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America's Fascinating Indian Heritage: The First Americans: Their Customs, Art, History and How They Lived Hardcover – November 1, 1990
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YA-- An easy-to-read book that is packed with information covering customs, history, and art of every major tribe in North America. Laid out regionally and chronologically, it is an ideal reference. The maps, drawings, and diagrams bring the well-written text to life. Short sections highlight specific aspects of a culture such as basketry of California tribes or building a dugout canoe. The fine illustrations that accompany them will spark interest in learning more about the cultures. Of special note is the section dealing with current Native American issues. Finally, there is a helpful listing of museums, archeological sites, and special ceremonies. A fine addition to high school libraries that will help students in history, art, and humanities.
- Sandi Hammonds, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Their life was impacted with the arrival of Columbus. Each chapter gives a description on such impact. They were the "savages" needed to be civilized and Christianized especially in 19th Century with a lot of confrontation and resistance. On page 389, it said that Russian trappers raped, murdered and enslaved native peoples. In a few years, the Alents, a people closely related to Eskimos, were almost exterminated. The more numerous Eskimos were also cruelly oppressed by the trappers. As they did not have the anti-body against European diseases, they died out at an alarming rate.
The chapter"Renaissance of an Ancient People" gives hope to a bright future. Impressive are the Confederacy and the Great Peace of the Iroquois. The Seeing Indian History chapter listed museums, archeological sites and attractions throughout USA and Canada. This is the living history of America.
What makes this book distinctive from other, more authoritive, texts is its rich supply of full color maps and illustrations, many of which document rarely seen events and artifacts. Others clearly illustrate such complex processes as a seasonal round in the Great Basin, the construction of a canoe in the Subarctic, and the assembly of a tipi in the Plains. In addition, the text of each chapter contains various _fictional_ first-person narritives describing details of daily life in these societies. While the usefulness, accuracy, and appropriateness of these "accounts" are questioned by some, in most cases, I've found that they help readers and students to imagine, sympathize, understand, and relate with these traditional lifeways. As such, they add more than they detract from the educational value of this text. However, there are some obvious factual errors which most be guarded against, whose presence may be evidence of the potentially dated nature of this volume, originally from 1978. Similarly, any new developments and discoveries of the last twenty-five years are not represented. Further, from the perspective of this Archaeologist, discussion of the prehistoric and developmental aspects of these societies is incomplete.
Yet, despite these failings, the interest and enthusiasm this book instills about Native American cultures and how they lived, and its rich factual content, ensures that America's Fascinating Indian Heritage will remain a widely-used introductory text for this subject.
This was a gift for my husband. He had wanted it for some time. I had ordered it from another company and returned it because it was not in the condition advertised. Thank you for honest advertising!!
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