A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples

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Overview

Dispelling myths, answering questions, and stimulating thoughtful avenues for further inquiry, this highly absorbing reference provides a wealth of specific information about over 200 North American Indian groups in Canada and the United States. Readers will easily access important historical and contemporary facts about everything from notable leaders and relations with non-natives to customs, dress, dwellings, weapons, government, and religion. This book is at once exhaustive and captivating, covering myriad aspects of a people spread across a continent.
Divided into ten geographic areas for easy reference, this work illustrates each Native American group in careful detail. Listed alphabetically, starting with the tribal name, translation, origin, and definition, each entry includes significant facts about the group's location and population, as well as impressive accounts of the group's history and culture. Bringing entries up-to-date, Barry Pritzker also presents current information on each group's government, economy, legal status, and land holdings. Whether interpreting the term "tribe" (many traditional Native American groups were not tribes at all but more like extended families) or describing how a Shoshone woman served as a guide on the Lewis and Clark expedition, Pritzker always presents the material in a clear and lively manner.
In light of past and ongoing injustices and the momentum of Indian and Inuit self-determination movements, an understanding of Native American cultures as well as their contributions to contemporary society becomes increasingly important. A magnificent resource, this book liberally provides the essential information necessary to better grasp the history and cultures of North American Indians.

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This reference provides specific information about all known North American Indian groups. It includes narratives about notable leaders, relations with non-natives, customs, dress, dwellings, weapons, government, and religion. Listed alphabetically, each Native American group is presented in detail, starting with the tribal name, translation, origin, and definition. Each entry presents significant facts about the group's location and population, history, and culture. It also addresses each group's government, economy, legal status, and reservations. A pronunciation guide, maps, a glossary, and illustrations are also featured. Pritzker is a former history teacher, and an author. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195138771
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Series: Native American Studies
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 362,079
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Pritzker is a former teacher of American History and the author of books on Ansel Adams, Matthew Brady, and Edward Curtis. He is also a contributing author for the Dictionary of American Biography and the Atlas of Native American History, both published by Cambridge University Press.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Ch. 1 The Southwest 3
Ch. 2 California 112
Ch. 3 The Northwest Coast 162
Ch. 4 The Great Basin 220
Ch. 5 The Plateau 249
Ch. 6 The Great Plains 291
Ch. 7 The Southeast 359
Ch. 8 The Northeast Woodlands 398
Ch. 9 The Subarctic 482
Ch. 10 The Arctic 519
Glossary 557
Bibliography 561
App. 1 Alaska Native Villages, by Language 565
App. 2 Anca Village Corporations 569
Index 571
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