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Lewis and Clark: Across the Divide Paperback – Bargain Price, August 15, 2004

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Sumptuously produced...re-create[s] the material world of the early 19th century and Pacific Northwest. -- Wall Street Journal --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Carolyn Gilman is the curator of Lewis and Clark: The National Bicentennial Exhibition. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1588340953
  • ASIN: B000H2MHF2
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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This book is the catalogue to a Lewis & Clark Exhibit being put together by the Smithsonian and Missouri Historical Society. First, the good news. The exhibit (and book) documents and presents over 400 objects and artifacts related to the L&C expedition. These items have been gathered from institutions from all over the world (such as the American Philosophical Society, Smithsonian, Library of Congress, National Archives, etc.) The objects presented consists of maps, art work, journal excerpts, expedition artifacts, Indian artifacts. Some of the object are directly traced to the expedition; others (such as some of the Indian artifacts) are presented as examples of objects that Lewis & Clark describe in their journals. Each object is described, photographed, and documented. One chapter of the book describes (with flow charts) how the expedition artifacts have traveled over the past 200 years and how the items reached various institutions. The photographs are beautiful, the book layout is stunning. The book is well-worth the money for this alone.
Unfortunately, as with many Lewis and Clark books, the text (witten by Carolyn Gilman)is marred by political correctness.
For example, one whole chapter is devoted to the role of women in the tribal society versus the roles of women in post-colonial society. Why this is relevant to the Lewis and Clark expedition escapes me. But then, I am a man, so I am likely too stupid to understand this. Ms. Gilman calls the biblical creation account in Genesis the "Euro-American" creation story. No Carolyn, the biblical creation story arose in Mesopotamia about 4000 years ago.
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The book is very interesting. It is very complete especially regarding "Euro/American Cultural biases v. Indian Cultural biase. The art work is very good although the light brown ink and small font is difficult to read without very bright light. It includes an abundance of maps by Lewis and Clark.
The editor's own biase is glaring. She seems overly critical of the exporers of the time as viewed for a Twenty-First century female air conditioned East Coast office. The explorers are repeatedly critized while the Natives are glamorized and their culture elevated. The explorers are not Cultural Anthropologists and they did an amazing task with limited resources and education, both of which are held in abundance by the editor.
Other than the accademic viewpoint it is a very interesting read and I learned a lot.
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Factually, very interesting and worth the read, especially after having read the L and C journals and S.Ambrose' book; Undaunted Courage. This book fills in many gaps.
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