Native American Festivals and Ceremonies

Native American Festivals and Ceremonies

by Troy Johnson, Jenna Glatzer
     
 

From pre-Columbian times to the present day, Native Americans have enjoyed celebrating holidays and other special occasions. Tribes celebrated festivals and ceremonies throughout the year. These included everything from significant events in a person's life, the changing of the seasons, the arrival of special people or places, and elements of nature. This book

Overview

From pre-Columbian times to the present day, Native Americans have enjoyed celebrating holidays and other special occasions. Tribes celebrated festivals and ceremonies throughout the year. These included everything from significant events in a person's life, the changing of the seasons, the arrival of special people or places, and elements of nature. This book discusses the important festivals and ceremonies celebrated by tribes in specific regions, outlining the form of the festival and how each was celebrated.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This volume is part of the "Native American Life" series, which seeks to dispel common misrepresentations of Native Americans. The senior-consulting editor, Dr. Troy Johnson, describes the goals of the series in an introduction. The use of many inserts, sidebars, color photos and drawings mixed with a moderate amount of text helps give the book an appealing, reader-friendly appearance. Unfortunately, the book's very wide scope of North and South America results in over-generalizations, confusion and even errors. After an introductory chapter, the remaining five chapters cover festivals of the northeast, southeast, southwest and west, Central and South America, and the north. Inexplicably, the chapter titled "Central and South American Festivals" really covers Plains Indian groups and no chapter actually covers Central and South America. The Anishinabe, who live in Canada, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota, are described in the chapter on the northeast as living only in Canada. The same group is mentioned in the chapter on the north, under their alternate name, the Ojibwa. Also, a good cultural map is essential, but there are no maps. This book seems too inaccurate and confusing to be useful. A chronology, glossary, index, bibliography, and Internet resources list are included. 2003, Mason Crest Publishers,
— Gisela Jernigan
Children's Literature - Elizabeth Swartz
Festivals and ceremonies around the world are fascinating, as is the meaning and history behind them. Today, many Native American tribes continue to celebrate some of the same festivals their ancestors did from pre-Columbus times. This book contains beautiful replicas of art work by George Catlin, a famous artist, as well as photographs of authentic masks, medicine bundles, and pipes. The picture credits are extensive and would be helpful to anyone wishing to do further research. The text, while containing many important facts, is disjointed and choppy. While a couple of paragraphs will be about the ceremony of one tribe, the next paragraph might be about a different season or unrelated festival. The chapters lack organizational sectioning that might clarify and strengthen the narrative, reading instead like a collection of slightly related items. The best writing in the book is actually found in the picture captions. Another major concern is the detailed description of violence involved with some of the ceremonies, such as the shooting of arrows into the heart of a young girl captured from another tribe. This book is suggested for readers aged six to fourteen, but this violent information is inappropriate for readers of the early ages. For the older spectrum, there is insufficient bibliographic information as to the source material .This book is not recommended for purchase to be used in schools or public libraries due to its complete lack of primary or secondary sources. Reviewer: Elizabeth Swartz; Ages 6 to 14.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590841235
Publisher:
Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Series:
Native American Life Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
6.66(w) x 9.46(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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