hand out copies of that first “report” you did at the beginning. Letchildren circle any misconceptions or inaccuracies in their first thoughts about NativeAmericans to see what they have learned in the past few weeks. P a g e | 43
  • 44. Lesson Plans For Teachers ofElementary Students P a g e | 44
  • 45. American Indian StereotypesOBJECTIVES:Students will identify Native American Indian tribes and research their lifestyles.SUGGESTED TIME: 60 minutesDESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES: 1. Begin this lesson by asking students to draw a picture of a Native American, their home and their surroundings. The students will likely draw pictures that include many stereotypes and over generalizations about Native Americans. 2. Ask several students to share their drawings and make a list on the board of some of the similarities seen in the students’ drawings. 3. Ask students where they learned to picture Native Americans this way. Answers will likely include television and movies. 4. Explain that many of the images we see are not accurate or only accurate to a limited number of tribes; i.e., the nomadic Plains tribes whose nomadic cultures ended in the late 1800s. 5. Discuss the concept of stereotyping and use the student’s drawings to illustrate how we have learned to stereotype most Native Americans from our television and movie experiences. Among the stereotypes and overgeneralizations students might have included in their drawings include: Teepees -- Teepees were common to some Plains Indian tribes, but not to many other tribes. War bonnets -- Some tribes wore war bonnets, but not all. Not all war bonnets looked alike. P a g e | 45
  • 46. Bows and arrows -- Some tribes hunted and fought with bows and arrows, but most tribes used a wide variety of tools and weapons. Headbands – Headbands were not typical of most tribes dress. Horses or buffaloes - Horses and buffalo hunting were common to only the Plains tribes. 6. To illustrate the wide variety of cultures that exist among Native Americans, show students pictures of other Native American culture groups,; e.g. Southwest, Eastern Woodlands, Northwest Coast.ASSESSMENT STRATEGY:Ask students to locate at least 3 pictures of Native Americans that clearly show the diversitythat existed among the tribes and cultures.MATERIALS/AIDS NEEDED:Drawing materialPhotos/drawings of various Native American tribes P a g e | 46
  • 47. Florida’s Native AmericansOBJECTIVES:Students will Identify Native American Indian tribes and research their lifestyles.SUGGESTED TIME: 180 minutesDESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES: 1. Provide students with “Florida’s Native Americans” hand-out. The students may read the information about the various Florida Native American tribes individually or in groups. 2. Distribute the “Native Floridians” chart. Students may work individually, in pairs or in groups to complete the chart. Each heading should include at least one example. 3. Extension Activity: Students could extend the activity by dividing into groups, according to native Florida tribes, and create a skit or dramatization of daily life in the tribe, reflecting their traditions and customs, how they used natural resources, and how they dealt with the incoming Europeans.ASSESSMENT STRATEGY:Successful accomplishment of this lesson will be demonstrated by the students producing anaccurate chart of the various Native Floridian tribes. If the extension activity is selected, the skitor dramatization should accurately reflect the various Native Floridian cultures and their waysof life.SOURCES:• Harcourt Horizons-Florida; Harcourt School Publishers; Harcourt Incorporated,2005• http://fcit.usf.edu/floridaMATERIALS/AIDS NEEDED:“Florida’s Native Americans” reading passages“Native Floridians” compare and contrast chart P a g e | 47
  • 48. FLORIDA’S NATIVE AMERICANS Southern and Central TribesThe Calusas - A Fierce People Many different groups of Native Floridians lived in southern and central Florida. The Calusaswere the largest and strongest among these groups. The name Calusa means “a fierce people.” The Calusas had lands on Florida’s southwestern coast, from Charlotte Harbor to the TenThousand Islands. The Calusa chief and his family may have lived on Mound Key. Mound Key isa small island in Estero Bay near present-day Fort Meyers. Chief Carlos was one of the most powerful Calusa chiefs. A Spanish visitor to Florida in the1500s described Chief Carlos as “the most handsome and the tallest Indian of the region, agreat warrior and one who had many subjects *followers}....” Like all Native Americans, the Calusas used natural resources to meet their needs. Becausethe Calusas lived along the Gulf of Mexico, fish and shellfish were their most important foods.The Calusas caught fish in large woven nets. They ate so much shellfish that the shells theythrew away formed giant middens (a trash pile). This may be why Spanish explorers named theterritory of the Calusas “the Coast of Shells.” The Calusas used shells mixed with soil to make mounds as tall as 30 feet (9 m). They builttemples and other important buildings on top of these mounds. The Calusas were also excellent sailors. They dug long canals through marshes and acrossislands to create water routes. They traveled in dugouts to neighboring tribes to trade. Thecanals made travel faster and easier. The Calusas even traveled as far as Cuba in the dugoutcanoes they made from cypress trees. Because the Calusas were so powerful, other tribes in southern Florida paid tribute to them.Tribute is payment made for protection. The tribute increased the wealth of the Calusas.The Tocobagas - Mound Builders The Tocobagas lived at the northern end of Tampa Bay. The salt water of Tampa Bay was fullof fish and shellfish. There were also freshwater streams that held many different kinds of food. P a g e | 48
