Monday, November 17, 2014

A Tribute to the First Americans

Giving Thanks for Native Americans  Native American Heritage Month was established to pay tribute to the contribu-
tions and rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.  Image courtesy of the Native American Heritage Month page of 
the Library of Congress.
In recognition of the first Americans and their significant contributions to the establishment and growth of the United States, November is Native American Heritage Month.  Sponsored by the Library of Congress; the National Archives and Records Administration; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the National Gallery of Art; the National Park Service; the Smithsonian Institution; and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Native American Heritage Month was established to pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.

Annie  Annie "Walk Aslant" Cheyenne maiden. 
Photograph by L.A. Huffman.  Copyright The 
Newberry.  Part of an extensive collection of 
materials on American Indian history and cul-
ture accessible in the database American Indian 
The TWU Libraries are honored to join this monthlong tribute, and recommend to Pioneers a visit to a database of unique materials from one of the finest archival collections available on American Indian history and culture.

American Indian Histories and Cultures, one of over 200 databases made available by the libraries to current TWU students and faculty and staff members, contains materials spanning four centuries of North and Central American Indian history and culture.  This extensive collection includes manuscripts (treaties, speeches, petitions, diaries, travel journals and ledger books); artwork (illustrations, sketches, watercolors, oil paintings and American Indian art); American Indian newspapers from the 1960s to the 1990s; rare printed books; photographs; and maps (navigating through this much material can be overwhelming; look for Not Sure Where to Start? on the homepage for an introduction to the database, complete with guided tour.)  Rare and diverse, the materials contained in American Indian Histories and Cultures provide unique insights into the history and culture of Native Americans for scholars, educators and students.  

Access American Indian Histories and Cultures, with current Pioneer Portal login information, from the TWU Libraries homepage (see Databases A-Z List under the heading Research.)  For assistance please contact us. 

~Sandy Cochran with Jimmie Lyn Harris

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