From School Library Journal
Grade 6-9-Liptak looks at the customs, history, religion, rituals, values, and current situation of some of the world's indigenous peoples. Her up-to-date narrative honestly examines the Yanomami of the Amazon rain forest, the San of the Kalahari Desert, the Bambuti of Africa's Ituri Forest, the Aborigines of Australia, and the Inuits of the Arctic, and discusses the effects of mainstream society on their behaviors. She writes in a nonjudgmental tone, but identifies some of the injustices these groups have faced and discusses efforts taken on their behalf. Endangered Peoples is more culturally sensitive than Adrien Stoutenberg's People in Twilight (Doubleday, 1971; o.p.); it is less visually appealing, but easier to read than Vanishing Peoples of the Earth (National Geographic, 1968; o.p.). A list of organizations that have special interest in this area is provided. Black-and-white photographs enliven the text. This title provides a clear understanding of the problems involved in trying to honor the past and at the same time make use of the modern world's advances.Sandra L. Doggett, Linganore High School, Frederick, MD
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From Kirkus Reviews
A sobering, well-balanced account of five ethnic groups living outside the industrial system. The Yanomami of the Amazon, the San of the Kalahari desert, the Bambuti of the Ituri forest, aboriginal Australians, and Inuits are all sympathetically but realistically described; Liptak clearly outlines the depredations of outsiders but also criticizes films like The Gods Must Be Crazy for promoting overly optimistic views of traditional peoples' prospects. Debunking romantic myths, she convincingly provides facts and interpretations from both well-known scientists (e.g., Dr. Napoleon Chagnon) and reputable journalists. The b&w photos included are evocative and informative. A fascinating and useful resource, for adults as well as the target audience. List of organizations interested in these peoples' problems; source notes; extensive bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 12+) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.