Arctic Peoples

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American Indian peoples live and have lived for millennia throughout the Americas. Many people think of Indians solely in the past tense, as part of history. While these groups have a long and interesting history, their contributions to American society have continued through the 20th century and into the 21st century.

Arctic Peoples describes the lives and history of the Inuit, the Aleut, and those with whom they have come in contact, from 5,000 B.C. to today. Among the topics ...

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Overview

American Indian peoples live and have lived for millennia throughout the Americas. Many people think of Indians solely in the past tense, as part of history. While these groups have a long and interesting history, their contributions to American society have continued through the 20th century and into the 21st century.

Arctic Peoples describes the lives and history of the Inuit, the Aleut, and those with whom they have come in contact, from 5,000 B.C. to today. Among the topics covered are hunting, metalwork, building an igloo, the sea spirit Sedna, Norse settlements in Greenland, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, the impact of global warming on the Inuit and Aleut, and much more. This essential volume provides students with useful information about these Native groups.

Maps help illustrate the geography and important places of the culture area. Photographs and illustrations depict the people, animals, places, and events that were and are an essential part of the Arctic. Back matter includes a time line, a list of museums and sites, a further reading list, and an index.

About the Author:
Craig A. Doherty holds a B.A. in English and history from the University of Massachusetts and studied education at the graduate level at the University of New Mexico

About the Author:
Katherine M. Doherty holds a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in history from the University of New Mexico and an M.S. in library science from Simmons College

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VOYA - KaaVonia Hinton-Johnson
This ten-volume series covers the lives and contributions of Native Americans, including California Indians and Subarctic Peoples. The series shares the origin of each group, how the group survived over hundreds of years and often long and dangerous migrations, and day-to-day tasks such as working, playing, and worshipping a higher being. Readers will probably think of their own traditions and family responsibilities as they read about the ones explained in the books. The best part of the series is its conscious effort to describe the historical and contemporary contributions Native Americans have made, but the sections that talk about the latter are brief. Arctic Peoples mainly focuses on the Inuit and the Aleut whereas other indigenous Arctic peoples are a mere footnote. Nevertheless the authors cover family, religion, hunting, and European influence. Box features give brief information about festivals, people, and events. Plateau Indians follows a similar format, sharing information about agriculture, trade, and games. Fact boxes of note are about taking sweat baths, hunting, and fighting for land. Each volume contains attractive photos, the majority of which are black-and-white, that complement the text. The books are clearly written, and the readable maps and the time lines set the series apart from others. Chapter subtopics are highlighted, but there are no source notes or reference lists. The "Historical Sites and Museums" list and the lists of books and Web sites recommended for further reading will offer a starting point for students doing research on Native America. Reviewer: KaaVonia Hinton-Johnson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816059706
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Series: Native America Series
  • Pages: 124
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     ix
Box Feature: The Study of Paleo-Indians     x
Map: Beringia, 18,000-12,000 Years Ago     xi
Map: Glaciers and Migration Routes, 25,000 Years before Present     xiii
Box Feature: Stone Tools     xv
The Last Arrivals     1
Box Feature: Dating Artifacts     1
25,000 to 5,000 B.C.     2
5000 to 2200 B.C.     3
2200 to 1200 B.C.     3
Box Feature: Physical Attributes of Aleut and Inuit People     4
1200 B.C. to A.D. 600     5
Map: Arctic Cultural Area     6
A.D. 600 to 1800     6
Box Feature: Inuit Metalwork     7
Box Feature: Vikings in Greenland     8
Map: Possible Route of Eric the Red, ca. A.D. 985     9
Families and Tribal Groups     11
Families     11
Box Feature: Life in a Kashim     12
Box Feature: The Creation of the World     15
Communities and Bands     16
Religion     18
Box Feature: Sedna     20
Trade and Cooperation     21
Houses, Clothes, Tools, and Transportation     22
Houses     22
Box Feature: Building an Iglooor Snow-House     25
Clothing     28
Tools and Weapons     31
Transportation     33
Daily Life in the Arctic     37
Winter     38
Religious Ceremonies     38
Box Feature: Bladder Festival (The Feast for Seals' Souls)     39
Winter Hunting     41
Box Feature: Seals     43
Summer     47
Fishing     47
Box Feature: Nanook of the North     49
Summer Hunting     50
Gathering     52
The Summer Fair     53
The Coming of the Europeans     55
Rupert's Land     55
Box Feature: The Northwest Passage     57
The Return of the Vikings     58
Box Feature: European Disease     59
Russians in Alaska     62
Box Feature: Competition for Alaska     63
The Aleut and Inuit in the Nineteenth Century     65
Missionaries     65
Box Feature: Seward's Folly     67
Whaling     69
Box Feature: Blubber, Baleen, and the Bowhead Whale     69
Fur Trade     70
Box Feature: Fur Exchange Rates      72
Commercial Fisheries     73
Gold Rush     75
The Twentieth Century in the Arctic     77
Map: Territory of the Copper Inuit, ca. 1900     78
The Last to Be Contacted     79
The Reindeer Experiment     80
Box Feature: The DEW Line     81
Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA)     82
Box Feature: Tundra Times     84
Hydro-Quebec     86
Inuit Circumpolar Conference     86
Box Feature: Greenland Home Rule     88
Nunavut     88
Map: Nunavut Territory, Canada, April 1, 1999     89
The Arctic Peoples Today     92
Global Warming     93
Box Feature: Sheila Watt-Cloutier (1953- )     96
Oil in the Arctic     97
Box Feature: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)     98
Art and Cultural Renaissance     101
Box Feature: Zacharias Kunuk (1958- )     102
The Future     103
Time Line     104
Historical Sites and Museums     108
Further Reading     113
Index     115
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