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North American Indian Tribes of the Great Lakes (Men-at-Arms) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Johnson , Jonathan Smith
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Book Description

The Great Lakes were the main arena for the fur trade in colonial North America, which drew European explorers and trappers deep into the northern USA and Canada from the 17th century onwards. The desire to control the supply of this luxury item sparked wars between Britain and France, as well as conflicts between rival tribes and the newly formed United States of America, which continued until 1840.

The main tribes of the area were the Huron, Dakota, Sauk and Fox, Miami and Shawnee. All were drawn into the conflicts throughout the Great Lakes region during the French-Indian War (1754-1763), as well as the American Revolution. These conflicts culminated in Black Hawk's War of 1832, as Native American tribes attempted to resist the loss of their lands to white settlers in what is now Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. The defeat of these tribes forever altered the climate of the central American states.

This new addition to Osprey's coverage of Native American tribes details the growth of the fur trade in the Great Lakes area, the various skirmishes, battles and wars that were fought to control this vital trade and important trade area. With specially-commissioned plates, as well as photographs of locations and/or artifacts where available, expert author Michael Johnson also details the lives and material culture - including clothing, equipment and weaponry - of the local tribes themselves before their circumstances were irrevocably altered.

Editorial Reviews


"The author examines tribal groups broken down by language, intertribal relationships,
the Indians’ religion and their material culture in terms of clothing, equipment and weaponry. In addition, some notable personalities are profiled ... this 48-page book is chock full of interesting information complemented by photographic re-creations, illustrations, maps and full-color plates created by Jonathan Smith." -Toy Soldier & Model Figure (August 2011)

About the Author

Michael G Johnson has researched Native American history and culture for more than 35 years. He has written a number of books on the subject in the Men-at-Arms series, including Men-at-Arms 344: Tribes of the Sioux Nation. In July 2000 he was presented with The Denali Press Award by the American Library Association, for his Macmillan Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes. He has contributed to exhibitions for the Arts Council of Great Britain and the American Museum in Bath, UK, and has visited more than 30 Indian communities and reservations.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4077 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (February 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006XWYC30
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Michael Johnson, a noted historian on Native American peoples, has authored at least four Osprey 'Men-at-Arms' titles on Native American tribes. NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN TRIBES OF THE GREAT LAKES focuses on those 15 tribes/nations who lived in the western Great Lakes area and the Midwest between the Mississippi and Ohio valleys.

Men-at-Arms #467 offers a concise but informative overview of the Huron, Ojibwa, Ottawa, Menominee, Winnebago, Sauk, Kickapoo, Miami, Shawnee and other tribes that resided in the midwest. Johnson describes the Native American way of life prior to European contact and the arrival and impact of the Europeans before relating the culture and history of the different tribes. He then summarizes the various 'Wars with the White Man' including the French and Indian War, Pontiac's Revolt, the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Black Hawk War, etc. and provides brief bios of notable Native American leaders. A concluding chapter describes 'The Great Lakes Nations since 1850.'

Since NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN TRIBES OF THE GREAT LAKES tops out at 48 pages, no one can expect Men-at-Arms #467 to be definitive or exhaustive. Rather it is a nicely-written, well-illustrated summary of the Native American culture and experience in middle America. For someone with little knowledge of Native American tribes, Johnson's book is an excellent introduction to the subject. The vintage photographs, maps and illustrations help bring the subject to life as do the excellent color artwork supplied by Jonathan Smith.

Falling into that aforementioned "with little knowledge" category, I greatly enjoy Johnson's book. It was interesting, informative and whetted my appetite for more. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A classic textbook February 28, 2013
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I was looking for better time and place chronology. More information about tribal decision making and interaction with the Federal government. The general information about the tribes was very useful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good information. January 29, 2014
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Book worth the read if you are I interested in native American history. Good resource for this region of north America.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It is great September 3, 2013
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This book is perfect for a teacher who is interested in one resource concerning most major Indian tribes in North America.
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