Giant Book of Native Americansby John E. Lewis
The history of the Native American peoples is incredibly rich and diverse. Everyone knows the legend of the nomadic Plains Indians - but what about the stone cities of the ancient Anasazi? Or the democratic Confederacy of the Iroquois? Behind the terrible story of genocide lies a lost way of life. This complete history takes a fresh view of Native American customs, religions, peoples, and societies: the land-based spirituality of the early creation myths, the eighty-eight uses the Sioux made of the bones and flesh of buffalo, the custom of berdache (men adopted as women), and the recent rise of Indian Pride.
The story is one of extraordinary complexity and depth. We are shown both the appalling ravages visited upon the Native Americans by wars and disease brought over by the white settlers, and the darker side of their own culture that led to cannibalism in some tribes, and the near-extinction of the North American buffalo. The story continues to the present day, when modern Native Americans have been forced to adapt to the new world - with some remarkable results.
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