• States of America, drawn from the best authorities.

    Russell, John, fl. 1733-1795

    Engraved for Guthries new System of Geography. "J. C. Russell sculpsit." Relief shown pictorially. 1 map, hand colored

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  • Native American Water Basket

    Native American, Apache culture

    A basket woven in an ovoid shape with rounded bottom, flaring sharply from neck to a wide opening at the top. There are two wide leather strap handles attached at the widest part of the body, position…

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  • Black Hawk War

    Rose, Edwin

    Map of Indian war of 1832, made by one who was there, Col. Edwin Rose. Covers region in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin roughly bounded by Lake Winnebago, the Kankakee River, Peoria, and Prai…

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  • Native American Spider Gorget

    Native Americans

    Round marine shells with spider designs carved onto them. The shells are about 3" in diameter. Gorgets are pendants worn at the neck like jewelry or as throat armor. Spiders figured in at least two Na…

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  • Native American Doll

    Native American, Sioux culture

    This girl doll is made of buckskin. She is dressed in a tan buckskin dress with fringe at the sides, bottom and sleeves. The dress is decorated with lines of white beads sewn just above the bottom fri…

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  • The United States of North America.

    Robert Laurie and James Whittle [publishers]

    London meridian. Relief shown pictorially. Shows boundaries, rivers and principal settlements. 1 map, hand colored

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  • Native American Bandolier Bag

    Native American, probably Ojibway Tribe

    A bandolier bag is a large pouch with a long continuous strap. This one is made of deerskin. The panel between the strap and pouch is covered with black velvet. Along the bottom edge are wool yarn tas…

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  • Native American Moccasins (pair)

    Native American, Sioux culture, Cheyenne tribe

    they are stitched entirely by hand. The uppers are decorated with white, red and blue beads sewn on in geometric patterns. Leather ties around the ankles secured the moccasins. Moccasins are footwear…

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  • Prayer Stick

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    This prayer stick was used by the "Praying Kickapoo" in the 1830's. It is carved with symbolic characters. American Communities in History Communities and Geography How we learn about communities Nati…

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  • Women of Kickapoo Nation

    Custer, Milo, 1880

    Photograph of three women in the Kickapoo tribe, taken at the Kickapoo reservation in Kansas to document McLean County, Illinois, Kickapoo descendants. Names identifying the three women featured in th…

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  • Il paese de' selvaggi Outagamiani, Mascoutensi, Illinesi, e parte delle VI, Nazioni.

    Zatta, Antonio, fl. 1757-1797

    Relief shown pictorially. [Ferro]. 1 map, hand colored

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  • Eliot Indian Bible

    Eliot, John, 1604-1690

    The Holy Bible: containing the Old Testament and the New translated into the Indian Language and ordered to be printed by the Commissioners of the United Colonies in New England, for the propogation o…

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  • Meskawki Lodge, Reproduction

    State Historical Society of Iowa

    Free-lanced design, based on a study of Meskawki lodges The lodge is larger than the originals from the Meskawki settlement near Tama, Iowa. It is used in interpretive programs at the State Historical…

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  • Meskawki Lodge

    State Historical Society of Iowa

    Traditional house form utilized by Woodland Indians of the Great Lakes Region. Meskwaki settlement near Tama, Iowa. 1905. Meskwaki is the current spelling, preferred over Mesquakie. They were Fox as o…

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  • Knife Blade

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    This knife blade was a common tool used by the Kickapoo. It was made of iron. American Communities in History Communities and Geography How we learn about communities Native American Stories 18 Social…

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  • A Kickapoo Vocabulary; compiled by Milo Custer

    Custer, Milo, 1880

    This is a 5-page document, "A Kickapoo Vocabulary compiled by Milo Custer on the Kickapoo Reservation, Brown County, Kansas, 1906, from information furnished by Bertha Weeweenas, Minnie Wawawsek (?),…

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  • Madison' Projectile Points

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    Four small to medium-sized thin triangular arrowheads. The points are usually like isosceles triangles in shape, or more rarely, equilateral triangles. These are projectile points used by Indians duri…

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  • Atlas of Historic Tribes in Illinois: 1673-1832

    Illinois State Museum

    Key to map of historic tribes in Illinois 1673-1832. It should be noted that the maps shown here are greatly simplified. Includes the following text: "Marquette and Joliet's meeting with the Illiniwek…

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  • Kickapoo Words for the Corn Plant

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    The Kickapoo used various words in the diagram to identify parts of the corn plant. Corn was important to the daily diet and living of the Kickapoo Indians. Kickapoo names for various parts of the cor…

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  • Carved Bone Hand

    McLean County Historical Society, Bloomington, Ill

    This carved bone hand was used in glove-making. Glove-making was one of the early cottage industries of pioneer Illinois. American Communities in History Communities and Geography How we learn about c…

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