Native Americans

Invisible Ink: No 182 - Willa Cather

When Dorothy got home to Kansas it always seemed to me she'd been sold a pup; Oz was far more exciting than the hardscrabble toil of her family homestead. Life for settlers in the "oblong states" of the West was tough, mean and short. Reading Willa Cather, I'd assumed she knew about frontier life on the Great Plains because, although her family was originally Welsh, she'd been born on a farm in Virginia in 1873. But the Cathers were an upwardly mobile family; Willa's father had switched from farming to real estate and insurance, and Willa went to the University of Nebraska. After she began to get articles published she switched her major and became a writer.

Millinery: Hat's your final warning

When convicted anti-Semite John Galliano wore a Homburg-style hat (popular with Hasidic Jews), it upset many in the Jewish community. But the danger of wearing the wrong titfer is everywhere. Wear a bowler and you look  like a banker (or an East London trendy).

More headlines

Russell Means: American Indian activist and actor

Russell Means, it was said, was the best known American Indian since Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. The Washington Post called him "the biggest, baddest, meanest, angriest, most famous Indian activist of the late 20th century" He used militant protest and violence, politics, and even showbusiness to further the cause. He was as divisive as he was charismatic. Above all however, Means' life was a reminder of the terrible injustices visited upon his people by the white men who built the United States.

Bowlers battle each other while battering Windies

Stuart Broad looked cross when he learned that he was to be rested, along with James Anderson. When Andrew Strauss won the toss and said England would bowl, the game was turned into an entertaining trial between three pace bowlers determined to make a case for a role against South Africa next month.