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Native American Heritage Month

03 Nov

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This month is, as the title of this post suggests, Native American Heritage Month.  This month is celebrated throughout North America, and takes a close look at the history, customs, and culture of the many different Native American people who live across the entire continent.

With this post, I’m going to look at pop culture, and do a bit of a self promotion as well.

There have been a huge number of Native American comic book characters that have been created.  Many by the big two of Marvel and DC, but also quite a large number of independent comics.  This list is long.

Azteca Productions

  • Plainsman (Daniel Brightfeather, part Cherokee, part Navajo, Team Tejas)

Blue Corn Comics

  • Rain Falling (Hopi / Pueblo, Peace Party)
  • Snake Standing (Hopi / Pueblo, Peace Party)

Dark Horse Comics

  • Naayééʼneizghání (Navajo, vampire slayer, Fray / Buffyverse)

DC Comics

  • Arak (Quontauka Indian)
  • Aztek (Aztecs)
  • Black Condor (Navajo)
  • Butcher (Lakota)
  • Captain Fear (Carib)
  • Captain Thunder (Mohegan)
  • Chief Crazy Horse (Renegades)
  • Chief Great Eagle (see Man-of-Bats)
  • Chindi
  • Dawnstar (member of Legion of Super-Heroes)
  • Eagle Free (Prez)
  • Flying Fox (Quontauka Indian, member of Young All-Stars)
  • Green Arrow of Earth-D (Justice Alliance of America)
  • Hawk (half, father is Tomahawk)
  • Hawkman, Katar Hol (Hawkman vol 3, Katar is of Thanagarian and Native American ancestry)
  • Little Raven (Sioux, member of Batmen of All Nations)
  • Man-of-Bats (Sioux, member of Batmen of All Nations)
  • Manitou Dawn (pre-Apache, member of JLA)
  • Manitou Raven (pre-Apache, member of JLA)
  • Mirage, (Indigenous, member of Team Titans)
  • Night Eagle (ally of Superman)
  • Owlwoman (Kiowa, member of Global Guardians)
  • Pow Wow Smith (Sioux)
  • Rain in the Face (Renegades)
  • Redbird (Batman sidekick, version of Robin in The Blue, The Grey, and The Bat)
  • Russ Tenclouds (Metropolis S.C.U.)
  • Seneca (Iroquois member of Cadre of the Immortal)
  • Strong Bow (western hero of the 1800s)
  • Super-Chief (Iroquois, Wolf Clan)
  • Tall Tree (Renegades)
  • Thomas Kalmaku (Inuit)
  • Wise Owl (Native American, shaman killed by Johnny Thunder in All-Star Western)
  • Willpower (half Apache, member of Primal Force)

Vertigo

  • Ghost Dancer (The Sandman)
  • White Buffalo Woman (The Sandman)

Wildstorm

  • Blackbird (Wetworks)
  • Comanche (formerly of Stormwatch)
  • Crossbones (Team 7)
  • Joe the Indian (Half-Mexican, Half Navajo, Crimson)
  • Pilgrim (Wetworks)
  • Rainmaker (Apache, Gen¹³)
  • Red Bird (Sioux, Black Ops)

Hexagon

  • Darkwing (Lakota)
  • Ozark (Lakota)

Image Comics

  • Barbaric (Special Operations Taskforce, former member of Freak Force; wife is Ricochet)
  • Broadarrow
  • Ian Nottingham (a.k.a. Excalibur of Witchblade, of British and Native American descent)
  • Kodiak (New Men)
  • Nighteagle (Master Magus of the Age)
  • Ripclaw (Apache, member of Cyberforce)
  • Stalking Wolf (a.k.a. Shaman’s Tears)

Marvel Comics

  • American Avenger (Pacqui)
  • American Eagle (Navajo)
  • Black Crow (Navajo)
  • Centurious of the Firm (Amerind)
  • Cusack (Tuscarora), Timespirits (Epic)
  • Danielle Moonstar (Cheyenne, member of New Mutants, X-Force)
  • Doot (Wawenoc), Timespirits (Epic)
  • Echo (a.k.a. Crazy Horse, Ronin) (half Cheyenne, half Latina, member of New Avengers)
  • Elisa Maza police detective from the Gargoyles comic series, (half Hopi, half African American)
  • Fire Eyes (Amerind, ally of Daimon Hellstrom Son of Satan)
  • Forge (Cheyenne, member of X-Men & X-Factor)
  • HighNote of the Young Gods (Part Colombian, part Indian)
  • Moonstalker (Inuit, member of Young Gods)
  • Naze (Cheyenne, Forge’s shaman teacher)
  • Portal (member of same tribe as Puma)
  • Pvt Jay Littlebear (of the Leatherneck Raiders)
  • Puma (former enemy turned ally of Spider-Man, from an unnamed Arizona tribe)
  • Red Warrior (Comanche)
  • Red Wolf (a.k.a. Wild Run Cheyenne, Anachronauts)
  • Red Wolf II (Cheyenne)
  • Red Wolf III (Cheyenne, Rangers)
  • Red Zeppelin (Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation)
  • Redstone (Apache, member of Squadron Supreme, Earth S)
  • Ringo Kid (half)
  • Risque (Cuban Seminole, member of X-Corporation, deceased)
  • Running Fish (half Apache, half Cibecue, Sunset Riders)
  • Shaman (Sarcee, member of Alpha Flight))
  • Silver Fox (Native Canadian, ally of Wolverine)
  • Sitting Bullseye (Band of the Bland)
  • Snowbird (half Sarcee, member of Alpha Flight)
  • Spirit/ Iron-Knife, Charlie (of G.I. Joe)
  • Talisman (Sarcee, member of Alpha Flight)
  • Talon (Derek Maza) leader of the Mutates from the Gargoyles comic series (half Hopi, half African American).
  • Thunderbird (Apache, member of X-Men)
  • T-bird, alternate Universe version of Thunderbird, (Apache, Exiles member)
  • Tomorrow Hawk (a.k.a. Ceyote. of New Breed and Eternals)
  • Venus (cloned from the DNA of Goliath and Elisa Maza, Gargoyles comic series)
  • Warpath (Apache, member of New Mutants, X-Force, X-Corporation, & X-Men)
  • Werehawk (Futurians) [1]
  • Witch Woman (former enemy turned ally of Ghost Rider)
  • Wyatt Wingfoot (Keewazi, associate of Fantastic Four)
  • Zachery Moonhunter (of the Avengers)

