The published history of Native America has long been told primarily through messengers whose writings are often inaccurate, distorted, and/or limited. Anthropologists, archeologists, and missionaries have been the primary written recorders of the European march across the continent. Our own historians were oral keepers of the record, and our feats and achievements were recognized in our activities, buildings, art, ceremonies, and family and tribal story telling.
In the late 1800s, however, a cadre of “scholars with the hearts of warriors” began to write and to organize politically to gain a public voice on our behalf. By mid 20th century and continuing on a rapid pace since, our own voices have found public platforms, and recorded history has begun to include “our side” of the story.
Indian Voices will spotlight the important role of our own expressions and remembrances of our own history. We will include in this section books, articles, films, music, art, reviews, opinion pieces, and other manifestations of our people. We welcome suggestions or ideas from those who visit Turtle Island Learning Circle. From our earliest public expression delivered by our drums and singers, we add our own version of Indian Voices.