Journeys with Florida's Indians

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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 ...

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Overview

"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.

Describes the history and culture of the native peoples of Florida, including the Timucua, Calusa, and Apalachee.

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Editorial Reviews

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813025810
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Series: UPF Young Readers Library Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.26 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures xiii
Preface xvii
Chronology xviii
Introduction: How Is This Book Set Up? 1
The Chase 3
Florida's First People 7
1. Paleo-Indians 9
2. Archaic Indians 13
3. Tenerife's Tales 16
4. Fire Drive 21
5. Mammoth Hunt 26
Historic Native Peoples 31
6. Woodland Indians 33
7. Who Were They? 35
8. Living Near the Water 40
9. Foods and Tools 43
10. Homes and Villages 47
11. The Storm 50
12. The Plan 54
13. Springing the Trap 61
Timucua People 67
14. A Big Misunderstanding 69
15. Chiefs and Beliefs 72
16. Hunting on the Land 74
17. Drawings and Stories 77
18. Fighting for Ashefa 81
19. Deer Hunt 86
20. Capture 90
Calusa People 97
21. Calusa Power 99
22. Native Religions 102
23. Hunting in the Water 104
24. Learning from Archaeology 107
25. Healing Magic 109
26. Slavery 112
27. Shark Hunt 118
28. Escape 124
Apalachee People 129
29. Farmers and Governments 131
30. Games, Trade, and War 133
31. Women's Jobs 135
32. The Council House 137
33. Living Off the Land 140
34. The Challenge 145
35. Meeting the Chief 150
36. Earning a Way Home 155
37. Playing the Ball Game 160
38. Kateema's Baby 167
Europeans 171
39. Who Came to the New World? 173
40. Many Soldiers 176
41. A Changing Way of Life 179
42. An End and a Beginning 183
43. Strangers 187
44. Face to Face 190
45. Friends or Enemies? 197
46. New Treaties 201
Native American Places to Visit 205
Glossary 213
References: Other Books about Florida Indians 221
Index: Where Do I Find the Page About ...? 225
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