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Gr 8 Up- As the title implies, many Americans are still surprisingly misinformed with regard to Native American cultures. This highly accessible and informative book aims to dispel some of the major myths and stereotypes still surrounding Native people in the United States and Canada. By no means claiming to be comprehensive, the straightforward questions were compiled from actual phone calls, emails, letters, and in-person visits to the George Gustav Heye Center in New York, a major branch of the National Museum of the American Indian. The Native American writers who answered them did so concisely with hints of humor and an abundance of research and experience. Approximately 100 questions are arranged by topic, including identity; origins and histories; popular myths; clothing, housing, food, and health; ceremony and ritual, sovereignty; animals and land; language and education; love and marriage; and art, music, dance, and sports. Black-and-white photos appear throughout; many come from historical archives. With an extensive list of further reading, this is a top-notch resource for both people just learning about Native American cultures and those who think they know the facts.-Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public LibraryCopyright 2008 Reed Business Information.