- 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 (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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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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.
The last section deals with modern Indians, "The Reservation Years" (universal citizenship was not granted until 1924), the racism faced by returning veterans after World War I and II, white encroachment on desirable reservation lands, the changing policy of federal Indian bureaus and the rise of Indian militancy culminating in 1973 when Indian protesters occupied Wounded Knee for two months and won national attention to their cause.
The book ends on an upbeat note, with a discussion of casino gambling that focuses on the money raised for the tribes and skims over the controversies, mentioning factional "bitter controversies," without going into detail.
While this approach holds true for many issues and incidents raised in the book, there is much here that most Americans know little about, from details of the various battles and callous government policies, to the legends, religious beliefs, medicines, foods and cultural attitudes of various tribes.
The volume's design is vivid and highly attractive. Photographs and paintings depict battles, trading scenes, ceremonies and landscapes as well as artifacts like pottery, clothing designs, amulets and sculpture. Although there are four to five illustrations on every double page, the illustrations complement rather than overwhelm the text which is readable throughout and filled with day-to-day details which capture the imagination.
While the subtitle, "The Untold Story," is not strictly accurate (much of this material appears in numerous other books) "Through Indian Eyes" is an attractive and sympathetic addition to a body of history too long ignored.