From School Library Journal
Grade 6 & Up--In partnership with the Glenbow Museum in Alberta, Canada, leaders from the Blackfoot community produced a compilation of their history and artifacts for this book. It documents the origins of Blackfoot beliefs and spirituality and pays specific attention to the struggle against assimilation that the people engaged in with the American and Canadian governments. This text relies heavily on both primary sources and oral tradition and is written in narrative form. There are some lovely photographs and a glossary of Blackfoot terms but, on the whole, the volume struggles to spark readers' interest. The writing is dry and monotonous and the authors constantly remind readers of the negative impact the Europeans have had on their culture. Clearly, the indigenous North Americans have suffered since the arrivals of the Europeans but this book's sole agenda appears to be the illustration of the wonderfully spiritual native virtues versus the oppressively evil deeds of "nonnatives." There are many other better organized and more interestingly written works available for the study of native history.Robyn Ryan Vandenbroek, Elgin Court Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
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Gr. 7-up. Working with the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta, Blackfoot community members agreed to help develop an exhibition about their way of life. Elders and spiritual leaders shared their history, traditions, beliefs, and artifacts to document their lives in the exhibit and for this book. The accessible text includes insight into the Blackfoot's spiritual attitude toward land, the structure of their society, relationships with both the Canadian and the U.S. governments, and the devastating effects of the boarding schools. Numerous photos show Blackfoot leaders, sacred places, clothing, and contemporary dances. Drawing on the knowledge and perspective of tribal elders and spiritual leaders, this excellent volume provides readers with a context for understanding and appreciating Blackfoot culture. It's also a wonderful model for books about First Nations peoples. A glossary of Blackfoot terms is appended. Karen HuttCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved