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Ira Hayes (Chief Falling Cloud), Pima Native American Hero who helped raise the American flag at Iwo Jima - Arlington National Cemetery. Photo by Tony Fischer


Cherokee matrilineal kinship system. A child is related to his mother, and through her to his brothers and sisters. He is also related to his mother’s brothers, sisters and mother. A child is not related to his father. The important male relative in a child’s life is his mother’s brother. White men who married Cherokee women were shocked to find that they were not considered to be related to their own children, and that mothers, had control over the children not them. She was head of the family.

Comanche mother and child - circa 1890

SLAVES, EX-SLAVES, and CHILDREN OF SLAVES IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH, 1860 -1900 (21)...........Free at last, behind a fence

  • Marelle Pagan

    The only reason Whites treated the Afro Americans so horridly is because they are and were jealous of their beauty, intelligence,singing, acting,sporting ability etc,etc and ability to survive the most heinous treatment !!!!!!!

  • Lisa Ambrose

    I don't think it was jealousy. They really did believe black people were inferior, and it was and still is today, a huge power trip to have another human being under your complete control.

Native American Edward Curtis Hupa Fish-weir Across Trinity River, via Flickr.

Native American (Sioux) Blue Cloud,1880

Ca. 1890 Sioux Native American Baby Cradle