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Cherokee Janus: The Struggle for Cherokee Identity

Posted December 9th, 2013 at 04:08 PM by ghostexorcist
Updated May 8th, 2016 at 04:24 PM by ghostexorcist

Cherokee Janus: The Struggle for Cherokee Identity

By Jim R. McClanahan

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The month of January is named in honor of the Roman god Janus because he is considered the god of new beginnings. He is also considered to be a god of both war and peace. This explains why he is depicted in paintings and sculpture as having two...
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Cherokee Identity and the Cherokee Freedmen

Posted October 7th, 2013 at 06:35 PM by ghostexorcist
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Cherokee Identity and the Cherokee Freedmen

By Jim R. McClanahan

African Americans have had a tumultuous association with other races for the last 300 years. They were most exclusively used as beasts of burden by Euroamericans, who had them shipped in from western Africa to toil in the fields picking cotton used to make clothing. This is no surprise for those who have even a basic knowledge of American history. However, they may be surprised to learn...
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The Spotted Cat: A Study of Nazca Pottery with Feline Motif

Posted May 10th, 2013 at 08:10 PM by ghostexorcist
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The Spotted Cat: A Study of Nazca Pottery with Feline Motif

By Jim R. McClanahan

Double-spout and bridge water vessels are common in many South American cultures. Although used as far back as the Machallila culture (1430-830 BP) of Ecuador, [1] it is most often associated with the Paracas and Nazca cultures of southern Peru. The Paracas culture (700 BCE-1 CE) can be split into two subcultures, the Cavernas and the Necropolis. The Cavernas subculture was named thusly because...
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Was Paranthropus robustus a tool maker and user?

Posted May 9th, 2013 at 03:57 PM by ghostexorcist
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Was Paranthropus robustus a tool maker and user?

By Jim R. McClanahan

Apart from language, the manufacture and use of tools is often used to differentiate humans from animals. For instance, in his book The Cultured Chimpanzee (2004), the primatologist William McGrew explains that one common argument laid against the concept of ape culture is that they have never built and launched a space craft. However, he counters that most humans haven’t done this either. It...
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How To Tell If A Fossil Hominid Was Bipedal

Posted April 3rd, 2013 at 07:21 PM by ghostexorcist
Updated April 4th, 2013 at 05:41 PM by ghostexorcist

How To Tell If A Fossil Hominid Was Bipedal

By Jim R. McClanahan

Human evolution is obviously one of the most important aspects of human history, so I've decided to post information on how to tell whether or not a fossil hominid was bipedal. It's not as difficult as it sounds. The following list is by no means meant to be comprehensive. Just look upon it as a primer.

The first place to look is the head. All vertebrates have a hole in the skull through...
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