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Cannibalism, Headhunting and Human Sacrifice in North America: A History Forgotten 1st Edition
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George Franklin Feldman, the author, has loved archeology since he was a boy and Dr. Glenn Black let him dig around an Angel Mounds site. His love of American history continued into adulthood and his focus turned to the dark site of the American Indians and their relations with the invaders. He has found people ranging from relunct to even defiant at the suggestion that the Native Americans were anything other than passive victims. They were anything but passive.
Before the Europeans meddled into their affairs, the Indians were massacring each other with regular frequency. In warfare, often whole villages were murdered. The gentler option was death to the men and slavery to the women and children. And, of course, let's not forget the cannibalism and human sacrifice.
Human sacrifice and cannibalism served many functions. Some tribes killed their own people for rituals or sacrificed slaves. Cannibalism often occurred in an attempt to gain the bravery of the person eaten or to strengthen the warrior about to fight. And, as European Americans did later, they turned to cannibalism to survive starvation. Cannibalism also was religiously-based. There were gods and goddesses who were cannibals and humans who worshiped them by becoming cannibals themselves.
As Europeans met with the headhunting ways of the Native Americans they were at first appalled, then they learned to be as savage.Read more ›
Feldman, who voices a long interest in archaeology and North American history, presents evidence to dispel the sanitized viewpoint of the Native American as noble savage. The presentation does little for the image of the European explorers and colonizers either. His account of Pilgrim treachery and how the Puritans murdered Massasoit's sons is a bit different from the conventional Thanksgiving mythology.
None of the information presented is really new. It was already available in a multitude of books and documents, many of which are included in Feldman's extensive bibliography. He did do his homework and fairly points out the source material belies the conventional history which glosses over the brutal clashes in which Native Americans and Europeans were matched in brutality.
Feldman is also clear in stating many cases of atrocity need to be viewed with suspicion due to the prejudice of the reporter. There are, of course, other cases where terrible practices have been borne out by more recent scientific studies. For instance, evidence of cannibalism among the early Southwestern Basketmakers confirmed by the work of molecular biologist Richard Marlar.
This is not a book for every reader. But for those willing to take the plunge it offers interesting food for thought on the nature of man and the consequences of his actions.
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Fascinating book. The politically correct nonsense and lies that American students in history classes have been subjected to all these decades is astounding.Published 7 months ago by Zumi Dogett
Real history. Not any of this revised crap that has infiltrated our libraries. Highly recommend this book.Published 9 months ago by krobles
Delightfully contrarian and almost bloodthirstily in-PC in addressing the terrifying facts of blood cults and cannibalism among native Americans. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jared Gergen
well sourced and readable study of a gruesome topic that for some readers may deal a major blow to the notion/image of the "noble savage". Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by inner exile
History made interesting!!! Unknown, but true and fact-checked account of our nation's history that we don't like to talk about!Published on September 1, 2013 by My Little Pony Lover
Best book I've bought in a long time, my mother had a bunch of books on native americans, but those books were all the typical politically correct,the Indians were just innocent... Read morePublished on February 3, 2013 by DoctorManiac
Excellent book, contains much fascinating material. Factual accounts of tribes in America, not the Dances With Wolves fantasy. Read morePublished on October 17, 2012 by Magneto