Native Americans Essay Topics

Montana 1948 Dream Analysis

David, after reviewing your dream, I have concluded that you care deeply for the Sioux that live in your area. I know this because you didn’t imagine them as the stereotypical Native American, such as the ones depicted in the movies. You imagined them as normal people in normal clothes. They are dressed in jeans,… View Article

Columbus Day

When asked should Columbus Day be celebrated? The answer we get is yes because we have a holiday on Monday of the second week of October. Columbus Day is the celebration of the day Christopher Columbus apparently discovered America. If I was asked that question I would say most definitely we shouldn’t celebrate Columbus Day…. View Article

Native Americans and Colonists

Native Americans and English colonists are two distinct groups that were in conflict. The colonists came to America to establish a better life for themselves, their family, and freedom to practice their faith. However, the Indians did not agree with their way of thinking of God and wanted the settlers to follow their own way… View Article

Red, White, and Black by Gary Nash

Gary Nash author of Red, White, and Black purpose to their readers is describing the early colonists, but also the relationships toward Europeans, the Indians, and the Africans. Nash successfully analyzes the impact of the colliding three cultures and interprets them to give an overall theme about the relationships between those who made America what… View Article

The Environmental Aspect of Pocahontas

“ Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. ” This is a quote said by a Native American chief, shows the attitudes of the Native American people as a… View Article

Definition of a Savage

In “Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America”, Benjamin Franklin opens by saying “Savages we call them, because their manners differ from ours, which we think the perfection of civility; they think the same of theirs” (Franklin, 2008, p. 226). When Franklin wrote this, he had no idea that our society would continue to complicate… View Article

Frontier Thesis Questions

1.What is the frontier thesis? What role does Turner argue the frontier has played in American history? The frontier thesis is the argument advanced by historian Frederick Jackson Turner in 1893 that expresses how the idea of the frontier, as the meeting point between savagery and civilization, influenced the American culture by promoting individualistic democracy…. View Article

Cherokee Indians

The word Cherokee is believed to have evolved from a Choctaw word meaning “Cave People”. It was picked up and used by Europeans and eventually accepted the adopted by Cherokees in the form of Tsalagi or Jalagi. Traditionally, the people now known as Cherokee refer to themselves as aniyun-wiya, a name usually translated as “the… View Article

Sacramento State

For the college fair, my group received Cal State Sacramento. In my group I was student number one. Student number one was to work on what location, size, and environment. I learned that Sacramento State is approximately 7 hours and 32 minutes away from Perris and is almost 453 miles. While working on my category… View Article

Western Expansion

Many atrocities happened while the white people tried to subjugate the Native Americans and near the 1900s several events happened that helped quell the Native American rebelliousness and help their assimilation into America. Some of these events were the Wounded Knee Massacre, the Battle of the Little BigHorn, Sitting Bull, and Cultural Assimilation. In June,… View Article

American Indian Genocide

When you think about Native Americans you think peaceful village people but that is far from what really happened. What happened in the Holocaust was genocide but would you consider what happened to the Native Americans was genocide? There are lots of opinions and feelings about what happened like the “Trail of Tears” in the… View Article

Early Native Peoples of America

•Anasazi – They were a cultural group of people during the Pueblo I and II Eras. During their time, corn was introduced to society, and the ideas of nomadic hunters and gatherers were present. Their crafts and houses still stand today, which plays an important role in the advancement of architecture and craftsmanship. •Aztecs –… View Article

Columbian Exchange

The term Columbian Exchange refers to the large-scale exchange of animals, plants, goods, diseases and people between the Old and New Worlds. This event is one of the more significant events of all-time as it marks the beginning of the modern era of history. Not only were Native Americans greatly impacted by the Columbian Exchange… View Article

Native American Genocide

When people think of genocide, there are many different examples that may run through their heads. An important example of genocide that came about during World War II was Adolf Hitler’s attempt to eliminate people of the Jewish faith. This example may be the most prominent in history, but it may not have been the… View Article

Why Were Buffalo so Important to the Plains Indians

Plains Indians became totally dependent on the Buffalo for their existence and it provided them with food, shelter, tools, entertainment and clothing. The Plains Indians became traveling hunters because the Buffalo moved to different places and the Indians followed the vast herds that covered the Plains. Until the arrival of the horse, the Native Americans… View Article

How Violent Was the Old West?

