Aboriginal History

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Aboriginal Ontario: Historical Perspectives on the First Nations
Rogers, Edward S.; Smith, Donald B. (eds.)
Book
1994
Essays on the history of Ontario's native people.
Atlas of Great Lakes Indian History
Tanner, Helen Hornbeck (ed): Cartography by Miklos Pinther
Book
1987
Focuses on the Great Lakes Region, in both Canada and the United States.
Big Bear: Connexipedia Article
Article
Cree leader who was involved in the North-West Resistance and subsequently imprisoned. (1825-1888).
Big Bear: Connexipedia: Article in the Canadian Encyclopedia
Article
Cree leader who was involved in the North-West Resistance and subsequently imprisoned. (1825-1888).
The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico
Leon-Portilla, Migueal (ed.)
Book
1962
Translated selections of Nahuatl-language accounts of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire.
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
Brown, Dee
Book
1971
A well documented account of the systematic destruction of the American Indian.
The Children of Aataentsic: A History of the Huron People to 1660
Trigger, Bruce
Book
1987
The Children of Aataentsic is both a full-scale ethnohistory of the Huron Indian confederacy and a far-reaching study of the causes of its collapse under the impact of the Iroquois attacks of 1649.
Christopher Who? -- Discovering the Americas
McKenna, Paul; Taylor, Norman
Article
1990
Columbus seen as a conqueror.
Columbus: His Enterprise
Koning, Hans
Book
1976
The traditional view of Christopher Columbus was as a single-minded, courageous visionary whose navigational skills led him to "discover" the Americas. Hans Koning gives us a different history of Colu...
Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia
Keneally, Thomas
Book
2005
A history of the first four years of the convict settlement in Australia, examining the interplay of soldiers, convicts, and Aborigines.
Connexions Library: History Focus Page
Website
2009
Selected articles, books, documents and other resources on historical topics.
Connexions Library: Oral History Focus Page
Website
2009
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on oral history.
Dakota War of 1862: Connexipedia Article
Article
An armed conflict between the United States and several bands of the eastern Sioux or Dakota.
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt
Hedges, Chris; Sacco, Joe
Book
2012
The searing account Chris Hedges' and Joe Sacco's travels to sacrifice zones, those areas in the United States where human beings and the natural world are used and then discarded to maximize profit, ...
Deganawida (The Great Peacemaker): Connexipedia Article
Article
The founder of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy.
Earth into Property: Colonization, Decolonization, and Capitalism
Hall, Anthony J.
Book
2010
A broad exploration of the colonial roots of global capitalism and the worldwide quest of Indigenous people for liberation through decolonization. Part Two of The Bowl with One Spoon.
Facing West: the Metaphysics of Indian-Hating and Empire Building
Drinnon, Richard
Book
1997
From John Endicott's war on the Niantics and Pequots, to the horrors of the My Lai massacre, Drinnon illustrates how Indian-hating in the Americas became a national pastime, and how that same hate was...
Five Centuries of Imperialism and Resistance: Vol. 8: 1492-1992
Bourgeault, Ron et. al.
Book
1992
A collection of poems and essays giving various perspectives on resistance to imperialism and capitalism.
Forced Native Labor in Sixteenth-Century Central America
Sherman, William L.
Book
1979
Presents a comprehensive investigation of the primary issue of the first century of Spanish American colonization: the massive system of Indian forced labour, ranging from outright slavery to the enco...
41 Years Since Jumping Bull (But 500 Years of Trauma)
Peltier, Leonard
Article
2016
Leonard Peltier writes about his own case and about the 500 years of violence and injustice directed at indigenous peoples.
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
Mann, Charles. C.
Book
2005
A portrait of human life in the Americas before the arrival of Columbus.
From the Red Power movement to Idle No More
Lannon, Valerie
Article
2013
Red Power stands for mass, united, militant action. Red Power, like Black Power, set off a wave of action and a level of consciousness in both the indigenous and non-indigenous communities, which has ...
The Fusion of Anabaptist, Indian and African as the American Radical Tradition
Goldner, Loren
Article
1987
The native American radical tradition, originating ultimately in the radical religious currents who "lost" at the very dawn of capitalism, and their meeting with the non-Western peoples--Indian and Af...
