The idea that individuals should be remembered and acknowledged – for our humanity as much as for theirs – is at the heart of every memorial.
Centuries of European colonial distortions come under the scrutiny of a new PBS series, Native America, scheduled to air Oct. 23-Nov. 13, 2018.
Speaking through Taíno spiritual leaders in trances, Puerto Rico’s ancestors repeatedly warned before last year’s devastating hurricanes to take care, algo viene, something is coming. These spiritual phenomena are an important strand of the Taíno resurgence, as descendants of the supposedly extinct Caribbean Indigenous peoples recover from the hurricane of European colonialism. This important movement is the focus of a new exhibit Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean at the George Gustav Heye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian – Smithsonian in lower Manhattan.
A back pain brings NMAI veteran Jorge Estevez a life-changing encounter with the Indigenous and healing traditions of his native Dominican Republic.
In spite of racial barriers, Indigenous women served with U.S. and Canadian forces in the horrors of the Great War as nurses in military hospitals near the front. Here is the story of two veterans of the Nurse Corps of the Army Medical Department in France during 1918, Cora Elm (Wisconsin Oneida) and Edith Anderson (Grand River Mohawk).
The project that will produce the National Native American Veterans Memorial has another component, a joint effort with the Library of Congress to collect oral histories and historical material, which is well underway.
An ancient ceramic vessel preserves the folklore of the Holy Four and shows the artistic skill of the Indigenous Caribbean peoples centuries before Columbus.
As we mark the centenary of the end of The Great War, World War I, our cover most appropriately features the selected design for the National Native American Veterans Memorial, scheduled for ground-breaking in September 2019 and dedication in late 2020. World War I was the first major conflict after the end of the Indian Wars in which American Indians enlisted in a higher proportion than any other ethnic group to serve in the U.S. military. This tradition continues to this day. In this issue we also tell the story of two Native women who overcame racial barriers to serve as nurses with the American Expeditionary Force in France.