Episode 81: Grave Concerns: Ancient Indian Burial Ground

Do you know why that house, school, building, fairground, place, etc. is haunted? It’s because it was built atop an ancient Indian burial ground. Or at least that is what popular culture would have you believe. Especially in the 1970s. Why is that idea so, pardon the pun, haunting? We’ll explore the origins of the notion, and the ways in which its power has been reinforced by fact and fiction. We’ll be tackling topics from pilgrim plundering, to Jacksonian jackassery; from Manifest Destiny to dysentery; we will leave no stone unturned as we examine the history of settlements, perhaps entire nations, built upon the bones of Native Americans. Join us as we discuss the ghosts created by America.

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SOURCES:

Native Blood: The Myth of Thanksgiving

Puritans to the Massachusetts Area

Wampanoag History

Mayflower History

The Pilgrims Should Have Been Thankful for a Spirochete by Madeleine Johnson – Slate

The Plymouth Colony Archive Project: A New Insight into the Early Settlement of Plymouth Plantation

A Few Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Thanksgiving by Becky Little – National Geographic

1491 by Charles C. Mann – The Atlantic

The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act – Archeology Program – National Park Service

The Pilgrims–the first American grave robbers – Dare the Gods

Clues unearthed about graves along Trail of Tears by John Lee of the Chicago Tribune – Baltimore Sun

Retracing the Trail of Tears—Land&People – The Trust for Public Land

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s letter to President Martin Van Buren – Cherokee Nation

A soldier recalls the Trail of Tears – Learn NC

A Brief History of the Trail of Tears – Cherokee Nation

Trail of Tears – History Channel

Haunted Shelby County, Alabama by Kim Johnston

Cherokee Cemeteries – Cherokee Heritage Center

The trees along the Trail of Tears -why are they twisted into strange shapes? – Alabama Pioneers

The Battle of Horseshoe Bend and Its Consequences – National Parks Service

The Battle of Horseshoe Bend:Collision of Cultures – National Park Service

Andrew Jackson’s Adopted Indian Son by Rebecca Onion – Slate

The Ghosts of Horseshoe Bend: Myth, Memory and the Making of a National Battlefield by Justin Scott Weiss – Arizona State University

Cherokee Trail of Tears – About North Georgia

Two Accounts of the Trail of Tears: Wahnenauhi and Private John G. Burnett – Digital History

Edward Curtis’ Epic Project to Photograph Native Americans by Gilbert King – Smithsonian Magazine

The Bodies in Question Robert E. Bieder – Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies – 1996

JACKSON DEFEATS THE CREEKS – History Central

Chronicles of Oklahoma – Volume 12, No. 1 – March, 1934 – THE MURDER OF ELIAS BOUDINOT

The Plymouth Colony Archive Project – William Bradford – Of Plymouth Plantation: 1620-1647

Clues unearthed about graves along Trail of Tears – John Lee, Chicago Tribune

Thanksgiving: A Day of Mourning by Roy Cook – American Indian Source

Native Americans: Portraits From a Century Ago – Alan Taylor – The Atlantic

Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab by Steve Inskeep

Making Haste From Babylon: The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World: A New History by Nick Bunker

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann

THE MYRTLES PLANTATION LEGENDS, LORE AND LIES

The Myrtles Plantation: Who’s That Girl in the Window?

Myrtles Plantation – Book Your Room Today

Myrtles Plantation – National Parks Service

The Myrtles Plantation – Ghost Adventures

Philip Freneau: “The Indian Burying Ground”

COURT DENIES CLAIM TO ITEMS FOUND ON INDIAN BURIAL SITE – NYT

The Tunica Treasure – New Yorker

Indian Burial Ground – TV Tropes

Why Every Horror Film of the 1980s Was Built On ‘Indian Burial Grounds’ – Atlas Obscura

Old Bones, New Posers; Current Anthropology

The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) – National Parks Service

Maria Pearson

Framing Red Power – Newspapers, the Trail of Broken Treaties and the Politics of Media

Caddo Mounds History – Texas Historical Commission

Tribal Chief Who Signed Treaty With Pilgrims to Be Reburied – US News

BURIAL CUSTOMS AND CEMETERIES IN AMERICAN HISTORY – National Parks Service

The terrifying story of Lake Shawnee, the cursed amusement park

Haunted America FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Most Haunted Houses … By Dave Thompson

GHOSTLAND

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