Great Law of Peace: Connexipedia Article
Article
The oral constitution that created the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Confederacy.
Harvest of Devastation: The Industrialization of Agriculture and its Human and Environmental Consequences
Vallianatos, E.G.
Book
1994
Explains how western farming practices being imposed in other countries harm peasant communities, indigenous cultures, and the ecology.
A History of Canadian Wealth
Myers, Gustavus
Book
1914
Myers lays bare the corruption, swindling, land deals, and bribery that are at the basis of Canadian history. This is Canada's past seen through the eyes of a muckraker.
The History of Costa Rica
Molina, Ivan; Palmer, Steven
Book
1998
An overview of Costa Rican history with an emphasis on how Costa Ricans have been able to make their own history, "though they do not make it just as they choose."
How American History Erases Mass Killings Against Native Americans
Article
2017
In the wake of recent American mass killings, the author reminds us of mass murders of indigenous people in American history.
I Have Lived Here Since the World Began: An Illustrated History of Canada's Native People
Ray, Arthur J.
Book
1996
Ray shows that Native culture played an important -- and largely unrecognized -- part in Canada's economic development. Rather than being "civilized" by European explorers, the indigenous people were ...
In 1492, What Did Columbus Really Do?
McKenna, Paul
Article
1990
A summary of various resistance movements then being organized to protest celebrating the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' first landing in the Carribbean.
Indian Giver: A Legacy of North American Native Peoples
Lowes, Warren
Book
1986
Traces some of the significant contributions made by Native people to the modern world.
Karl Marx and the Iroquois: An essay on Marx's Ethnological Notebooks
Rosemont, Franklin
Article
Franklin Rosemont delves into Marx's Ethnological Notebooks and examines their significance and relevance towards today's communist movement.
Legacy: The Natural History of Ontario
Theberge, John B.
Book
1989
A comprehensive, extensively illustrated natural history of Ontario, covering bedrock, soils, birds, mammals, insects, wildflowers, forests, prehistoric life, and much more.
Leonard Peltier: 'My Last Hope for Freedom'
Peltier, Leonard
Article
2016
Leonard Peltier is a political prisoner and Native freedom fighter who has been unjustly incacerated for 40 years. The International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee is ramping up efforts for Peltier...
A Long and Terrible Shadow: White Values, Native Rights in the Americas 1492-1992
Berger, Thomas R.
Book
1991
Against the odds, Native peoples have waged a tenacious struggle to survive and the re-emerge as distinct cultures.
Manifest Destiny? A Native Perspective on 1992
Staats, Greg
Article
1990
1992 will be a year of mourning for North American Indians; a mourning for the fragmentation and loss of our traditional way of life.
George Manuel
Article
1989
Obituary in the Connexions Digest
Marshall, Donald, Jr: Connexipedia: Article in the Canadian Encyclopedia
Article
Accused of murder, Marshall, a 16-year old Micmac, was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. After he had served 11 years in a penitentiary, a re-examination of the case found him innocent. (1...
Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies
Anderson, Kevin B.
Book
2010
Marx’s critique of capital was far broader than is usually supposed. To be sure, he concentrated on the labor-capital relation within Western Europe and North America. But at the same time, he expen...
Metacomet (Metacomb): Connexipedia Article
Article
A war chief of the Wampanoag Indians and their leader in King Philip's War. (Died 1676).
Mississauga Portraits: Ojibwe Voices from Nineteenth-Century Canada
Smith, Donald, B.
Book
2013
This book is about a group of Mississaugans that few people who live in Mississauga, Ontario, today are likely familiar with. The people profiled are none other than a handful of the original inhabita...
A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System, 1879-1986
Milloy, John
Book
1999
Milloy chronicles the heart-breaking realities of the Residential School. This institiution separated thousands of Native children from their families in the Canadian Government's pursuit of "aggressi...
Native Rights in Canada
Cumming, Peter A.
Book
1972
A report on the legal rights of the natives of Canada.
1992 The Theology of Self-Discovery Offers Hope
McKenna, Paul
Article
1990
The Self-Discovery campaign does not confine itself to the struggles of Indigenous People but addresses the concerns of all social and racial groups who have experienced social/cultural destruction un...
