American Indians: The First Nations: Native North American Life, Myth and Art

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This handsomely illustrated introduction to North America?s diverse indigenous cultures explores the powerful relationship between Native Americans and the land?a connection that is preserved in a rich tradition of storytelling. Presented here, in words and pictures, is a wealth of native artistry?beautifully decorated objects fashioned out of every conceivable gift of nature. Here, too, are themes that have long fired the imagination: creation stories; dreams and visions; epic hero and trickster figures; the ...
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This handsomely illustrated introduction to North America’s diverse indigenous cultures explores the powerful relationship between Native Americans and the land—a connection that is preserved in a rich tradition of storytelling. Presented here, in words and pictures, is a wealth of native artistry—beautifully decorated objects fashioned out of every conceivable gift of nature. Here, too, are themes that have long fired the imagination: creation stories; dreams and visions; epic hero and trickster figures; the healing powers of shamans and holy people; sand paintings and medicine wheels; hunting ceremonies; and male and female rites of passage. These major topics, and many more, are interpreted visually through iconography, pattern, motif, and symbolism, as well as in terms of their underlying historical and spiritual significance. Written by a leading anthropologist, this is a striking survey of Native American cultural heritage. Larry J. Zimmerman, former Professor of Anthropology and Visiting Professor of American Indian and Native Studies at the University of Iowa, is now Head of Archaeology at the Minnesota Historical Society. He is also the author of Native North America.
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The large size chapter book reveals impressive and well-researched information about Native North Americans. Beautiful vivid photographs, many full-page, of the world of the Native American enhance the text. The landscape and geography of the people, their dwellings and beautiful artifacts such as baskets, masks and pottery come to life through the photographs. Chapters include information about images, sacred objects, rituals, sacraments, myths, and legends. Readers will find the myths and legends of great interest. One of these myths sheds light on the mysterious rock formation of Devil's Tower in Wyoming. Legend tells of the Great Bear which his pursued the Seven Sisters to the rock formation where he tried and tried to scale this cliff, leaving behind his claw marks as part of the formation. The mystery of the Big Horn Medicine Wheel on Medicine Mountain in Wyoming will also fascinate and inform. Beautiful graphics of woven tapestries from various tribes grace the top of each page of text and add visual interest. End notes provide a list of native peoples and regions. There is a resource list for further reading and a complete index. This is as visually beautiful as it is informative. It is a useful resource in any library media center and would be valuable to any curriculum focusing on Native Americans. 2004, Duncan Baird Publishers, Ages 10 up.
—Sue Reichard
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  • ISBN-13: 9781904292746
  • Publisher: Baird, Duncan Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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