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Through Indian Eyes: The Untold Story of Native American Peoples Hardcover – April 2, 1996

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Seldom have Native American culture and history been recreated with the immediacy and panoramic scope given by this breathtakingly illustrated volume. Beginning with the waves of Asian migrants to North America at the end of the last ice age, and extending to recent, hard-won victories in treaty enforcement and repatriation of sacred objects, it places special emphasis on Native Americans' daily experience and worldviews as expressed in customs, rituals, art, myths, religion, architecture. Events that resonate deep in the consciousness of Native Americans, such as General John Sullivan's scorched-earth campaign through Seneca country in 1779 on orders from George Washington, and the Pueblo Indians' successful revolt in 1680 against the Spanish, punctuate a crisply written narrative crammed with hundreds of dramatic color photographs, paintings, artifacts, maps, insets. The text is by the Reader's Digest staff and by noted authorities (Albert Hurtado, Peter Nabokov, Aldona Jonaitis, etc.) with the help of Alvin Josephy Jr., Robert Venables and other consultants. This is both a basic sourcebook and a magnificent visual repository. 750,000 first printing.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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There have been plenty of studies of Native American history and culture, but this provides an excellent illustrated volume which begins with Asian migrants to North America at the end of the last ice age and moves to examine the culture and impact of Native Americans through the decades up to present time. The combination of many excellent photos, maps and illustrations combined with a panoramic view which includes not only history but psychology and cultural insights makes for an unprecedented volume no library should be without. -- Midwest Book Review
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Readers Digest; First Edition; First Printing edition (April 2, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089577819X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895778192
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 1.4 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This oversized and lavishly illustrated volume is a readable and sweeping history of the Indian societies that were disrupted and in many cases, destroyed, by the coming of the white man.
The book begins with an overview of the earliest Americans, those who crossed the land bridge between Siberia and Alaska during the last Ice Age, 12,000 to 30,000 years ago, "possibly much earlier," and, most likely, were responsible for the final extinction of the large mammals - sabre tooth tigers, mammoths, camels, giant beaver.
Using archaeological finds - temple mounds, burial sights, artifacts - many of them pictured, the editors construct details of long-gone cultures throughout the arctic and North America, from specialized hunters of the sub-arctic to the intriguing Anasazi, who built the elaborate cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon.
The narrative then moves on to better documented pre-Columbian tribes. Organized by geographic region, the book describes the tribes- some nomadic, some agricultural - giving examples of the foods they ate, the creation legends that were passed down through the generations, trading and warring customs, and technology. Many of these people welcomed the Europeans and the new trading goods they brought, but all learned that "prolonged contact with whites eventually brought terrible disruption."
Pivotal points in the struggle between natives and newcomers are depicted in brutal detail, from General John Sullivan's "scorched earth" policy against the Seneca during the American Revolution to Tecumsah's short-lived success in winning back lost territory during the War of 1812, to the Custer disaster at Little Bighorn in 1876 and the reprisals that followed.
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When you read this book, you will finally come to know of the tradegedy that befell our first Americans. Never before have I learned so much of the truth, that we were all somewhat aware of,but not really knowledgeable. How could this have happened to a people who existed so many centuries without disease, or lack of respect for the land. Not that their lives were without fault, as we know they did have strife among each tribe at times, but after contact with the Spaniards and the Europeans, life was never the same again. This book shows that after contact every effort was made to strip the American Indians of their culture, religion and possessions, and most precious of all their land, which in the beginning, there was no concept of ownership. The land was a gift that was shared by all to take was was needed to survive and give thanks to the Great Spirits that provided it's bounty. We still to this day have not done enough to thank the Native Amerians for their gifts of art, beautiful ledgends and spiritual beliefs. WE DID NOT ASK YOU WHITE MEN TO COME HERE. WE DO NOT WANT YOUR CIVILIZATION--WE WOULD LIVE AS OUR FATHERS DID AND THEIR FATHERS BEFORE THEM. Crazy Horse, Oglala Sioux
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I love this book. I've read and re-read it countless times and it never fails to capture my attention again and again. I think it's well written and set up very nicely.
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This is one of the best books I've ever read about Native American life. Plentiful pictures and illustrations add so much to the subject matter. Truly great!
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Extemely well-done! I actually bought this in hopes of more information on various tribes, but what I serendipitiously got instead was the history of the Native American Indians in relation to colonization (not that there is plenty of culture-specific information). The photos and illustrations do more than serve their purpose in bringing the information to life. It is well-researched, well-collected, and well-organized. Plus, it looks abosolutely beautiful. I am almost tempted to say that it is biased toward Native Americans, but hey, they more than deserve it. The book goes over perspectives as well as facts and approaches as many different culture's experience as possible. Wonderful resource as well as an entertaining and informative read.
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Native American History should be mandatory in schools around the country. This beautiful book could be a good starting point to familiarize Americans with what happened many years ago, especially the fascinating culture these people had. I highly recommend this beautiful book to anyone.
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Beautiful book, beautiful pictures and a world of information on Native Americans! Buy it, you'll love it!
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I originally used this book as a text book for a class I was taking. I found the book so wonderfully full of information that I had to have another copy for my coffee table. exellent writing, very full of information and will give you insight as to what really happened. Highly recommend this book to anyone who is curious about native american history!
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