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American Indians were once called Red Men—some think this is because of the Beothuk (Osa-ana) of Newfoundland who died their skin red at a religious ceremony at Red Indian Lake with a red root called Kop. Early explorers thought their skin was naturally red. These were likely the people the Vikings called Skraelings.

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When Indiana was Indian

This map of the Indian nations in Indiana was printed about 1883 from a handwritten map, dating perhaps from 1810. The Shawnee lived across the Ohio River from Louisville. A few mixed-blood Shawnee still live a miles north of Louisville. Note the Indian names for the various rivers.

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