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Native Americans: A History In Pictures
     

Native Americans: A History In Pictures

by Arlene Hirschfelder, Beverly M. Wright (Foreword by)
 
Combining an extraordinary collection of photographs with an insightful and illuminating narrative by Native American expert Arlene Hirschfelder, this magnificent book casts a fresh light on the history of the Native American.

From the Native people's first contact with European explorers in the early 1500s to the realities of twentieth-century life, every

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Combining an extraordinary collection of photographs with an insightful and illuminating narrative by Native American expert Arlene Hirschfelder, this magnificent book casts a fresh light on the history of the Native American.

From the Native people's first contact with European explorers in the early 1500s to the realities of twentieth-century life, every major event in the history of North America's indigenous people is featured. Each story in this tragic, but always intriguing, episode of world history is placed in its chronological context: from early attempts to assimilate Native Americans with the newly emerging white population and the role of indigenous people in the American Civil War, to the ceaseless struggle to hold on to their homelands and their defined role in contemporary society. Specially commissioned maps clearly show the shifting and diminishing Native territories, while eyewitness accounts from participants in the story add a further poignancy to the narrative.

Native Americans also investigates the economic, social, and spiritual life of the Native people: a traditional Indian childhood, the nineteenth-century boarding schools, religious beliefs and ceremonies, and ways of hunting and farming.

This is a compelling documentary record, which, once opened, is impossible to put down. Front cover: Medicine Man Fool Bull in 1900 holding the shield he carried at the Battle of Little Bighorn.

Arlene Hirschfelder has devoted most of her adult life to understanding the compelling story of Native Americans, a dedication that has won her the respect of Native American people. As well as many magazine articles, Arlene Hirschfelder has written or edited 11 non-fiction books including the award-winning Happily May I Walk: American Indians and Alaska Natives Today, and Rising Voices: The Writings of Young Native Americans. As well as teaching Native histories, Arlene worked for over 20 years with Native Americans at the Association on American Indian Affairs, and, in 1989, was awarded Colorado State University's prestigious Native American Student Service Award. She was a consultant for the US National Museum of the American Indian and for Turner Broadcasting's acclaimed video series, The Native Americans. Arlene lives with her husband in New Jersey.

Beverly M. Wright was one of the founding committee members of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Housing Authority, and has been Chairperson of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head-Aquinnah for the last eight years. She is currently secretary of USET (United South and Eastern Tribes), which represents 22 federally recognized tribes from Maine, New York, and Florida. Ms. Wright is also a member of the NCAI (National Congress of American Indians), the oldest Indian organization in the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760778425
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
04/14/2006
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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