I remember my first Pow-Wow and how the music of the drums seemed to keep beat with my heart and soul. At first I felt embarrassed and was unsure whether I could perform the Native dances or would look foolish. It is certainly normal to not be confident, but it is not until you join the circle of dance that your best comes out. … Dont Just Sit There –Dance »»
African American studies have expanded beyond the mention of African American contributions during the February Black History month. Educators are being trained to incorporate the history of the African American into main stream history. In many instances the history of the African American is missing or distorted from American History and thus it is necessary to bring a focus and clarity. A starting point at African Antiquity is sought rather than a starting point at African Slavery. This new starting point brings pride and appreciation for the African American.
When a diverse history is taught everyone benefits and “common ground” is found. This common ground leads to a striving for a higher ground of appreciation of a pluralistic society.
Article by CherokeeCloud
Written September 9, 2006
Throughout American history, the longest and most consistent contact between American Indians and peoples of African descent occurred among those tribes that the federal government designated as the Five Civilized Tribes–the Cherokees, Chickasaws, Choctaws, Creeks, and Seminoles.
“The U.S. Capitol and the White House were built through the uncompensated labor of the ancestors of Americans of African descent during the tyranny of slavery,” states Myers who has repeatedly urged President Bush to recognize and honor the sacrifice and contributions of enslaved Americans.