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500 Nations: An Illustrated History of North American Indians

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A book that grew from an eight-hour TV series, this is the epic and unforgettable story of the history, lore, legends, and legacy of North American Indians. With a highly accredited author and over 485 paintings, woodcuts, drawings, and photographs--329 in four-color--this oversized volume addresses a subject of never-ending fascination, providing detailed information about the lives, culture, and heritage of hundreds of North America's Indian nations. Never before has this subject been so thoroughly and deeply ...

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Overview

A book that grew from an eight-hour TV series, this is the epic and unforgettable story of the history, lore, legends, and legacy of North American Indians. With a highly accredited author and over 485 paintings, woodcuts, drawings, and photographs--329 in four-color--this oversized volume addresses a subject of never-ending fascination, providing detailed information about the lives, culture, and heritage of hundreds of North America's Indian nations. Never before has this subject been so thoroughly and deeply explored from the perspective of the Native American viewpoint.

The story of Native American leaders, customs, political systems, and ways of life, this is American history from the Native American perspective: friendship, betrayal, war, and ultimately, the loss of homeland. A companion volume to the CBS series produced by Kevin Costner, Jack Leustig, and James Wilson scheduled to air in 1995. Illustrations & photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This stunningly illustrated companion to a forthcoming CBS television series (produced by Kevin Costner, James Wilson and Jack Leustig) stands on its own as a stirring introduction to hundreds of distinct Native American nations that once blanketed the North American continent. Largely a story of conquest, displacement, betrayal, genocide and forced assimilation, the book wondrously fuses an eloquent text and more than 450 illustrations, most in color, to convey a sense of each tribe's culture, social structure and struggle to survive in the face of white settlers' encroachments. Distinguished historian Josephy (The Patriot Chiefs) has written an extraordinary work focusing on a Native American viewpoint, which ranges from the ancient Maya and Olmec civilizations of Mexico to Hopewellian mound-builders of the Ohio Valley who forged a continent-wide trade network before A.D. 500, to the democratic Nez Perces of Idaho, Washington State and Oregon, nearly exterminated by 1880. 100,000 first printing; History Book Club main selection; BOMC alternate. (Nov.)
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This pictorial pageant by the renowed historian and author is a companion volume to the upcoming TV series coproduced by Kevin Costner.
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YA-This companion to the television documentary is an excellent chronological overview of the history of North American Indians from the ancient legends of the peoples' origins to the problems faced during the Western expansion to the present. While Josephy does not explore specific tribes in great detail, he writes in a most interesting style that gives readers the feeling of being witnesses to the events. The narrative is brought to life by excerpts from journals and diaries as well as through contemporary interviews. The book is beautifully and colorfully illustrated with 485 paintings, drawings, prints, historical photographs, and artifacts. Many are large and eyecatching. The detailed index will assist researchers focusing in on a specific topic or person.-Sandi Hammonds, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375703201
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/13/1998
  • Pages: 468
  • Product dimensions: 9.24 (w) x 10.83 (h) x 1.14 (d)

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