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The Mystic Warriors of the Plains: The Culture, Arts, Crafts and Religion of the Plains Indians Paperback – March 12, 2002


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  • Series: Mails, Thomas E.
  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (March 12, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156924538X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569245385
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,747,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Pert on May 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
There is no doubt that the author's veneration of the old time Plains Indians borders on hero-worship; and if enthusiasm alone could guarantee accuracy, this would be a great book. Unfortunately, that is not the case here. I have studied Plains Indian culture for more than 30 years, and must agree with the previous reviewer from Montana that this book is riddled with errors from beginning to end. For example, Mails tells us that the Indians made bow cases from the tails of mountain lions. I am currently making a mountain lion quiver and bowcase myself, and I can tell you flatly that the mountain lion never lived whose tail was big enough for this purpose. Instead, the tail was always left as a pendant hanging from the mouth of the quiver. Since Mails' book includes a full page color painting, done by him, of a quiver with the tail hanging down in just that fashion, you wonder how he could make this error - but he did, and many others like it. Most of them could have been avoided if Mails had carefully read the primary sources listed in his own bibliography. This is a big, impressive looking coffee-table type book, and so our natural inclination is to believe whatever it says - an inclination strengthened by the fact that Mails makes every statement with an air of absolute authority. The reviewer from Pipestone, MN says that this book has all the answers, and it does. The problem is that those answers are so often completely wrong.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 1997
Format: Paperback
The Mystic Warriors of the Plains uses a respectful and sensitive--but not fawning--tone that is perfect for anthropological history. It contains a huge quantity of detail about plains culture, with an emphasis on the material culture of the Siouxan peoples. However, the abundance of detail makes this a book that is difficult to read in anything but small doses. Further, the author implicitly treats Native Americans as a thing of the past. Use this book as a reference or browse it at bedtime, but don't try to read straight through it
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
I teach Native American cultures to children and adults alike at the Little Feather Indian center in Pipestone, Minnesota. Ever since I first saw this book back in '95 I have had it by my side when giving a talk. If I don't know the answer to a question, I look it up in this book. I call it my Bible. It is the best source I know for information on the Plains Tribes. The pictures are works of art, and Mails has so much knowledge that he imparts to the reader. If you want to know more about the Plains Tribes do get this book, it is a little bit expensive but worth every cent. I promise.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 1997
Format: Paperback
Thomas Mails brings us this unforgettable book of the Plains Indians! Mails has really given us a classic here that must be read over and over again! This book is so informative. I personally think that it could be used in colleges as a textbook! It tells us all about their dress, weapons, hairstyles, and religion. I think that every person should run out and buy this book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Artist de on September 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Best and most informative, Historically correct and honest book I have ever had the opportunity to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris clark on June 28, 2014
Format: Paperback
Had this years ago in hard back.
Has a lot of info and history.
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