Native Americans

September 4, 1986. A cachet with a good portrait and a little bit of information. The back of the envelope has more information. The information on the backs of the envelopes are always worth reading.

Similar to the above, but with a Navajo maiden and a different stamp.

November 4, 1986. Chief Joseph. I feel they should have had more information about him on the back of the envelope since he is such an important Native American figure. The stamp is well done.

This is a pre-Columbian stamp, meaning, of course, it shows things as they were before Columbus supposedly discovered America. He didn't, of course, and he wasn't even looking for North America but Indian which is why the Native Americans were stuck with the name Indians. Oct. 12, 1989.

Crazy Horse. January 15, 1982. This is another that could have used more information on the back of the envelope.

September 4, 1986, featuring artwork of the Navajo. The Native Americans without any doubt produced some very beautiful artwork.

The same as above, but with different stamps.

September 15, 1948. the Trail of Tears is one of the darkest parts of American history. There is no doubt at all that the Native Americans were treated in a horrible manner. They were also the subject of biological warfare when they were given blankets that they did not know had been exposed to smallpox. The Native Americans are also a perfect example of what happens when an 'advanced' culture (mainly advanced in military weapons and technology) encounters a 'simpler' culture. The 'simpler' culture is going to lose.

January 11, 1978. The stamp shows an American Indian penny which I have always thought was a neat looking coin.

December 20, 1980. It takes a heck of a lot of work to come up with an entire language, but Sequoyah managed to do that. What he did was also good in that it established a literary equal playing field between Native Americans and settlers. If two sides cannot communicate effectively, this almost always leads to major problems.

Looking at the stamp you can tell right off this is an older one. The cover is dated October 15, 1948.

Another in the pre-Columbian series, dated October 12, 1989. Again, this points out that the earliest people here in America had great artistic ability.

To me, the masks are a little scary, especially the one on the right. September 15, 1980.

Something included in the following group of First Day Covers. It's an ad for the post office.

These are all without any cachets. The stamps differ by tribe.

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