Academic Papers on Native Indian Studies

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a 6 page research paper which examines the role of women in colonial Latin America. The colonial world of Latin America was intrinsically different from that of North America and this difference had a tremendous impact on the women of Latin America at that time. Although North America was rich in natural resources, the natives ...

A short, 4 page look at the history of pre-Columbian Latin America. Meso American civilization (mostly Aztec and Maya) is explored in this essay with reference to specific tribes (Olmec, Toltec, etc;) and large cities (ex. Tenochtitlan) that flourished. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

The underpinnings of the Aztec Empire began with the defeats by the Mexica and the development of the Anahuac Valley, later known as the Valley of Mexico, and the integration of the Toltec people and the Aztecs into an integrated social and community structure. This 6 page paper provides a narrative view of the ...

6 pages in length. The writer discusses similarities and differences as they relate to the developmental trajectories of the basin of Mexico and the Maya Lowlands, as well as addresses Copan involvement in the Mayan collapse. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

4 pages in length. The writer discusses similarities and differences between the Mayan and Inca political structure, as well as addresses the religious influences of the architectural layout and planning of Teotihuacan. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

The Aztec Empire

  • 6 page paper

In 6 pages the author gives a general overview of the Aztec Empire. Their beginning, how they came about, their growth, success, and eventual decline are discussed. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A 10 page research paper discussing the history, culture, anthropology, and social evolution of three groups of Native Indians : The Yanomamo (regarded as one of the most violent societies on Earth !), the Zapotecs (known for architecture & urban development), and the Yucatecs (relevant to Mayans) Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Provides a 7 page overview of the various factors which are used to determine whether or not a person is indeed a Native American. Stresses the importance of what is in the heart rather than phylogenetic or stereotypical images of what a 'true' Native American is. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

A 5 page discussion of the importance of memory to both historic and extant Native American cultures. Includes a technical discussion of the physiology of memory formation and extensive reference to 'Ceremonies of the Damned' by Adrian C. Louis, poetry about the injustices of life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and about the ...

A 10 page exploration of the impacts of European introduced disease on the indigenous inhabitants of the Americas. Examines both biological and cultural reasons for the susceptibility of the Native peoples to these diseases. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

The Blackfeet

  • 10 page paper

A 10 page overview of the Blackfeet. Provides historical information from the eighteenth century onward including specific information regarding subsistence patterns and ceremonies such as the Sun Dance and the Shaking Tent Ceremony, as well as contemporary population numbers. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

5 pages in length. The writer discusses the following three themes in relation to Cabeza de Vaca's voyage: how the Spaniards and Indians viewed one another; Spaniard hatred and racism toward the Indians; and assimilating into Indian culture. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

A 9 page overview of marriage in three indigenous cultures from three separate geographic areas: The Inca, the Navajo and the Masai. Provides general information about marital responsibilities and ritual. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

An 8 page overview of the role of women in Incan society. Discusses gender roles and concludes that although some societal responsibilities were dependent on a person's gender, Incan women were an integral part of Incan society and a part which is more aptly viewed as equal rather than inferior. Bibliography lists 11 ...

A 5 page overview of two items of extreme importance to some Native American cultures, the Sacred Pipe and peyote. Describes the use of each and stresses that these are items of religion which deserve the same respect shown for any other religious object such as a crucifix or Star of David. Bibliography ...

8 pages in length. A thorough discussion of Native Indian (Mexico) rituals concerning the use of the sun and moon as instruments to determine calendar dates. The creation, carving, and shaping of actual Mayan calendars is discussed as is the culture's ancient numbering system - figures of dots and bars based on five. Annual calendar ...

Black Elk's Vision

  • 5 page paper

A 5 page paper on Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux, edited and translated by John Neihardt. The paper shows that although Black Elk felt he did not fulfill his sacred mission of mending the broken hoop of Indian culture, the rise in public interest and ...

Geronimo

  • 10 page paper

A 10 page exploration of Geronimo, the great Apache warrior. Bibliography lists six sources.

The Apaches

  • 11 page paper

An 11 page overview of the Apache people as they existed after contact with non-Natives. Recalls the tremendous pressures which were exerted on the people and the retaliations of men like Geronimo. Concludes, however, that the Apache only for their expertise in warfare, and indeed for only that particular time in history, is ...

A 5 page overview of the Oklahoma Land run as witnessed by disciple of Christ preacher E.F. Boggess. Discusses the history of the land starting first with its allocation by the U.S. government to the Cherokee and continuing through its settlement by non-Indians. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

A 9 page overview of the expected and actual roles of Hopi women both in their early culture and in contemporary culture. Emphasizes that these roles have not only evolved but that they sometimes differ in thought and action. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

A 5 page exploration of the term 'Koyaanisqatsi' which means 'life out of balance,' its relation to Hopi life, ceremony and legend, and its relation to all life. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

A 6 page comparison of the philosophies of two very different yet very similar peoples. Emphasizes the importance of nature and harmony to both cultures. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

This 5 page paper examines the Navajo and Hopi conflict to retain what each claimed as the land of their birthright and the impact of this struggle particularly upon Native-American women in the 1992 book, The Wind Won't Know Me: A History of the Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute. No additional sources.

An 8 page discussion of the Miami Indians, indigenous representatives of the Eastern Woodlands. Provides a brief history of the Miami since contact with Europeans and outlines the cultural changes which they have experienced. Emphasizes that Miami Indians today are often identical in their appearance and lifeways to non-Indians yet many retain remnants ...

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