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What is a Lost Bird????

Native American history is filled with many difficulties and problems that have caused native people to lose their culture and identity. In the late 1940's and early 1950's it was thought by the Child Welfare Association and agreed upon by the Bureau of Indian Affairs that in the best interest of the children, they should be taken from their families and placed in non-Native homes; in order that they become more readily adapted to life in the new American culture.  The concern was not because the parents were not fit, it was because they were Indians.  Taken from their home many of these children would learn to live in the normal world and never miss what they never had.  Unfortunately, that was not true. 

It was wrongly thought that this action would aid these children to become better and more adjusted members of the society. Now of course we know this to be wrong and actually more harmful to the children who were lost.  Even today many of those who were adopted know little of nothing of their traditional values and many choose to believe the original stories that their new adopted parents told them. 
 
The original Lost Bird was an infant found at the first Battle of Wounded Knee, when she was found by a calvary officier underneath the dead body of her mother in 1891. The child was taken by the officier and raised in his home to only discover as an adult that she had been lost to her family. She lived a life filled with abuse, racism, and lonliness never finding her way home.  In the years since her death her family has tried to take her home, where she belongs.

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I found it very difficult when I decided to search for my family and I also anticipated a very long ordeal with the possibility of never finding them. I found my family with the help of some compassionate people and with what some might call the luck of the Irish. After finding them I found that I needed to know more about my traditions and anticipated a sort of culture shock. My family and I reunited in 1998, and I now live on my nations reservation and am considered part of the community.

If you are planning on searching or are presently searching I would like to offer some valuable resources that I found online that may be very helpful to you. With the new Millenium we also have greater access to the internet, and I have found some very supportive places that are specifically for Native American Adoptees who are trying to find their way home or are trying to reunited with the lost families. Please check out the links that I have provided here and join in on the many message boards and chat rooms that are listed here.

And welcome home lost bird!!!!

Young Once, Indian Forever

Origins for those separated by adoption