  • 49. Many tribes lived in the Tampa Bay area, not just the Tocobagas. Much of the land insouthern and central Florida was too wet for farming. So Native Americans who lived in thearea fished, gathered plants, and hunted for food. One thing made the Tocobagas different from any other tribe in central Florida. They were notfarmers, but they had corn. No one knows how they got it. Tribes north of Tampa Bay, nearpresent-day Dade City, did grow corn, so the Tocobagas may have gotten it from them. The Tocobagas lived in small villages. They built their houses around a public square, nowcalled a plaza. The plaza was where the villagers would meet to talk and to celebrate specialevents. The Tocobagas were mound builders. In each village, they built a mound next to the plaza.Often, they built the chief’s house and temples on top of mounds. Tocobaga villages also hadburial mounds. These may have been in the village or outside of it nearby. When a Tocobaga chief died, the people of the village held a ceremony for him. A ceremony isa series of actions done during a special event. The villagers put the chief’s body in the templefor four days. During those four days they fasted, or did not eat any food. The fasting was toshow respect for the chief. At the end of the four days, the villagers gathered to say prayers.Then they buried the chief in one of the burial mounds.The Tequestas - Indians of the Southeast South of the Tocobagas and bordering the Calusas were the Tequestas. The Tequestas wereone of the groups that paid tribute to the Calusas. The Tequestas lived in southeastern Florida,on the Miami River, near Biscayne Bay. The Tequesta chief lived in the largest village, which wasclose to the mouth of the Miami River. Like the Calusas, the Tequestas were mainly hunters and gatherers. They ate mostly fish andshellfish but also hunted bears, deer, and other animals in the Everglades for food. Theygathered palm nuts, palmetto berries, sea grapes, and coco plums. The Tequestas even groundup the roots of some plants to make flour for baking. The Tequestas used resources from land and water to meet their other needs as well. Theyturned sharks’ teeth into knives, clay into pottery, and cyprus logs into dugouts. The Tequestasalso made drinking cups, fishhooks, arrows, and tools from shells. P a g e | 49
  • 50. The Tequestas, however, never grew as powerful as the Calusas. As a result, they paid tributeto the Calusas to avoid conflicts. Tribes of Northern FloridaThe Apalachees - A Farming People The Apalachees lived in the western Panhandle of Florida between the Aucilla andOchlockonee Rivers. This tribe lived north and west of the Calusas, Tequestas, and Tocobagas. Unlike central and southern Florida, northern Florida had rich land. This made it possible forthe Apalachees to grow most of their food. The Apalachees stored their food in raised buildingscalled garitas. The Apalachees became excellent farmers of squash, beans, and corn. In fact,these vegetables grew so well together that the Apalachees called them the “Three Sisters.” Even though the Apalachees farmed more than other Native Floridians, they still hunted,fished, and gathered shellfish for food. They also gathered wild plants, nuts, and berries to eat. Every native group in Florida had its own traditions. A tradition is an idea or way of doingsomething that has been handed down from the past. One important Apalachee traditon was aball game played during the summer. Players from different villages took part in the game,which could last for several days. Two equal teams - sometimes with as many as 50 players oneach team - played the Apalachee ball game. The object of the game was to score points with asmall ball made of deerskin and stuffed with clay. On the playing field stood a tall, thick log withan eagle’s nest on top of it. A team received points for kicking the ball against the log or intothe eagle’s nest. The game was part of the Apalachees’ religious ceremonies, and it was alsoplayed just for sport. Each tribe in Florida also had its own government, or system for deciding what is best for agroup of people. A government has both leaders and rules. It is supposed to protect its peopleand settle their problems. Leading the Apalachee government were two head chiefs. Each had a special job. One headchief ruled when the Apalachees were at peace. The other head chief was in charge duringtimes of war. Each Apalachee village also had its own chief. The village chiefs were watched over by a chiefwho ruled several villages. In turn, this chief reported to the two head chiefs. P a g e | 50
  • 51. Like other Native Floridians, the Apalachees built mounds. The earliest Apalachee moundswere built about 1,000 years ago at Lake Jackson near Tallahassee. The Apalachees’ moundsserved many purposes. Some mounds had a temple or a chief’s home built on top. Others wereused as burial sites.The Timucuas - A Forest People The Timucuas lived in central and northeastern Florida, between the Aucilla River and theAtlantic Ocean. Their lands stretched almost as far south as present-day Orlando. The Timucuas’ ways of life were tied to the forests. The people cut logs from the trees to useas posts and poles in the round houses that they built. They used palm leaves and branches forthe roofs. They also carved tools and dugouts from wood. The forest provided the Timucuas with food, too. They gathered the nuts and fruits that grewwild there. They also hunted wild animals, such as turkeys, deer, and bears. The Timucuascooked the meat over an open flame. They made clothing from the animal skins and tools fromthe bones. Rivers and streams were another important source of food - fish and shellfish. The Timucuashunted alligators. The Timucuas also used the water routes to travel by dugout. They paddledto other villages to trade with the people there. Like the Apalachees, the Timucuas were farmers. They grew corn, beans, and squash. Avillage’s distance from the sea affected how much its people depended on farming. TheTimucuas who lived close to the sea may have gotten more of their food from fishing. Timucuaswho lived far inland may have grown most of their food. The basic unit of Timucuan government was the village. A village was made up of severalclans, or extended families. Villages agreed to help each other, especially if one of the villageswas attacked. The villagers also helped each other by providing food. Each village had a public storehousewhere the clans brought their crops. This food could be shared by all the villagers during hardtimes. In this way, the Timucua Indians worked together for the common good of their tribes. P a g e | 51