Journeys with Florida's Indians

Journeys with Florida's Indians

by Kelley G. Weitzel
     
 

"A marvelous account of Florida’s Indians for young readers."--Jerald T. Milanich, Florida Museum of Natural History

Journeys with Florida’s Indians launches readers in grades 4 through 8 on an adventure into Florida's past. Young readers will meet the Paleoindians and learn about their arrival in the Americas, then join a boy on his

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"A marvelous account of Florida’s Indians for young readers."--Jerald T. Milanich, Florida Museum of Natural History

Journeys with Florida’s Indians launches readers in grades 4 through 8 on an adventure into Florida's past. Young readers will meet the Paleoindians and learn about their arrival in the Americas, then join a boy on his first mammoth hunt as he escapes stampedes and the flames of a fire drive. Next, readers move forward in time to meet Spanish explorers, the Timucua, the Calusa, and the Apalachee Indians–first through fact, then through fiction. They'll attend the first meeting between French explorers and the Timucua and learn how Europeans impacted Florida's Indians. Alternating factual chapters are filled with maps, historical engravings, and modern illustrations. Fictional chapters are narrated by Tenerife, a fictional Timucua Indian kidnapped by the Spanish as a child, whose tales about Florida's native cultures reflect his own escape and adventures on his journey home.

Weitzel's book fills several basic needs for Florida's young readers and educators. It is a valuable tool for school libraries serving students in state history classes at both upper elementary and middle school levels. It highlights native cultures in northeast, northwest, and south Florida, making it appropriate for public libraries, national parks, and bookstores throughout the state. Although there are multiple books on the Seminoles, this text is the only one for young readers on Florida’s many historic and prehistoric cultures. Fiction and fact are combined in an engaging introduction with solid, up-to-date history--in effect, two books in a single economical package.
 
 Combining accessible archaeology and history, compelling fiction, and more than 50 illustrations, Journeys with Florida’s Indians will appeal to all young Florida readers and the teachers and librarians who work with them.

Kelley Weitzel is senior preserve naturalist at the Pelotes Island Nature Preserve. Her previous book The Timucua Indians – A Native American Detective Story (UPF, 2000) received the Florida Historical Society’s Charlton Tebeau Book Award for the best general interest/youth oriented book on Florida history.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
A brilliantly imaginative braiding of fiction and fact places this book at the top of any list must-read lists on Native Americans of Florida, for elementary and middle-school students. The captivating adventures in history are narrated by Tenerife, a fictional Timucua Indian, detailing his capture by Spaniards and his dramatic escapades. Stories lie within stories as the grown Tenerife mesmerizes another generation around a campfire, sitting in the smoke and chewing on the garlic buds to ward off the pesky nighttime gnats of Florida. Dividing his culture-rich tales of friendship, danger and exploration are chapters on the history of the nomadic tribes of Paleo-Indians, from their entrance into the Americas, through skirmishes with the Spanish, to treaties with the French. The nonfiction chapters, full of beautifully crafted writing and an easy flow of information, capture imagination nearly as powerfully as the stories of Tenerife. A trove for history buffs, a road map for Florida arrowhead hunters, and a tender treatment for a frequently misunderstood portion of Florida's past. 2002, University Press of Florida,
— Deborah Zink Roffino

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813025810
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Series:
UPF Young Readers Library Series
Edition description:
First
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.26(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.84(d)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

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