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A Forest of Time: American Indian Ways of History Paperback – February 25, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0521568746 ISBN-10: 0521568749

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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (February 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521568749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521568746
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Native American historiography has been dominated by the writings of non-Natives, who have allowed their preconceived notions and prejudices to color their writings. In recent decades, there has been a concerted effort to balance the literature by providing the "Indian" perspective. The problem is, as brilliantly demonstrated in this work by Nabokov (American Indian studies and world arts and cultures, UCLA; Native American Architecture), there is no monolithic "Indian" perspective. Essentially an expansion of an essay titled "Native Views of History" that was published in The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas. Vol. 1: North America, this multidisciplinary intellectual history describes the many ways that individual Native American groups have defined their histories for their own purposes. By bringing these varying Native perspectives to the fore, Nabokov has performed a service that will only enrich future research into the history of Native American groups. This path-breaking work is highly recommended for all academic libraries and should be strongly considered by public libraries as well. John Burch, Campbellsville Univ. Lib., KY
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"[Nabokov] thoroughly weaves his vast experiences among Native Americans into his narrative to illustrate and validate the points he makes. The author also deftly navigates the maze of historical, folkloric, and anthropological literature to build his case. A Forest of Time is an important book that convincingly argues just how differently Indian people conceptualize, interpret, use, and integrate history into individual and group identity. As such, this book will be of general interest to scholars, students, and Native American history buffs." Historian

"Elegantly written, Nabokov's study of American Indians' practice of history is a feast for those interested in the nature of history itself." American Literature

"This multidisciplinary intellectual history describes the many ways that individual Native American groups have defined their histories for their own purposes. By bringing these varying Native perspectives to the fore, Nabokov has performed a service that will only enrich future research into the history of Native American groups. This path-breaking work is highly recommended for all academic libraries and should be strongly considered by public libraries as well." Library Journal

"Nabokov thoroughly and sympathetically surveys the results of [Native American] scholarly endeavors. He is an excellent guide to the diverse and changing trends in the various fields of anthropology as applied to American Indians... Nabokov's evenhanded survey is a useful guide to those who want to look further into American Indians' strange and lovely habits of thought about their past." Los Angeles Times

"This elegant and fascinating study of American Indian forms of historical consciousness will interest any one who has wondered about the varieties of historical experience and the permutations of memory." Arthur Schlesinger

"A Forest of Time is a superbly written and essential corrective to that great sea of bad history and bad faith generated about 'Indians' since colonial times. Peter Nabokov writes with brilliance, insight, eloquence, precision, and tact. The result is an extraordinary book, one I wish every reader in America would take to heart." Louis Owens, University of California, Davis

"[Nabokov] has drawn on decades of his own research and recent findings in ethnohistory, anthropology, folklore, and Indian studies. The result is an impressive work of transdisciplinary scholarship exploring the complex and varied ways in which American Indian societies make sense of the past." Books & Culture

"...the author offers a stimulating catalogue of storytelling. Without compromising the narrative prose, he presents a systematic and scholarly treatment of the subject." Canadian Journal of Archaeology

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
A Forest Of Time: American Indian Ways Of History by Peter Nabokov (Professor of American Indian Studies and World Arts/Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles) is a college level study of how Native Americans have interpreted and transmitted their own histories in creation stories, folktales, oral histories, and tradition. Individual chapters address a range of subjects from the dynamics of myth versus history, to the value of rituals, and Native American prophecies for the future embedded within tribal culture. A fascinating, engaging dialogue and sourcebook that contributes a unique multicultural perspective on the origin of America and its native peoples, A Forest Of Time is strongly recommended for personal and academic Native American Studies supplemental reading lists and academic reference collections.
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By Audrey Bruce on February 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a vital book for understanding the difference between how American Indian peoples and Western peoples integrate history, landscape, and time. Great for anthropologists and archaeologists. Good companion book to Deloria's God is Red.
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10 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 2003
Format: Hardcover
"A Forest of Time" moved very slowly for me. The continual use of $100 words and one reference after another. During the book it appeared that Nabokov was scrambled in all these references himself. However; if you hang in their, Nabokov does hit on some insightful learning towards the history of American Indians. This book is a slow starter that does finally bring it home in the end. This book will better serve a classroom, rather than, the casual reader looking for fast knowledge of American Indian history.
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