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Native American Languages

Native American Languages

by Bethanne Kelly Patrick
     
 

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Prior to becoming a "melting pot" of many languages, the continents of North and South America were already home to a variety of Native American tribes, each with its own language. What's more, subsets of tribes often had their own dialects, sometimes making communication between two people nearly impossible, even if they lived near each other. This book discusses

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Prior to becoming a "melting pot" of many languages, the continents of North and South America were already home to a variety of Native American tribes, each with its own language. What's more, subsets of tribes often had their own dialects, sometimes making communication between two people nearly impossible, even if they lived near each other. This book discusses the major Native American languages used by tribes in various regions and how some of their words have been incorporated into the English language today.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Caitlin Augusta
The Native American Life series of fifteen titles provides brief overviews of topics relating to Native American life. Each title contains six chapters on the subject, followed by a chronology, a glossary, and other back matter. It is unfortunate that the publisher did not index the text box material, and the stock photos are not always a perfect fit for the text. Of the three titles reviewed, Native American Sports And Games is the strongest. It is organized by region, and the table of contents clearly indicates that fact. The writing is straightforward, and the author transitions among games and tribes in a logical fashion. (Native American Life) Reviewer: Caitlin Augusta; Ages 11 to 14.
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. Although the book's main focus seems to be the Untied States, some information on Canadian and Latin American Indian languages is included. Inexplicably, a sidebar on the Hawaiian language is included on a page about the Cheyenne. Anthropologist Wes Jernigan found over-generalizations and several errors related to the origins of the word "goose." Also, while a good cultural map is essential, there is no map. This book is probably too inaccurate to be useful. A chronology, glossary, index, bibliography, and Internet resources list are included. 2003, Mason Crest Publishers,
— Gisela Jernigan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781422229729
Publisher:
Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2013
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
1,218,921
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
1200L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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