American Indians are the indigenous peoples of the North American continent. As a group, they are also known as Native Americans, as First Nations, as Native people, and by many other names. Their ancestors were displaced, oppressed, and almost wiped out entirely by European invaders and settlers, starting in the 16th century. Before the conquest, the American Indian numbered more than five hundred nations, just as there are hundreds of nations on the European and Africans continents now. Each had its own culture, religion, language, and way of life. Today, contemporary American Indians are making their own way in the world, despite continuing human rights atrocities against them, oppression of their cultures, and occupation of their lands. Please visit the links section for background information on this fascinating group of people and their history, and then visit the people section for biographical information on some contemporary American Indian people whom I admire very much.
Here are some links to informative pages on this topic:
- The American Indian Movement. If you visit only a single site about Native Americans, this is the one. I suggest that you read their introduction and the history of the movement, and then explore the rest of the site.
- Arguably the classic book on American Indian history is Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee.
- Wikipedia article.
- The National Museum of the American Indian, run by non-natives, namely the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., nonetheless curates a fascinating selection of American Indian art and artifacts.
- John Trudell. Visit his site to learn about this American Indian poet, musician, actor and activist. That's him up there in the header image of this site. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie based on his life.
- Wilma Mankiller. Read the biography of the Former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. A politician worthy of respect.
- Buffy Sainte-Marie. A wonderful musician and activist. Her album Coincidence and Likely Stories is indescribably good.
This is the approved fanlisting for American Indians. A fanlisting is simply a place for all fans of a particular subject to come together and build the biggest listing of people from all around the world who are fans of that subject. To my mind, it's a great excuse to build a little tribute site. :) There are over 50,000 fanlistings in existence and the number is growing all the time. Some are simple fanlistings and some are part of a much bigger website. Find out more about the fanlistings phenomenon at the Fanlistings Network.
The fanlisting was originally opened by Lisa, who kindly allowed me to adopt it in May 2007. My name is Tehomet. If you have any questions or comments, drop me a line. To see what other projects I am interested in, go to my domain. Thank you for visiting.