Friday, March 10, 2006

Colorado tribes sponsoring 2006 Indigenous Games in Denver

Colorado's Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute tribes are sponsoring an Olympics-style competition expected to bring 8,000 athletes from tribes across the United States and Canada to the Denver area in July.

The eight-day North American Indigenous Games will start with July 2 opening ceremonies at Invesco Field at Mile High, with associated cultural events at the nearby Denver Performing Arts Complex through the week, said Ute Mountain Ute member Bob Roybal, who leads the team bringing the games to Colorado...Read Colorado tribes sponsoring 2006 Indigenous Games in Denver

Lineups announced for 2006 Native American Film Festival

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum has announced this year's film lineup for the Native American Film Festival, taking place March 14 - 19 at the Camelot Theatre in Palm Springs.

This highly anticipated cultural celebration's opening night will precede screenings throughout the week. The festival will present a varied combination of documentaries and short films that represent a wealth of talent and a diversity of expression that continues the tradition of previous years...Read Lineups announced for 2006 Native American Film Festival

Monday, March 06, 2006

- Northwest Indian Symbols and their meanings

Totem carvings tell a story, revealed only if one knows the meaning assigned to various animals, fish, birds and designs and where they are placed. Here are the meanings of some common northwest indian symbols...Read more about Northwest Indian Symbols and their meanings

How to make a quality hand drum

The drum has been significant to all native nations for thousands of years. It is a sacred item. The drum is man's connection to the earth, and symbolizes the life force of creation.

For centuries the drum has been used to amplify the voice and synchronize the heart beat of man to the natural rhythms of the earth.

Learn How to make a quality hand drum

Chocktaw genealogy research suggestions

The single best document that can be used to establish Choctaw ancestry is probably the Armstrong Roll of 1830. The testimony in the Net Proceeds Case and the Dawes Commission hearings offer possible aid in providing linkages to that roll. More recent information about Choctaw in Mississippi may be found in their censuses beginning in 1926. Here are some more Chocktaw genealogy research suggestions

My Grandpa married an Indian Princess.Can you get me my Indian enrollment card and how much will it cost?

1. Sorry, no. That's the short answer.We get some variation of this question at least 500 times a week. We don't even have time to read them all, let alone answer them. There are people who make a living researching other people's ancestry for a fee. We don't. We make our living publishing this website, and that's a full time job.

But occasionally, (like now) we will give you some general information (again) that may help you get started doing your own research or at least teach you how to inquire for information. If you are a site member, (it's free to join), we also welcome you to post your inquiries in the Genealogy section of this website to exchange information with others looking for similar information and ancestors. The more information you give in your inquiry, the more likely you will be to get a response from someone who can help you...Read the tips in today's Mailbag: Native American Genealogy Tips