Native American Project has a New Leader/Project Coordinator

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WikiTree Native American Project

Hey Everyone,

The Leadership of the Native American Project has changed. Thanks to Paula for leading up to now. We all appreciate the work you have done and continue to do on WikiTree.

I have no Native American Heritage in my DNA or family (98% Irish). I am, however a WikiTree Leader, so hopefully I can guide this project despite my heritage.

The vision for leadership of this project is to work to make all our project pages consistent, readable and accurate. Our Native American Project will be inclusive to all who search for their native Identity through Genealogy. Our perspective, our mindset, for all the work will be First Peoples Centric, with project page wording (not including quotes from other sources) presented as first peoples first.

For example, John Jones didn't sell blankets to the Indians -  the Catawba People bought blankets from John Jones. Our view is from the first peoples perspective.

For our project pages, we will be using traditional and historical (note my wording here, traditional is first) images/and art with proper citations. We will also be using Native American Language as much as we can within our projects pages. Taŋyáŋ yahípi - in Lakota Siouan. Welcome  - in English

I am excited to be stepping in to lead this Project and I am glad Seneca Drybread has stepped up to be our Project Coordinator. Since Seneca is a Native American Genealogist he brings a wonderful perspective and a wealth of information to the table.

If you are currently a Native American Project Member? Thank you for all your continued work in the project, without you there would be no project. Please stop-in to the Native American Project Page and follow the link in the "How To Join" section to our Google Mail Group and sign-up. We (project members) can communicate about the project via this group.

As Chris says, "Onward and Upward",

Mags, WikiTree Leader ~ Native American Project

in The Tree House by Mags Gaulden G2G6 Pilot (546k points)
Thanks for stepping up to lead this important project, Mags. And I really like your introductory post here.

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I wanted to share a real world example from today that reflects on what Mags said about a First People's perspective.

From a genealogy blog today:

June 8, 1697. On Mar 16, 1697, in an attack on Haverhill, MA, Indians captured Hannah Duston and killed her baby, also killing or capturing 39 others. After being taken to an Indian camp, she escaped on Apr 29 after killing 10 Indians with a tomahawk and scalping them as proof of her deed. On June 8 her husband was awarded, on her behalf, the sum of 25 pounds for her heroic efforts, the first public award to a woman in America.

 

From more of a First People's perspective:

On June 8 1697 an Abenaki Family was killed by Hannah Duston who had been captured as a POW during King William’s War.  Also known as the Second Indian War.  One of four Indian Wars that forced the Abenaki and other Nations into war for a combined 33 years.   The war was instigated by competing French and English ambitions.   The French recruited the Abenaki and other Nations in the Wabankai  (Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, Abenaki, and Penobscot) to fight against the English.  The English allied with the Haudenosaunee – Six Nations of  the Iroquois Confederacy (Mohawk, Onondaga, Oneida, Seneca, Cayuga, Tuscarora).  The Wabanaki attacks were part of the French war against the English on Turtle Island.  Some scholar’s assert this story only became legend in the 1800s to frame violence against Native Americans as "innocent, defensive and virtuous."

Seneca Drybread - WikiTree Native Americans Project Coordinator
by Marc Snelling G2G6 (7.2k points)

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