Source: Miami Herald
The genocide of millions of Native Americans cooled the Earth and had devastating consequences all over the world. This article explains the profound effects people had on the Earth’s climate before modern times.
Source: Popular Mechanics
Read about the importance of a map which shows the land you are living on and which group of indigenous people lived there first. Explore the map here.
Source: Montana Public Radio
The Montana House of Representatives voted to join several other states in celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Columbus Day. However, the fight for recognition is not over yet!
Statues of conquistadors are facing many of the same criticisms as Confederate statues. How should we treat these statues? Read the article for commentary on a complicated issue.
Source: Bullock Texas State History Museum
Conquistadors made their way to America in search of wealth and glory. However, their experiences and the experiences of those they encountered were anything but glamorous.
Watch this brief video that deconstructs the Mayflower, including details about the ship itself, its passengers, and its journey. Explore related links on the site to learn more about the Mayflower and the Pilgrims.
Source: Washington Post
Explore part or all of the boundaries that separate the United States and Mexico.
Tourists of Governor’s Island can now travel back in time to the 17th century as a colonist with their own storyline and cast of characters thanks to augmented reality.
Source: National Geographic
Wikitongues aims to stop the loss of languages worldwide with its network of volunteers who film native speakers of dying languages.
Source: Fast Company
Tom Kiefer, a former Border Patrol janitor, collected items confiscated from people trying to cross the Mexico-United States border. Look through the photos in the article to see the personal belongings of those who embarked on this dangerous journey.
Source: National Geographic
The fate of the lost colony of Roanoke has become the stuff of legend. However, many lesser-known colonies also struggled and failed. Explore the interactive map to learn more.
Source: Al Jazeera America
A local council of Alaska Native groups took a story passed down by generations of the Inupiaq tribe and turned it into a video game. The game has already won several awards and has introduced the culture to a wider audience.
Frank Stasio, host of radio program The State of Things, talks to poet Joy Harjo about her latest collection, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings.
Source: Berkeley News
Sociologist G. Cristina Mora discusses her book about how the terms “Hispanic” and “Latino” emerged and how different commuities identify with them.
This biography details the life of early American colonist John Smith.
This article inlcudes an overview of the importance of Ellis Island in the history of immigration in the United States. It then provides a more detailed timeline of happenings on the island.
Source: The Washington Post
Read about the contributions of foreign-language and ethnic media in the United States.
Source: Smithsonian Magazine
Nineteenth-century photographer Edward Curtis was known for his images of Native Americans. Watch this video that details the Smithsonian Institute’s recent acquisition of more than 700 of Curtis’s images.
The 2015 PBS documentary The PIlgrims takes a look at some of our preconceived ideas about the United States’ earliest settlers. NPR takes a look.
Source: High School Insider by The Los Angeles Times
Acknowledging the role European settlement in the Americas had on native people, the city of Los Angeles renamed the holiday to commemorate Christopher Columbus as “Indigenous Peoples Day.”