When people think about the Old West they usually think about Cowboys, murderers, and violence. But how violent was the Old West really? I think the people are often just exaggerating. One reason for that are probably all the western movies that represent it often in a wrong way. They show cowboys as men whose… View Article

Monkey Beach

Among the many books and films we have read and watched, I enjoyed Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson and Flight by Sherman Alexie the most. Both protagonists’ go through struggles while making decisions that will affect their own lives permanently. Zits, the main character of Flight, had a lonely and sad life, similar to Lisa… View Article

Effects on spanish conquest of the Americas

? The combination of prolonged warfare, exploitation, disease and the spread of Catholicism gradually asserted Spanish dominion over the indigenous population in America, who nonetheless survived and endured both the conquest and 300 years of colonial rule. Due to Spanish pestilence and wholesale slaughter the Native American population was decimated. Committed by Royal decree, Spanish… View Article

The Myth and Reality of the American West

We have all heard the stories about the old west. There are the infamous gunfights, the cowboys that steal all of the women’s hearts, and the many stagecoach robberies. But how can we tell fact from fiction? Where is the line drawn between the reality of the American west and the myth portrayed in the… View Article

Westward Expansion before 19th Century

American history was powerfully influenced throughout the 19th century by the steady push west and the development of the Western frontier. This began of course with the establishment of the first English colonies beginning with Jamestown (1607). At the time the Western Frontier was just a few miles up the James River. Gradually the Western… View Article

Cultural Assessment Journal Entry

When I first started this course I began to ask myself, “Am I culturally competent?” Did I even know what cultural competency means? The Office of Minority Health (2005) describes cultural competency as “a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system, agency, or among professionals that enables effective work… View Article

Is Western Culture Dominating Indian Culture

Now we are in 21st century ,if we compare the culture which means the way we live,the way we love,the way we give respect to yelders and teachers,the food we eat,the way we dress,etc., of the 20th century I can say that the western culture is not dominating but going to dominate unique Indian culture…. View Article

Silence: Sociology and Western Apache Culture

In his paper “To give up on words” K.H. Basso tells us about the study of Western Apache culture that was conducted in east-central Arizona in 1964-69. This work was devoted to exploring the reasons of refusal to speak and maintaining silence among American Indians. Athtor uses the testimony type of evidence to support his… View Article

Three Cultural Regions of America Before Colonization

The three cultural regions of North America preceding colonization were the southwest, south, and Northeast. In these three cultural regions, there were several different groups of people that occupy the land. The Southwest region has the Pueblo Peoples or Pueblos. The south region has the Cherokee. The northeast has the Algonquians. The Pueblo peoples or… View Article

Dbq Indian Removal

DBQ When the Native Americans lived east of the Mississippi river, they didn’t want to follow the law and be part of U.S. government and wanted to govern their own people. Andrew Jackson being a president of United States didn’t want the group to ignore the government therefore, proposed to move them west of the… View Article

Bonding over a mascot

“Bonding over a mascot” an essay to show the country that an Indian mascot can’t bring a college, a community down, is a great expression by one student to show how ridiculous things are getting in America. The Seminoles are what Florida State is all about, just like the Golden Bears is what California Berkeley… View Article

Burial Rituals of Native American Culture

At some point in our lives, we all come to realize that death is a part of life. Cultural diversity provides a wide variety of lifestyles and traditions for each of the unique groups of people in our world. Within these different cultures, the rituals associated with death and burial can also be uniquely diverse…. View Article

Conflicts with White Settlers

There were many causes of the conflicts that occurred between white settlers and Native Americans. The Europeans who came to the New World in the early years of their exploration found native people who had a complex civilization with a very different culture than the Europeans did. With the clash of these two cultures, conflict… View Article

Native Americans vs American Settlers

There are a number of dissimilarities between the Native Americans and the American Settlers. Although the Native Americans wanted to live in peace with American Settlers, their cultural differences led to warfare. This essay will compare and contrast a couple differences of these two cultures. I will discuss both groups opinion on land and resources…. View Article

Reaction to Dances with Wolves

Manifest Destiny was an idea that America should take all the land and spread its blessings of Democracy. In this film “Dances with Wolves” you see how this idea affected the Native Americans. A stereotype was put on all Indians. They were thought of as violent and beggars and thieves. One tribe the Pawnee did… View Article