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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
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590841303
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Series: Native American Life Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.68 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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