Native American Testimony: Chronicle Indian White Relations from Prophecy Present 19422000 (rev Edition)

Native American Testimony: Chronicle Indian White Relations from Prophecy Present 19422000 (rev Edition)

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by Peter Nabokov
     
 

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From the author of How the World Moves—the classic collection of more than 500 years of Native American History

In a series of powerful and moving documents, anthropologist Peter Nabokov presents a history of Native American and white relations as seen though Indian eyes and told through Indian voices. Beginning with the Indians' first

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From the author of How the World Moves—the classic collection of more than 500 years of Native American History

In a series of powerful and moving documents, anthropologist Peter Nabokov presents a history of Native American and white relations as seen though Indian eyes and told through Indian voices. Beginning with the Indians' first encounters with European explorers, traders, missionaries, settlers, and soldiers to the challenges confronting Native American culture today, Native American Testimony spans five hundred years of interchange between the two peoples. Drawing from a wide range of sources—traditional narratives, Indian autobiographies, government transcripts, firsthand interviews, and more—Nabokov has assembled a remarkably rich and vivid collection, representing nothing less than an alternate history of North America.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Nabokov achieves what no one has before: the retelling of a half-millennium of history from an Indian viewpoint."—Jerry Mander, The Nation

"A major contribution to documentation of the historical interface bewtween Indian and non-Indian."
-Joseph Epes Brown, author of The Sacred Pipe 

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Anthropologist Nabokov ( Two Leggings ) here reorganizes his impressive 1978 book of the same title and expands it with additional material on relations between Native Americans and whites to cover the reservation period of the mid-1800s to the present. This unique history is told in the voices of the vanquished Indians as they contemplate the whites' invasion of the continent and observe threats to their survival and that of their culture. Using government documents, recorded speeches, newspaper interviews and autobiographies, Nabokov revivifies the words of Sitting Bull, Ely Parker, Tecumseh and others as they speak on such themes as first encounters with Christianity, education in government schools and defiance of the status quo in the 1960s and '70s. Coupled with Nabokov's lucid lead-ins, the testimony recorded here offers a compelling alternative view of U.S. history. Photos not seen by PW. (Dec.)
Library Journal
From the author of the classic Two Leggings: The Making of a Crow Warrior ( LJ 6/15/67), this collection of documents, drawn from North American Indian oral culture and from government transcripts, reservation newspapers, and autobiographies, spans 500 years of interchange between Indians and whites. Based on sound ethnology, with eloquent and informed chapter introductions, it consists of two parts. The first nine chapters were originally published as Native American Testimony: An Anthology of Indian- White Relations; First Encounters to Dispossession (Crowell, 1978). This part begins with prophecies of white people's arrival and chronicles responses to explorers, traders, missionaries, settlers, and government presence. The earlier anthology has been expanded by the addition of a longer second part, ``Reservation to Resurgence,'' in which materials up to the present are included. Here land allotment (the Dawes Act), old ways versus white ways, the Native American Church, patriotism, and ``New Indian Wars'' are observed. Frequent hopeless ness is described: in the words of a Crow elder, ``Our hearts were on the ground.'' In the tradition of Charles Hamilton's Cry of the Thunderbird (1950), this book com plements Wilcomb E. Washburn's huge The American Indian and the United States ( LJ 4/15/74, o.p.); for the effectiveness of many oral transcriptions it may be compared with Virginia Irving Arm strong's I Have Spoken ( LJ 9/15/71). Native American Testimony is highly recommended.-- Margaret W. Norton, Fenwick High Sch., Oak Park, Ill.
School Library Journal
YA-- A collection of primary-source material, grouped by key issues that arose during 500 years of Indian and white encounters in North America. Nabokov uses traditional narratives, old government transcripts, reservation newspapers, and firsthand interviews to highlight this chronological volume. Photographs appear throughout, making Indian history come alive. An extensive source section and index complete this volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140281590
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
271,671
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.38(h) x 1.28(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Peter Nabokov is professor of American Indian Studies and World Arts and Cultures at UCLA. His previous books include A Forest of Time, Native American Testimony, Native American Architecture (with Robert Easton), Indian Running, Two Leggings: The Making of a Crow Warrior, and Architecture of Acoma Pueblo.

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Native American Testimony: Chronicle Indian White Relations from Prophecy Present 1942 2000 (rev Edition) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Bokochan More than 1 year ago
Extremely educational journey through not only native american history, but also the culture of this countries indigenous peoples. I felt as if I was there listening to the old ones relate what was passed down to them. Wonderful journey..........