What you learned about the diseases that decimated Native communities is probably wrong.
In Theodor de Bry’s illustrations for Thomas Harriot’s Brief and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia, the Algonquin are made to look like the Irish. Surprise.
The practice began with the 1933 creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps, and, specifically, its Indian Division.
“Trapping was not a ‘business for profit’ among the Dakota but primarily a social exchange,” one scholar writes.