American Indian History: A Documentary Reader / Edition 1

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This latest volume in Wiley-Blackwell's Uncovering the Past series supports the premise that indigenous intellects were the equal of European intellects at the moment of conquest, that the people suffered a long period of decline for varied reasons, and that in the recent past they have made great strides in asserting themselves once again. With nearly a third of the volume dedicated to the ancient world through the eighteenth century, Townsend allows the documents to illuminate the richness of American Indian historical traditions and the strength of the efforts they made when the crisis came. The volume then moves on to extensive coverage of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, completing an integral study of the American Indian experience.

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"Unlike any other text, Townsend’s accessible collection offers a much-needed gathering of documents in Native history from the pre-Columbian era to the present. It will be an invaluable resource for the undergraduate classroom."
Gwenn Miller, College of the Holy Cross

"Camilla Townsend's book is an ideal supplement for any course in Native American history. The documents here will introduce students to crucial aspects of the indigenous experience. More important, the texts testify to the richness of Native American cultures."
Peter C. Mancall, University of Southern California

"Filled with a wide range of primary sources, Camilla Townsend’s American Indian History: A Documentary Reader offers a comprehensive, yet manageable, resource for instructors wanting to inject more American Indian history in their American history survey courses."
Troy Bickham, Texas A&M University

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Meet the Author

Camilla Townsend is Professor of History at Rutgers University. She is the author of Tales of Two Cities: Race and Economic Culture in Early Republican North and South America (2000), Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma (2004), and Malintzin’s Choices: An Indian Woman in the Conquest of Mexico (2006).

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Table of Contents

Series Editors' Preface viii

Acknowledgments x

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Indian Ways 9

1 Maya Glyphs at Piedras Negras 9

2 Ancient Nahuatl Prayers from the Florentine Codex 12

3 Pueblo Bonito of Chaco Canyon 14

4 Images of Secotan 17

5 Two Versions of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Creation Story 21

Chapter 2 First Contact 27

1 Arrival of the Spaniards in the Annals of Tlatelolco 27

2 Response to the Spanish by Native Priests 29

3 Don Luis Travels the World 31

4 The Arrival of the Dutch at Manhattan in Native Memory 33

Chapter 3 The Expectations of the Strangers 39

1 Christopher Columbus's Journal 39

2 Cabeza de Vaca's Experiences in North America 41

3 Thomas Harriot's Observations at Roanoke 43

4 John Smith's Visit to Werowocomoco 44

5 Edward Waterhouse's Report on the Events of 1622 46

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