Just in time for Native American Heritage Month, three new subject Topic Centers have been added to the American Indian History database—offering specially selected content on key subjects throughout American Indian history and complementing the Topic Centers on culture areas and eras—along with more than 280 flags of American Indian tribes.
These new, more focused Topic Centers provide an ideal starting point for research and study of high-interest topics, with editorially selected, curated content—including articles, videos and slideshows, primary source documents, maps and charts, suggested research topics, and timeline.
New Topic Centers include:
- American Indian Contributions to the World: American Indians donated many gifts to the world’s common fund of knowledge in the areas of agriculture, science and technology, medicine, transportation, architecture, psychology, military strategy, government, and language. Explore the rich inventiveness of the American Indians and the inventions, processes, philosophies, and political/social systems they contributed.
- Mythology and Religion: The beliefs of many Native American peoples emphasize a close relationship between people and the natural world, including geographical features such as mountains and lakes, and animals such as whales and bison. Despite a long history of suppression by governments and missionaries, their beliefs have endured as profound and richly faceted religions.
- U.S. Indian Policy and Law: Almost immediately after it was formed, the U.S. government recognized that American Indians lived on most of its land and that arrangements had to be made with them to keep conflicts to a minimum. The content in this Topic Center traces the history of the development of U.S. policy concerning Native Americans, providing a balanced historical account.
The Topic Centers can be found on the home page and under the Browse menu at the top of each page.
Click on the links below for more information about American Indian History: