ramblinggirle:

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1957man:

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

leanin:

Trailblazing Women You May Not Know (But Should): Mourning Dove

Each week, the Lean In tumblr will spotlight women who made a lasting mark on the world — yet didn’t always end up in the history books. This week we celebrate Mourning Dove, the Founding Mother of Native American literature and one of the first Native women to publish a novel.

According to her own retelling, Christal Quintasket was born in a canoe crossing the Koontenai River in Idaho. It was a fitting start for a woman who would travel the country throughout her life to collect Native stories.

Quintasket grew up on the Kettle Falls reservation in the 1890s, learning her tribe’s history from her maternal grandmother. When she grew older she worked as a housekeeper and fruit picker to support herself and eventually, to save up for a typewriter. In 1927 she released her first book, Cogewea, The Half-Blood, about ahalf-blood girl caught between the worlds of Anglo ranchers and full-blood reservation Indians, under the name Mourning Dove. It was one of the first known novels ever published by a Native American woman. 

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stuffaboutminneapolis:

Red Lake girl to take part in Macy’s parade

Selena Jourdain, a 12-year-old Red Lake girl, remembers when she first started dancing; it was almost as soon as she started walking.

Selena, a seventh-grader at Red Lake Middle School, will appear on the Oneida Indian Nation’s “True Spirit of Thanksgiving” float, which honors American Indian nations, and represents the Oneida Nation’s creation story with vivid characters, symbols and performers. The float, which premiered in 2008, features a 30-foot-tall white pine “Tree of Peace.”

Selena, who said she thinks she will be on the float and not actually dancing, is a member of the Native Pride Dancers, a Minneapolis-based troupe that aims to share the “spirit and beauty of Indigenous peoples” through dance, music and storytelling.

Selena said she can perform all the dances but is particularly strong as a fancy shawl and jingle dress dancer. Her favorite subject in school is science, and she wants to be a cosmetologist and a “world champion dancer” when she gets older.

via Bemidji Pioneer

nativeamericannews:

Spokane Chiefs Honor Native Heritage Before Playing Hockey

The drums reverberated through Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday like thunder as images of the dancers from the Coeur d’Alene nation’s Julymash Powwow appeared on the big screen.

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nitaohoyo:

INDIANS - CHICKASAW - ESTWILL WARD, GREAT GRANDSON OF JESSE CHISHOLM. CHICKASAW/CHEROKEE/CHOCTAW.

7894. Juanita Johnston Smith Collection. - Photographs. - Box 1. INDIANS - CHICKASAW - ESTWILL WARD, GREAT GRANDSON OF JESSE CHISHOLM. CHICKASAW/CHEROKEE/CHOCTAW.