History Now 28 (Summer 2011)

American Indians

From the Editor

Everything that American children of my generation knew—or thought they knew—about Indians, or Native Americans, came from Saturday afternoon cowboy and Indian movies. We knew that they talked funny; they all lived in teepees; they were skilled horseback riders; and they hunted buffalo. Mostly, they painted their faces with war paint and tried to kill our favorite cowboy hero and innocent settlers who were trying to farm the land or herd the cattle.

We did not know better then; today we do. This is due in large measure to the careful...More »