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The Extraordinary Book of Native American Lists [Kindle Edition]

Arlene Hirschfelder , Paulette F. Molin

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Book Description

While Native Americans are perhaps the most studied people in our society, they too often remain the least understood and visible. Fictions and stereotypes predominate, obscuring substantive and fascinating facts about Native societies. The Extraordinary Book of Native American Lists works to remedy this problem by compiling fun, unique, and significant facts about Native groups into one volume, complete with references to additional online and print resources.

In this volume, readers can learn about Native figures from a diverse range of cultures and professions, including award-winning athletes, authors, filmmakers, musicians, and environmentalists. Readers are introduced to Native U.S. senators, Medal of Freedom winners, Medal of Honor recipients, Major League baseball players, and U.S. Olympians, as well as a U.S. vice president, a NASA astronaut, a National Book Award recipient, and a Pulitzer Prize winner. Other categories found in this book are:

Stereotypes and Myths
Tribal Government
Federal-Tribal Relations
State-Tribal Relations
Native Lands and Environmental Issues
Economic Development
Military Service and War
Native Languages
Science and Technology
Visual Arts
Literary and Performing Arts
Music and Dance
Print, Radio, and Television
Sports and Games
Exhibitions, Pageants, and Shows
Alaska Natives
Native Hawaiians
Urban Indians

Including further fascinating facts, this wonderful resource will be a great addition not only to tribal libraries but to public and academic libraries, individuals, and scholars as well.

Editorial Reviews


Author/editor Hirschfelder, Chippewa tribe member/author Molin, and Yvonne Wakim Dennis (who contributed a chapter) describe this work as the first book of lists to focus on the histories and cultures of Native American peoples. This volume's many eclectic lists appear in 24 chapters with titles including "History," "State-Tribal Relations," "Visual Arts," "Native Lands and Environmental Issues," and "Native Hawaiians." In addition to lists, each chapter includes a chronology and numerous sidebars with interesting snippets of information....Despite its limitations, it does conveniently collect numerous pieces of information that would be impossible to locate in most other reference works on Native Americans. Summing Up: Recommended.

Hirschfelder (Rising Voices) and Chippewa Tribe member Molin (American Indian Themes in YA Literature) compiled this book of data and recommended resources to dispel lingering misconceptions about Native peoples. Divided into 24 chapters and seven thematic segments, the book explores Native cultures via discussions of history, tribal issues, creative expression, and sports. Chapters are made up of time lines, statistical information, and recommended book and film titles, ostensibly ranked by significance. Sidebars highlight important concepts, defining quotations and providing other notable data. VERDICT For curious lay readers and seasoned researchers, this book offers a valuable springboard to additional reliable research leads. (Library Journal)

In 1977 the Book of Lists was published, spent more than half a year on the best-seller lists, and spawned countless spin-offs of the title. As a group, these are quirky and interesting compendiums of sometimes wildly disparate information. The content and the format just beg to be dipped into as well as to be used for substantive research. The Extraordinary Book of Native American Lists is the first to be devoted solely to Native American information and endeavors to give this style of coverage to its wide range of topics. The authors are well credentialed in this subject area and are appropriate for such a task. There are seven parts, somewhat divided by theme, that cover history, government, environment, military service, education, arts, and sports, each divided into several sections. The sections begin with a time line of the topic covered; lists of books, awards, and films appear in most of the sections; and each ends with a bibliography. The varied lists cover such topics as sacred sites, code talkers, films with Native American languages, foods, and Native traditional technologies. Scattered throughout are information boxes that further define specific items of interest, such as oral tradition, the Quileute Nation and the Twilight saga, and Sitting Bull in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. There is a general index at the end of the book. . . .This is an essential purchase for libraries with a major interest in the subject area.

The Extraordinary Book of Native American Lists is “extraordinary,” if only because no one has ever dedicated an entire volume of lists to Native Americans. But beyond that, it is an interesting collection of information that would be impossible to find elsewhere. As noted earlier, the authors’ intention is for the book to be a starting point. After spending time satisfying an initial query, the user will perhaps be inspired to explore the primary resources. The Extraordinary Book of Native American Lists is perfect for public or academic libraries that serve students of the Native American history and culture in the United States. (American Reference Books Annual)

Building on the tradition launched in 1977 by The Book of Lists Hirschfelder and Molin provide information on tribal nations, histories, and cultures in the US. The lists are gathered in 24 chapters on such themes as stereotypes and myths, Native American religions, native languages, film, and urban life. A small sampling of the lists themselves turns up the chronology of the Washington Redskins 1992-2010, selected federal legislation affecting native lands 1887-2004, and organizations dealing with Native American foods. (Book News, Inc.)

The Extraordinary Book of Native American Lists. . . . is rich with the names, dates, and tribes of American Indian accomplishments. (Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education)

This outstanding resource provides a powerful contradiction to the preponderance of published non-Native cultural voices that have reinforced stereotypes and eclipsed the truths about Native American peoples. The Extraordinary Book of Native American Lists demonstrates the tremendous scope of available resources for all educators and schools—and students—fully supporting Montana's constitutional mandate that our young people will learn historically accurate and culturally authentic information about Native Americans. (Dorothea M. Susag, author of Roots and Branches: A Resource of Native American Themes, Lessons, and Bibliographies; Curriculum Specialist for Montana's Office of Public Instruction Indian Education Department)

About the Author

Arlene Hirschfelder is series editor for Scarecrow's It Happened to Me Ultimate Teen Guides and the author of award-winning nonfiction books concerning Native Americans.

Paulette F. Molin is a member of the Chippewa Tribe from the White Earth Reservation. She is the author of American Indian Themes in Young Adult Literature (Scarecrow Press, 2005) and coauthor with Hirschfelder of American Indian Stereotypes in the World of Children (Scarecrow Press, 1999).

Product Details

  • File Size: 884 KB
  • Print Length: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press (February 27, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008UTMQ96
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