- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Library JournalThis reference work's title is misleading because the entries focus only on events that occurred north of present-day Mexico. There are no entries on the civilizations of the Maya, Inca, or Aztecs. White (reference librarian & bibliography, American Indian Studies, San Diego State Lib.; Bibliography of Native American Bibliographies) begins the chronology with the premise that Native Americans have been in the Americas since 40,000 B.C.E. He supports this claim with an entry that mentions the Orogrande Cave in New Mexico, and then jumps forward 15,000 years to his next entry. He thus manages to cover 40,000 years of Native American prehistory in just four pages. No mention is made of well-known archaeological sites such as the Meadowcroft Shelter, the paleo-Indian site in Pennsylvania, the Topper Site (South Carolina), Cactus Hill (Virginia), or Chile's Monte Verde site, which would have helped buttress his case for Native American populations having been in the Americas for 40,000 years. Columbus appears on p. 11, and from that point on, the chronology mainly documents Indian-white relations.