War Drums Studios / Mystic Comics

  • Earth (Navajo, Tribal Force)
  • Gan (Apache, Tribal Force)
  • Little Big Horn (Sioux, Tribal Force)
  • Thunder Eagle (Lakota, Tribal Force)

Red Cloud Comics

  • Jake Red Cloud, Quechua (Red Cloud Comics)

Independents

  • Alma Grande, el Yaqui Justiciero (Mexican Yaqui, Publicaciones Herrerías, July 1961)
  • Anthar (Gold Key Comics & Valiant Comics)
  • Broadarrow (Valiant Comics)
  • Captain Canuck (Tom Evans, first incarnation, Metis, published by Richard Comely backed by CKR-Productions)
  • Centaur (1/8 Cherokee, F.R.E.E.Lancers)
  • Cloud-Splitter (PS 238).
  • Jerônimo (from Jerônimo, o Herói do Sertão, RGE, 1957)
  • John Redfeather (from Spirit of the Wolf) (Wild Wolf Studio)
  • Haokah the Thunder Being (Spirit of the Wolf) (Wild Wolf Studio)
  • Coyote the Trickster (Spirit of the Wolf) (Wild Wolf Studio)
  • Koda the Warrior (Lakota)
  • Longhunter (Valiant Comics)
  • Nighthawk (Navajo, F.R.E.E.Lancers)
  • Scout (Apache, Eclipse Comics)
  • Scratchbuilt (Half Miskito, Half Central American, F.R.E.E.Lancers)
  • Stallion Canuck (Native Canadian, Created by Lou Douzepis, King Led Comics)
  • Supermaya (Mayan, Mexican comic)
  • Tall Tree (Freedom Fighters, Valiant Comics)
  • Turok (Dell Comics, Gold Key Comics, & Valiant Comics)
  • White Buffalo Warriors (Valiant Comics)
  • Wilde Knight

Newspapers

  • Captain Chinook (from a Canadian newspaper, created by Jean Claude St. Aubin)
  • MuttonMan, a comic in the Navajo Times, created by Navajo comedian Vincent Craig
  • Patoruzú (Tehuelche, Argentine comic character created in 1928 by Dante Quinterno)

In the early 2000’s, thanks in part to the MMO City of Heroes, and thanks to the interest in the idea that Katar Hol (Hawkman) was of Native American ancestry, I created a character who was a full blood Dakota.  This eventually became the character of Maxwell Running Cloud (Hawk’s Scream) who appears in the book Canyons of Steel along with his sister Naomi Simonson (nee Running Cloud), and Naomi’s son Peter (who is, thanks to marriage, half Dakota, half Finnish).  While the book is available at lulu.com, on Amazon.com, and through Barnes & Noble (available for the Nook), I do plan on cleaning it up a lot more in time.

However, this post was a long one looking at the different Native American characters in comics.

And now, a bit of history.

In 1863, Chief Whitecap, who’s people lived in Minnesota, knew that something horrible was coming for the Dakota people in the years ahead.  So he and his entire people moved north, not stopping until they settled in the South Saskatchewan River Valley.  The bright side of this was the fact that Chief Whitecap became good friends and neighbours with John Lake, a temperance colonist who wanted wanted to create a temperance settlement along the South Saskatchewan.  This would eventually become Saskatoon.  Whitecap showed Lake some of the best land along the river.  The two groups got along quite well.  In 1885, when tensions grew between Natives, Metis and the federal government, Gabriel Dumont and Louis Riel petitioned Whitecap to support the cause and send warriors to help fight the North West Mounted.  Whitecap agreed, but on one condition; Saskatoon would not be attacked.  The settlers who had made their homes in 1882 would be free of violence.  Whitecap and his warriors were held in a prison camp for a time after the Northwest Rebellion, but eventually released.

Had it not been for Whitecap, though, the city of Saskatoon may never have existed.

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Posted by on November 3, 2013 in Canyons of Steel, Fun, Hawk's Scream, randomness, Writing

 

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