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From the Heart: Voices of the American Indian
     

From the Heart: Voices of the American Indian

by Lee Miller
 

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Lee Miller retrieves the voices of Indian people over five centuries and weaves them into an alternate history of the continent, while introducing us to the grandeur and diversity of the 500 nations who held this land before the first European set foot on it. Here, collected in one volume, is the testimony of more than 250 Indian civilizations—of the Aztec king

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Lee Miller retrieves the voices of Indian people over five centuries and weaves them into an alternate history of the continent, while introducing us to the grandeur and diversity of the 500 nations who held this land before the first European set foot on it. Here, collected in one volume, is the testimony of more than 250 Indian civilizations—of the Aztec king Moctezuma, the Seminole leader Osceola, Tecumseh, Cochise, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, and Sarah Winnemucca. Through their eyes, we see the shaping events of the past in a radically different light, one that is tragic yet shows courage in the face of adversity.

“Extraordinarily moving. . . . A haunting and eloquent anthology that serves as a testament to the courage and the nobility of Native Americans in the face of physical and spiritual genocide.” —Booklist

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Library Journal
This is a very sad tale (more properly, tales) of the gradual yet relentless persecution of the American Indian by white settlers and adventurers from the first contacts until the late 19th century. To set the record straight ("to destroy the flawed image of the Indian created so long ago"), editor/narrator Miller offers excerpts of speeches and brief statements from both Natives and whites to illustrate their respective attitudes toward each other. Organized into 12 major geographical regions, the stories of white brutality are presented without relief, and the reader is likely to experience various emotional responses, including horror, anger, outrage, and dismay. Documentation, however, is nil. Apart from individual names and tribal affiliation, little is known of the Indians whose voices are raised; nor is any source material cited (or, in some cases, identification made) for the corresponding voices of whites. Recommended for those libraries that strive for comprehensive coverage of the American Indian.-Charles E. Perry, East Central Univ., Ada, Okla.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679768913
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
428
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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