1992: A White Christian Perspective
Starkloff, Carl
Article
1990
I would hope that we can enter into a very sober 1992 event, so that native Christians might be able to retrieve those symbols that will give them new strength. I would hope that God is acting now as ...
North-West Rebellion: Connexipedia Article
Article
A brief and unsuccessful uprising by the Métis people of the District of Saskatchewan under Louis Riel against the Dominion of Canada, which they believed had failed to address their concerns for the ...
Occupied Canada
Calihoo, Robert; Hunter, Robert
Book
1991
An autobiography of Robert Calihoo, a native Canadian activist who struggled to regain the reserve that his father had sold out to the Canadian government.
One Nation Under The Gun: Inside The Mohawk Civil War
Hornung, Rick
Book
1991
An account of the poltical and land struggles of the Mohawk people in New York and Montreal.
The Only Good Indian: Essays by Canadian Indians
Waubageshig
Book
The authors of this book are native people, mostly young, from coast to coast in Canada. They are thoughtful, angry, poetic, full of a generous passion to improve their lives.
Opchanacanough: Connexipedia Article
Article
A tribal chief of the Powhatan Confederacy. (Died 1646).
Osceola: Connexipedia Article
Article
War chief of the Seminole in Florida who led a small band of warriors in the Seminole resistance when the United States tried to remove the Seminoles from their lands. (1804-1838).
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - July 2, 2016: Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, and Contempt for Democracy
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Article
2016
Brexit, the British vote to leave the European Union, has thrown the political elites into turmoil and confusion. The referendum was supposed to be a safe political manoeuvre, a way to produce an appe...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - July 23, 2016: Workers and Climate Change
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Working people – and most of us are workers -- are affected by climate change in every aspect of our lives. As climate change worsens, our lives will worsen. If we are successful in bringing about the...
Pemulwuy
Article
2016
Pemulwuy (aka Pimbloy, Pemulvoy, Pemulwoy, Pemulwye) (c1750 - 2 June 1802) was an Aboriginal Australian man born around 1750 in the area of Botany Bay in New South Wales. He is noted for his resistanc...
Pictures Bring Us Messages: Sinaakssiiksi aohtsimaahpihkookiyaawa. Photographs and Histories from the Kainai Nation
Brown, Alison, K., Peers, Laura, with members of the Kainai Nation
Book
2006
An example of museum professionals working with member of an aboriginal community to explore photographs taken of members of that community many decades earlier.
Pontiac: Connexipedia Article
Article
An Ottawa chief who led Pontiac's Rebellion. (1763-1766).
Pontiac's Rebellion: Connexipedia Article
Article
A war launched in 1763 by a loose confederation of elements of Native American tribes primarily from the Great Lakes region, the Illinois Country, and Ohio Country who were dissatisfied with British p...
Pueblo Revolt: Connexipedia Article
Article
An uprising of many pueblos of the Pueblo people against Spanish colonization of the Americas in the New Spain province of New Mexico in 1680.
Reservations Are For Indians
Robertson, Heather
Book
1970
Describes the vicious circle of dependence created by government policies which ensnare aboriginal Canadians, combining an account of life in four reserve communities with a history of government poli...
The Seminole-African Alliance : World News Trust
Mickey Z.
Article
2014
The Native American Indian people that comprised the Seminole Nation grew out of the Creek Nation in Florida. Multilingual and diverse, the Seminoles (from a word meaning “runaway”) became infamous fo...
Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest
Restall, Matthew
Book
2004
Restall explodes myths that were long taken for historical truth and points to a larger and more complex interaction between the indigenous people and the Europeans. He shows how Indian culture adapte...
Stolen Continents: The "New World" Through Indian Eyes
Wright, Ronald
Book
1992
A history of the Americas through Native eyes.
The Strait: Obenabi's Songs
Perlman, Fredy
Book
Obenabi, the narrator, sings the story of his peple confronting the European invader. The tales are personal, emerging from the remembered experiences of his grandmothers. These dramas of conflict, co...
Tecumseh: Connexipedia: Article in the Canadian Encyclopedia
Article
Shawnee chief who attempted to form an alliance of tribes to combat American territorial ambitions and tried to rally the tribes in a common defence against the Americans. (1768-1813).
