From Library Journal
Through the centuries, Colorado has been home to a wide variety of Native American groups. Colorado archaeologist Crum here begins with the earliest occupants, the paleo-Indians, then discusses the succeeding Archaic, Anasazi, and Fremont cultures. She then examines the cultures of the Plains, the Mountain tribes, and the Athabascan-speaking groups from the North and follows these groups to where they reside today. Crum achieves an overview of the cultural elements and history of each group, which she complements with suggestions of relevant places to visit and pertinent further reading. Appropriately, since only the Utes now live on reservations in Colorado, the author includes a discussion of the state's contemporary urban Indian population. For Colorado and general collections that need a basic overview of the Indians in that area.?Mary B. Davis, Huntington Free Lib., N.Y.
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"This marvelous book will delight readers looking for an extremely well written overview of the earliest peoples and tribes . . . in Colorado. . . . I would award it my highest recommendation. . . ."<br /><br />For at least 12,000 years, Native Americans laid claim to the land that, with the coming of the Europeans, came to be called Colorado. From paleolithic hunters to contemporary Arapahoe, Ute, and Shoshone peoples, Native Americans have adapted again and again to the demands of this unpredictable land, its climate and its invaders. Their history and tenacity are revealed in Colorado archaeologist Sally Crum's People Of The Red Earth. Lively, accessible, authoritative, and exceptionally well written for the non-specialist general reader, People Of The Red Earth explains how the earliest agriculturists kept their fields green despite long droughts, how hunters knapped tools and points so precise they can barely be duplicated, and how features announced a warrior's reputation. Each culture (from the Anasazi to the Arapahoes) has its own medicinal herbs, shaman's powers, women's dress styles, children's games, lovesongs, battles and truces. Crum's research and archaeological experience brings all this rich heritage to life again. Crum also shows how the story of Colorado's earliest inhabitants continues to be rewritten through new techniques in excavation, lab research, and dating tests. Organized by era and region, People Of The Red Earth is also a comprehensive guide to recommended archaeological sites, museums, and cultural centers. Crum's informative text is further enhanced by numerous maps, drawings and historic photographs. A splendid work of exemplary scholarship. --Midwest Book Review