The Marietta Earthworks is an archaeological site located at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio Rivers in Washington County, Ohio, United States. The site is ascribed to the Hopewell culture, of which we know very little. The fascination with the site lies in its obvious disjunctive nature - at the time of contact with Europeans the native inhabitants of the lands did not live in settlements that respected strict geometry. The article that follows is from the Smithsonian.
As an act of exploration, Robert de La Salle's was an extraordinary leap of faith that brought home the vastness of these lands. The work that follows is authored by John S. C. Abbot, and is expressed in a tone that is popular rather than academic.
The account that follows is his justification for the obliteration of the social order of Mexico and its culture, the transformation of the Mexica society to a pale version of the Spanish, and the discussion of whether perpetual slavery of the Mexica masses should be imposed in New Spain. An invaluable original narrative from the point of view of a Conquistador.
The account that follows of the smelting of the silver idols into raw gold and silver is found in An Account of the Conquest of Peru written by Pedro Sancho, secretary to Pizarro and Scrivener to this Army.
The earth is a great island floating in a sea of water, and suspended at each of the four cardinal points by a cord hanging down from the sky vault, which is of solid rock. An origin legend from the Cherokee.
As with other texts a great deal of Popol Vuh's significance lies in the scarcity of early accounts dealing with Mesoamerican mythologies. The account that follows is the Creation of the Animals portion of the Popol Vuh, in a masterful translation by Allen J. Christenson.
Within the Blackfoot nation, there were different societies to which people belonged, each of which had functions for the tribe. There are stories which explain how these societies came to be instituted, and this one tells how the Society of Bulls began.