- Paperback: 450 pages
- Publisher: Checkmark Books; 3rd edition (February 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0816068593
- ISBN-13: 978-0816068593
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Atlas of The North American Indian 3rd Edition
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A splendid revision of the 1985 work and a good companion to Waldman's Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes... --School Library Journal
About the Author
Carl Waldman, a graduate of Hamilton College, is a former archivist for the New York State Historical Association. A freelance writer, he is the author of numerous books on American Indians, including Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes, Third Edition for Facts On File and Checkmark Books. He is the coauthor of Facts On File's Encyclopedia of Exploration, a Booklist/RBB "Editors' Choice Reference Source, 2004" and a Library Journal "Best Reference Source, 2004." He lives in New York.
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With all that in mind, the book still is quite useful in showing students the basics of Native American cultures. Many students have little idea of these cultures beyond what they’ve seen in films which is often highly distorted. This book explains the movements of the tribes, the way the various people interacted with one another, and the way they lived. It does give a brief look at pre-Columbian societies and then moves into the destruction contact with Europeans wrought in such a short time.
A timeline of events is included along with a list of native nations, place-names, museums, historical sites, and a glossary. A bibliography is also provided which is really a good thing to have for students who are looking for additional information. This is a book that I used in two college courses and it was helpful to a degree. Were I teaching a course on Native American history I could use this book to supplement others. As such I do recommend reading it for students who are interested in learning about Native American cultures. I also think it is a good reference book for the US history survey courses which often push Native Americans to the wayside.
I am in the midst of reading an biography of Tecumseh. The Shawnees had had three migrations forced by powerful neighbors in the 200 years that white people had been in contact with them. Then came the forced exile of the eastern Tribes to west of the Mississippi.
Carl Waldman steps steps into this vast arena and organizes a great deal of information in one volume. He deals with the ancient cultures and the major cultural groups that existed and still exist. He provides maps that show a lot of information in a easily comprehended page. The Chapter on Indian Wars is a particularly good reference piece.