Collection: Basic Native

Use Of Tobacco Among North American Indians

Tobacco has been one of the most important gifts from the New World to the Old. In spite of the attempts of various authors to prove its Old World origin there can be no doubt that it was introduced into both Europe and Africa from America. Most species of Nicotiana are native to the New World, and there are only a few species which are undoubtedly extra- American. The custom of smoking is also characteristic of America. It was thoroughly established throughout eastern North and South America at the time of the discovery; and the early explorers, from Columbus on, speak of it as a strange and novel practice which they often find it hard to describe. It played an important part in many religious ceremonies, and the beliefs and observances connected with it are in themselves proof of its antiquity. Hundreds of pipes have been found in the pre-Columbian mounds and village sites of the eastern United States and, although these remains cannot be dated, some of them must be of considerable age. In the southwestern United States the Basket Makers, an ancient people whose remains are found below those of the prehistoric Cliff Dwellers, were smoking pipes at a time which could not have been much later than the beginning of our era.

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Stockbridge-Munsee Roll and Schedule

Articles of a treaty made at Stockbridge in the Territory of Wisconsin, on the third day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-nine (treaty of 3 September 1839), between the United States of America, by their commissioner Albert Gallup, and the Stockbridge and Munsee tribes of Indians, who reside upon Lake Winnebago in the territory of Wisconsin. Stockbridge and Munsee Roll Names of Heads of Families of Emigrating Party Number of each Family Number of Acres of land of each Family Value of lands in Dollars and Cents Appraised Value of Improvements Total Value of Lands and Improvements and amount to be paid to Head of each Family Thomas T. Hendrick 6 713 $713 00 $480 50 $1,193 50 Robert Konkapot 4 490½ 490 50 939 00 1,429 50 Timothy Tousse 6 642 642 00 135 00 777 00 Elisha Konkapot 6 642 642 00 67 50 709 50 Cornelius Charles 7 686 686 00 - 686 00 Jonas Konkapot 3 321 321 00 56 25 377 25 Levi Konkapot 1 107 107 00 384 00 491 00 David Abrams 2 214 214 00 - 214 00 Dolly Dockstander 5 597 597 50 168 75 766 25 Eli Hendrick 3 321 321 00 238 25 559 25 Simeon Konkapot 3 321 321 00 - 321 00 Lydia Hendrick 1 107 107 00...

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Indian Cemetery Mailing Lists

Partly because of their age Indian Cemeteries can be difficult to locate unless they were on an Indian Reservation. Over the years many of the Indian Cemeteries have been desecrated or possibly moved. On these lists we welcome your transcriptions of Cemeteries, links to ones presently on line, or answers to other peoples questions about a grave in a cemetery. If you have transcribed a cemetery and would like to have that online and do not have web space, just ask and we will be pleased to provide you space.

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Indian Genealogy

You research your Indian genealogy using the same technique you would for any other ancestry. Start with yourself and work your way back, no short cuts! Don’t start with Sacagawea, because somebody in your family says you’re related to her, and try to work your way forward. YOU need to step your way backward in time, documenting along the way, because you’ll never know how well the research was done before you. People research genealogy for several reasons, I do it because I want to know who came before me – your reason may be different. Please try Beginning Genealogy, where there are very basic steps to get you started, including forms. Keep in mind, along the way you may find information you don’t like, none of our families were or are perfect. These stories of my ancestors makes my search more intriguing. There are some additional facts you need to know in researching your Indian Genealogy: Name of the Person Today we don’t think about our name, our parents gave it to us. Many of our Indian ancestors had only one name. Their surname name was given to them, by agents of the US Government or chosen from a list.  Unlike the immigrants to Ellis Island, they were given little choice in their names. If you look at the 1817 Reservation Roll, you will see that many people...

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