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Children's LiteratureNative Americans have lived along the coast of the northeastern United States for at least 12,000 years. In this book from the "Native Nations of North America" series, readers will be introduced to those tribes who inhabited an area stretching from the Gulf of Saint Lawrence to the Chesapeake Bay. Two-page chapters give basic information about these Indian nations, the village life of tribes and clans, the consequences of the contact with European explorers and colonists, and the tribes that remain today. Frequent sidebars give more detailed information about such topics as snowshoes, toboggans and canoes. Colorful drawings and photographs (most with detailed captions) illustrate every page. The topic covered is far too broad to be addressed in depth in a book of this length and design, but the book does serve as a good introduction to the tribes of this area. At the end of the book, readers will find a brief glossary and an index. 2006, Crabtree Publishing Company, Ages 8 to 12.
—Anita Barnes Lowen