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Restoring a Presence: American Indians and Yellowstone National Park Hardcover – December 20, 2004

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Peter Nabokov is Professor of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA and author of A Forest of Time: American Indian Ways of History and How the World Moves: The Odyssey of an American Indian Family.



Lawrence Loendorf is the author of Thunder and Herds: Rock Art of the High Plains.
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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (December 20, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806135891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806135892
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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This book documents the many relationships between Native American tribes and the Yellowstone National park region. It draws heavily from a report that the authors wrote for the National Park Service in the mid-1990s. It takes an eclectic, multidisciplinary approach, using evidence from archaeology, folklore, written history, oral history, and anything else the authors could find.

One might wonder why such documentation is necessary - - certainly Indians lived in Yellowstone, as they lived everywhere else, right? Unfortunately Yellowstone National Park has long denied this fact, or ignored it. It has not funded research into the park’s indigenous history, and has not told this history to its visitors. In these respects, the park stands out against some other parks.

The authors succeed in documenting this history well. The style is scholarly but readable. The final chapter discusses some of the changes Yellowstone has made in response to this evidence. The book is essential for people interested in learning more about these issues in depth.

It's probably too much for the general reader or for someone just traveling to the park. For a shorter, even more accessible introduction that focuses just on the Sheepeaters (Tukudeka Shoshone), see Loendorf's book with Nancy Medaris Stone, Mountain People.
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This is based on an ethnographic, archeological and anthropological study of Native American tribes and their relationships to the place that we call Yellowstone National Park. The study was sponsored by the National Park Service. The authors have outlined the cultural importance of YNP to the many Native American tribes in the area from pre-history to the present. The archeological evidence is fascinating. The ethnography is equally engaging. I loved reading this and keep it handy for reference when I am visiting YNP.
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Putting the native Americans back in the History of North America where they belong.
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