Tecumseh: Connexipedia Article
Article
Shawnee chief who attempted to form an alliance of tribes to combat American territorial ambitions and tried to rally the tribes in a common defence against the Americans. (1768-1813).
This Benevolent Experiment: Indigenous Boarding Schools, Genocide, and Redress in the United States and Canada
Woolford, Andrew
Book
2015
A multi-layered comparative analysis of indigenous boarding schools in the US and Canada.
This Land Is Not For Sale
McCullum, Karmel; McCullum, Hugh
Book
1976
Examination of Native land claims and development in Canada's north.
Túpac Amaru II: Connexipedia Article
Article
The leader of an indigenous uprising in 1780 against the Spanish occupation of Peru. (1742-1781).
An Unauthorized Biography of the World: Oral History on the Front Lines
Riordon, Michael
Book
2004
This book uses oral history to discuss oral history. It is in memoir style, and delves into how oral history is done in such places as First Nations (Canada), Turkey, Chicago, Newfoundland, Peru, New ...
The Unjust Society
Cardinal, Harold
Book
1969
Attacks Canada's governments for their treatment of Native People and calls for just solutions.
Who owns knowledge?
Malik, Kenan
Article
2007
The resurgence of a Romantic view of culture poses a real menace to the free flow of knowledge and threatens to corral it into intellectual Bantustans. The ideas of free speech and open debate become ...
The World Without Us
Weisman, Alan
Book
2007
A thought experiment to see what would happen to the planet if human beings simply disappeared.
Year 501: The Conquest Continues
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1993
An examination of the U.S. role in the world placed in the long historical perspective of the 500 years that followed the voyages of Columbus.

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Argentina Replaces Columbus Statue with Indigenous Heroine
teleSUR
2015
Bolivian President Evo Morales’ visit to his Argentina counterpart Cristina Fernandez Wednesday will focus not only on bilateral agreements between the two nations, but also South America's independen...
The Bone Collectors
A Brutal Chapter in Australia's Past
Daley, Paul
2014
The remains of hundreds of Aboriginal people, dug up from sacred ground and once displayed in museums all over the world, are now stored in a Canberra warehouse. When will they be given a national res...
The Cambridge Companion to Canadian Literature
Kröller, Eva-Marie
2004
Broad surveys of fiction, drama, and poetry, Aboriginal writings, Francophone writings, autobiography, literary criticism, writing by women, urban writing, nature writing, travel writing, and short fi...
Canada Rediscovered
McGhee, Robert
1991
Robert McGhee descirbes wat we know about early European explorations of what is now Canada - Irish, Norse, English Portuguese, French, Spanish - as well as the early Europeans' interactions with the ...
The Conquest of the Incas
Hemming, John
1970
This work of history removes the Incas from the realm of legend and shows the reality of their struggles against the Spanish invasion.
A History and Ethnography of the Beothuk
Marshall, Ingeborg
1996
The Beothuk, the aboriginal inhabitants of Newfoundland, were hunters, gatherers, and fishers who moved seasonally between the coast and the interior. With the influx of European settlements and fishe...
The Koori History Website Project
information on Black Australia's 240 year struggle for justice.
1904-1924: 'The North American Indian'
One man's vision of a continent of cultures
Arbuckle, Alex Q
2015
With J. P. Morgan's funding, Edward Sheriff Curtis spent more than 20 years crisscrossing North America, creating over 40,000 images of more than 80 different tribes. They conceived a 20-volume series...
The Ojibwa of Southern Ontario
Schmalz, Peter S.
1991
A history of the Ojibwa in Southern Ontario.
The Ojibway: A Critical Bibliography
Tanner, Helen Hornbeck
1976
Preservation or plunder? The battle over the British Museum's Indigenous Australian show
Daley,Paul
2015
Indigenous Australians are calling for the objects on show at the British Museum's new exhibition to be returned.
Stolen Lives
The 'sisters' who are challenging Australia to admit to its forced separation of Aboriginal families
Campbell, Beatrix
2001
The issue of Austaralia's stolen children.

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Vanguard Magazine
Periodical profile published 1976
Greene, Bonnie (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1976
An independent Christian magazine dealing with social issues.