Friday, July 28, 2017

Shawnee - The Northwest Woodlands

Shawnee (Native Americans of the Northeast Woodlands)

Government The five Shawnee divisions were Chillikothe, Kispokotha, Piqua, Hathawekela, and Spitotha. They were linked through specific responsibilities, such as politics, ceremonialism, and war, and were associated both with specific territories and towns. Division membership was inherited patrilineally. This arrangement broke down with time.

Another type of tribal division was geographical in nature. These groups were fluid in number, size, and composition as the tribe shifted its territory. This system was eventually responsible for the three formal Shawnee divisions of the late nineteenth century.

Location The Shawnee migrated often, but their territory in the late seventeenth century may have ranged from the Illinois River east to the Delaware, Susquehannah, and Savannah Rivers. Some scholars place them on the Cumberland River at or before that time. Shawnee villages have been located within an enormous area, ranging from the present states of New York and Illinois south to South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama. Their aboriginal home may have been around the south shore of Lake Erie, and they lived in southern Ohio during the second half of the eighteenth century. Today, most Shawnees live in Oklahoma. There is also a significant community in and around Ohio.

Population There may have been as many as 50,000 or more Shawnee in the sixteenth century. Their population dropped to about 3,000 in 1650. In the mid-1990s, there were about 600 in Ohio and almost 12,000 in Oklahoma.

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Shawnee (Native Americans of the Northeast Woodlands)

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Dr. Kenneth Barnett Tankersley, PhD - Discovery, History and Artifacts Piqua Shawnee

From Cincinnati Magazine: July 2014, By Paula Christian
Land of the Lost and Found

"Land of the Lost and Found"

Dr. Kenneth Barnett Tankersley, PhD completed a book about Dr. Charles Metz, a 19th-century Madisonville physician and amateur archaeologist who discovered a number of important sites around Cincinnati that revealed the societal sophistication of the Native Americans who inhabited the Ohio River Valley before his own ancestors.

Madisonville Site—the largest home of the Ft. Ancient Indians, ancestors of the Shawnee, Delaware, and Miami tribes, who inhabited the Ohio Valley from 1000 to roughly 1670 AD.  That is one of the most famous archaeological sites in all of eastern North America

This is where Charles Metz, later joined by staff from Harvard University’s Peabody Museum, uncovered more than 1,200 native graves in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Read more intriguing history and life of Dr. Kenneth Barnett Tankersley, PHD in the full article  Land of the Lost and Found from July 2014 Cincinnati Magazine By Paula Christian

Read More:

"Dr. Charles Louis Metz and the American Indian Archaeology of the Little Miami River Valley" by Kenneth Barnett Tankersley (Author), Robert Brand Newman (Author). January 4, 2016 Available on Amazon

About the Authors:
Kenneth Barnett Tankersley is an enrolled member of the Piqua Shawnee. He has conducted archaeological investigations across the Western Hemisphere and Eastern Siberia. This research resulted in more than 120 professional publications and has been featured on many televised channels as well as other media. He has served as a foreign delegate for the National Academy of Science, a delegate of the International Geology Congress, a Carnegie Mellon Scholar and Emmons Lecturer, guest editor of Scientific American magazine, and a Gubernatorial appointed member of the Native American Heritage Commission. Robert Brand Newman is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and Emory Law School. He was a Reginald Heber Smith fellow at the University of Michigan Law School. He has worked for the Legal Aid Society in Atlanta as well as Cincinnati. Bob is a member of the Georgia, Ohio, and Kentucky bars. He has been admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Sixth Circuits, the Supreme Court of Ohio, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has been in private practice since 1982.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Piqua Shawnee Official Website

For information and history of the Piqua Shawnee Tribe visit the Official Website of the Piqua Shawnee Tribal Nation at

Officially Recognized by the State Of Alabama

The Alabama Indian Affairs Commission under the authority granted by the Davis-Strong Act as passed by the State Legislature of Alabama in 1984, officially recognized and acknowledged the Piqua Shawnee Tribe as an American Indian Tribe of the State of Alabama. Visit the official site