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William L Sawyers
William S Prettyman
George B Cornish
Selling the 'Noble Savage' Myth: George Catlin and the Iowa Indians in Europe, 1843-1845
This study is partly about the American artist George Catlin and his white contemporaries who promoted a mythical image of Native Americans for profit. Their story is relatively well known to historians...
Siem-o-nad-o, Mojave Indian
Reproduction of a portrait painting of Siem-o-nad-o, a Mojave Indian, by E.A. Burbank, San Carlos, Ariz.
Singing of the Wrongs and Heroism of the Indians
Article profiles author Helen Hunt Jackson and her inspiration, Bright Eyes (Susette) La Flesche. Jackson was captivated by Bright Eyes' 1879 speaking appearances in Boston, and went on to write Century...
Slave, Trader, Interpreter, and World Traveler
Article on Jeffrey Deroine, an African-American fur trader and interpretor with the Ioway Agency. Born a slave in St. Louis, Missouri in 1804, Deroine spent his adolescence working as a fur trader for...
Native Americans performing a dance in front of Municipal Auditorium on 13th Street.
Partial frontal view of spring house.
Sutter In Westport: Prelude For a Pioneer, Part I
The author states in the beginning of the article that "historians have largely relied again and again on just a few (not unbiased) chroniclers to depict Sutter's 1836-1838 Westport experience. Fortunately...
Take No Prisoners
Article examines the Sand Creek Massacre, an altercation between the Colorado militia and several bands of Cheyenne and Arapahoe Indians on November 29, 1864. Nearly two hundred Native Americans were killed...
The 50 Greatest Books on the American West
Article lists contributors' choices of the 50 books most crucial to understanding westward expansion and pioneer life. The books address subjects such as the fur trade, agriculture, criminal violence,...
The Kansas City Times' Map of Oklahoma
"Taken from government surveys." Shows proposed railroad and stage line and includes "Direction for Locating a Claim." Specific areas of Indian tribes noted.
The Memoirs of Jared L. Sanderson, ''Stagecoach King,'' Part II
February 1, 2006
Second installment of the memoirs of Jared L. Sanderson, describing his encounters with Native Americans on the Santa Fe Trail, use of mules and horses in freighting, and the early days of Colorado and...
The Memoirs of Jared L. Sanderson, 'Stagecoach King,' Part III
May 1, 2006
Third installment of the memoirs of Jared L. Sanderson, describing the land on the trail between Kansas City and Santa Fe, the pre-Civil War era in Kansas, and various impressions of and encounters with...
The Missouri River Fur Trade in 1860
Brief article focuses upon the activities of Henry A. Boller and his interaction with Native Americans and western fur traders along the Missouri River in 1860. A short biography of Boller is provided....
The Missouria Indian Nation
In 1682 the two dominant tribes in Missouri were the Missouria and Osage. This article looks at the Missouria, who "ceased being an independent nation prior to 1795," and about whom little has been written....
The Ozarks in Missouri History
Brief article on the history of the Ozarks region of Missouri. Beginning with the term "Ozark," the author traces the ways in which geologists, writers, journalists, and historians have explored this "vernacular...
The Rise and Fall of Indian Country, 1825-1855
The book details the relationship between Indians of the Plains area, white settlers, and the federal government. Local Indian tribes mentioned include: Kansa, Osage, Pawnee, Potawatomi, Shawnee and Wyandot,...
The Shawnee Prophet Grave Site
June 28, 1905
Article describing the history of the burial site of Indian leader Tensquatawa, also known as the Shawnee Prophet. Tensquatawa spent his final days living in the area near White Feather Spring in present-day...
The U.S. Army, Indian Agency, and the Path to Assimilation
Article on the First Indian Home Guards, a Civil War Union army unit from Kansas consisting of refugee Creeks, Cherokees, Seminoles, Choctaws, and Chickasaws from Indian Territory. Mustered in May 1862...
This Must Have Been A Grand Sight, George Bent and the Battle of Platte Bridge
Article gives a brief history of George Bent, son of William Bent and Owl Woman, and an account of the Battle of Platte Bridge. This particular battle is "of interest because we have a detailed description...
Trading on the Missouri and Upper Mississippi -- 1831
Transcription of two documents from 1831 that list a geographical outline of trade with Native Americans in Missouri at that time. The documents were taken from the records of William Clark, Superintendent...
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