The Newberry Library announces the launch of a multimedia educational website supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, titled “Indians of the Midwest, Past and Present.” The website focuses on Native people of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio to explore several contemporary issues with roots in the history of the region: tribal sovereignty; hunting, fishing, and gathering rights; casinos and other tribal businesses; treaties; identity; museum collections and repatriation; stereotypes and their uses.
The website includes 43 essays written for a general audience, 700 illustrations with captions, interactive maps, “quizzes” that address misconceptions about American Indians, timelines, primary readings that provide insight into Native perspectives and scholarly research, and annotated bibliographies. Also featured on the website are 32 videos that present the viewpoints of Ojibwa, Ottawa, Potawatomi, Menominee, Ho-Chunk, Oneida, and Dakota individuals on the topics and themes of the website. There are 16 video interviews with leading historians, anthropologists, and museum specialists who offer insights into how they arrive at interpretations of historical and cultural processes.
The “Indians of the Midwest” website also has a keyboard search, a topic search, and an Ask A Question feature that allows the website visitor to email questions to the project staff about the topics on the site. Each month, up to four of these questions are posted on Ask A Question, along with answers from appropriate experts.
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