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Native Americans in the Public Domain

One of my favorite local powwows happens today, the Lawilowan American Indian Festival, and I’m excited to see friends, vendors and dancers whom I haven’t seen in a while. Of course, I’m also excited to see my girls dance again. So in honor of the powwow, I thought I’d share some great sources for “Native American” related content from the Public Domain. There is some great content out there…hope you enjoy!

The first place we’ll begin is at Google Books…the growing source for all kinds of fun things in the Public Domain. The BEST way to find Native American-related resources on Google Books is by using focused keywords…for example, not “Native American” but “Cherokee” or “Dakota tribal.”

Another favorite source for Native American-related images is the Beineke Rare Books & Manuscripts Digital Library at Yale. Here you can find a LOT of great images…many in high resolution…including photographs, fine art and illustrations.

The Internet Sacred Text Archive is a terrific source for information on tribal stories, religious ceremonies and much more. This is definitely on of my favorite sites!

Of course, this post would be incomplete without mentioning Edward Curtis resources at the Library of Congress. You can view those resources HERE and HERE.

To wrap up this post, I’d like to share a quick video of my girls dancing at this powwow three years ago. Enjoy!


2 Responses to “Native Americans in the Public Domain”

  • Loma:

    Hi Tony,what lovely graceful girls , you must be very proud of them. Thank you for sharing the clip.
    I hope your powwow is a ton of fun!
    Regards , Loma.

  • Lani:

    Beautiful! Their costumes are gorgeous – you can tell your daughter’s spent a lot of time and love on them. Thank you, for sharing your special time with us.

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