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"This will become an indispensable guide to those special places that remind us that every place we think we 'discovered' was already someone else's home." --Ken Burns, filmmaker

"A highly readable, extremely responsible and brilliant blend of guidebook entries and background essays by the most knowledgeable scholars and writers in the field of American Indian history and culture today. My earlier journeys sure would have been enriched with this wonderful book in the car. It opens up a brand new American experience for the adventuresome vacationer and armchair traveller alike." --Peter Nabokov, author of Where The Lightning Strikes: The Lives of American Indian Sacred Places

"American Indian Places is an indispensable guidebook to all of us who share the ancient human landscape of this continent. These are the landmarks of the intertwined histories of American Indians and those who came later. Descriptions of 366 places, written by nearly as many authors, have been gathered together in this remarkable book, which holds special meaning for American Indians." --Dean R. Snow, president of the Society for American Archaeology

"Anyone who is interested in the truly beautiful, distinctive, and spiritual places in this country will find this book all but indispensable. It is a precise and comprehensive guide to Native America, the definition of a landscape that is timeless and unique, above all an evocation of the sacred earth." --Scott Momaday, School for Advanced Research

About the Author

Frances H. Kennedy is the editor and principal contributor of the best-selling Civil War Battlefield Guide. She resides in Washington, D.C.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co (September 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395633362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395633366
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,521,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lance M. Foster VINE VOICE on October 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Ok, first the standard disclaimer: I am one of the contributors of one short essay to this volume...so I won't review my own essay on Blood Run National Historic Landmark ;-) However, there are over 370 sites and essays from every region and every era of the United States in this encyclopediac volume, except for Alaska and Hawaii. The indigenous people of Hawaii are not counted as Native American; it is uncertain why the Native Americans of Alaska were not included. All the profits from this book are being donated to the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall, a part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

The thing that strikes me is that each essay was written by a tribal member or scholar who is especially knowledgeable about, and connected to, the particular site they write about. The overall organization of the book is based on both geography and theme; each section is comprised of several feature essays focusing on the themes important to the regiopn, along with numerous short essays that are numbered and keyed to a map for easy location by the reader. Before getting into the regions, there are some introductory essays with a historic focus (precontact to 1900) that set the overall context for the book. The regions in general correspond to the usual culture areas of Plains, Southwest, etc., and are keyed to several maps breaking the U.S. into five areas corresponding to the five sections of the book.

Section One focuses on 84 sites in the Northeast region, shown in this book as being north of the Ohio River, from the East Coast, westward to Minnesota and the Mississippi River.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. McGovern on January 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book as a gift. The customer reviews were extremely accurate. The book was a hit. Thank you!
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