D Is for Drum: A Native American Alphabet

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Did you know that natives of the Northwest used dried sharkskin to sand totem poles? Or that horses were called medicine dogs, because dogs had been used to aid in hunting before horses were introduced by Europeans? In "D is for Drum: A Native America Alphabet," readers will get an A-Z introduction to the many customs and cultures of the first people of this beautiful land. Bison, teepees, Kachinas and dugout canoes will all help to paint a fascinating picture of the more than 500 indigenous tribes inhabiting the...
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Did you know that natives of the Northwest used dried sharkskin to sand totem poles? Or that horses were called medicine dogs, because dogs had been used to aid in hunting before horses were introduced by Europeans? In "D is for Drum: A Native America Alphabet," readers will get an A-Z introduction to the many customs and cultures of the first people of this beautiful land. Bison, teepees, Kachinas and dugout canoes will all help to paint a fascinating picture of the more than 500 indigenous tribes inhabiting the Americas.
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K-Gr 4-This title presents elements of Native American culture, arranged alphabetically. Rhyming text meant to be read aloud is paired with side panels offering more information on each topic. Earth-tone paintings of indigenous Americans in traditional dress accompany each topic. Unfortunately, most of the faces lack individuality and some are oddly distorted. Some topics, such as "Osage Orange Tree," seem to have been selected more out of convenience than logic. The poetry is clunky, and no pronunciation guide is offered. Moreover, listeners may have difficulty differentiating between the many Native cultures if exposed to the rhyming text alone. Some side-panel explanations are confusing, most notably the description of potlatch. Cursory mention is made of modern nations, but the focus is clearly on elements of traditional culture.-Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585362745
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2006
  • Series: Sleeping Bear Alphabets - Culture
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 499,076
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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