Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Friday, September 19, 2014

First Nations Seeker

I just wanted to share with you a wonderful Native American resource. It is the First Nations Seeker: A Directory of North American Indigenous Portal Websites. It also includes online maps of all tribes across the continent.

First Nations Seeker

This is really a wonderful and quite thorough resource for anyone seeking out information on Native History--and would also be helpful for educational purposes. To visit the site just click on the image above and it will take you directly there.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Valley of the Rosebud

I was in the mood for creating some digital art today. So I found a Native American Photo that inspired me and had some fun with it. This was the result.

Valley of the Rosebud

This original photo is entitled, 'The Valley of the Rosebud,' and was taken circa 1905 by renowned photographer, Edward S. Curtis. It is described by the Library of Congress as depicting a "Cheyenne Indian, wearing warbonnet headdress, on horseback at a pool of water."

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Navaho Smile

The original Native American photo in this digital art is from the Edward S. Curtis Collection at the Library of Congress. It is titled, 'Navaho Smile,' and it was taken circa 1904.

Navaho Smile Edward S Curtis

I adore this photo of this beautiful Native woman, who truly smiles from within. So I had to share it with you here.

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Heart of Everything That Is

The Heart of Everything That Is:
The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend

(Native American History)
by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

The Untold Story of Red Cloud An American Legend

This book is due to be released Tuesday, November 5th. The Publisher's description is very detailed, and would seem to make for a compelling and well-researched read about a great Sioux warrior, whose vital place in Native American History has been sorely overlooked for far too long.

From the Publisher:
The great Sioux warrior-statesman Red Cloud was the only American Indian in history to defeat the United States Army in a war, forcing the government to sue for peace on his terms. At the peak of Red Cloud’s powers the Sioux could claim control of one-fifth of the contiguous United States and the loyalty of thousands of fierce fighters. But the fog of history has left Red Cloud strangely obscured. Now, thanks to the rediscovery of a lost autobiography, and painstaking research by two award-winning authors, the story of our nation’s most powerful and successful Indian warrior can finally be told.

Born in 1821 near the Platte River in modern-day Nebraska, Red Cloud lived an epic life of courage, wisdom, and fortitude in the face of a relentless enemy—the soldiers and settlers who represented the “manifest destiny” of an expanding America. He grew up an orphan and had to overcome numerous social disadvantages to advance in Sioux culture. Red Cloud did that by being the best fighter, strategist, and leader of his fellow warriors. As the white man pushed farther and farther west, they stole the Indians’ land, slaughtered the venerated buffalo, and murdered with impunity anyone who resisted their intrusions. The final straw for Red Cloud and his warriors was the U.S. government’s frenzied spate of fort building throughout the pristine Powder River Country that abutted the Sioux’s sacred Black Hills—Paha Sapa to the Sioux, or “The Heart of Everything That Is.”

The result was a gathering of angry tribes under one powerful leader. “The white man lies and steals,” Red Cloud told his thousands of braves at council fire. “My lodges were many, now they are few. The white man wants all. They must fight for it.” What came to be known as Red Cloud’s War (1866–1868) culminated in a massacre of American cavalry troops that presaged the Little Bighorn and served warning to Washington that the Plains Indians would fight, and die, for their land and traditions. But many more American soldiers would die first.

In The Heart of Everything That Is, Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, the New York Times bestselling authors of Halsey’s Typhoon and The Last Stand of Fox Company, restore Red Cloud to his rightful place in American history in a sweeping and dramatic narrative based on years of primary research. As they trace the events leading to Red Cloud’s War they provide intimate portraits of the many and various men and women whose lives Red Cloud touched—mountain men such as the larger-than-life Jim Bridger; U.S. generals like William Tecumseh Sherman who were charged with annihilating the Sioux; fearless explorers such as the dashing John Bozeman; and the warriors whom Red Cloud groomed, the legendary Crazy Horse in particular. And residing at the heart of the story is Red Cloud, fighting for the very existence of the Indian way of life.

This fiery narrative, fueled by contemporary diaries and journals, newspaper reports, eyewitness accounts, and meticulous firsthand sourcing, is a stirring chronicle of the conflict between an expanding white civilization and the Plains Indians who stood in its way. The Heart of Everything That Is not only places the reader at the center of this remarkable epoch, but finally gives Red Cloud the modern-day recognition he deserves.

If any of you happen to read this book, we would love to hear your thoughts and comments.