Native North America

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With abundant photographs, more than 160 in color, Native North America illustrates tribal life, sacred arenas, spiritual traditions, and artifacts of the indigenous people of North America, from the Inuit of the Canadian north to the Navajo of the American southwest.

Beginning with a brief history of Native Americans, Larry Zimmerman and Brian Molyneaux explore individual culture areas, region by region. They discuss Native American spiritual observances, including personal and...

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Overview

With abundant photographs, more than 160 in color, Native North America illustrates tribal life, sacred arenas, spiritual traditions, and artifacts of the indigenous people of North America, from the Inuit of the Canadian north to the Navajo of the American southwest.

Beginning with a brief history of Native Americans, Larry Zimmerman and Brian Molyneaux explore individual culture areas, region by region. They discuss Native American spiritual observances, including personal and communal rituals, initiation rites, and curing ceremonies. Through descriptions of the powwow, rites of passage, plant rituals, oral storytelling, dreams, the ghost dance, and the drum, the authors provide a sensitive introduction to Native American spiritual traditions and examine issues that face Native Americans today.

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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
Libraries without Native American collections, looking for a popular overview of Native American history and culture, will be delighted to find this trade paperback on the market. Designed almost entirely in color and printed on heavy paper, the book is done in a style reminiscent of Time-Life theme sets. Often, the print appears on colored backgrounds, and the pages teem with short essays, paragraphs, informative captions, and colored pictures (historical photos are b/w). The authors begin by tracing the general history of Native Americans, noting the period of their arrival in North America, how they identified themselves, and where they settled. They recount the agonizing story of Indian displacement by Europeans and their settlement on reservations. The authors move on to matters symbolic, artistic, linguistic, and spiritual. A substantial portion of the book, titled "The Life of the Spirit," which describes religious beliefs, sacred objects, customs and rituals, will probably be of greatest interest to readers. The authors go on to talk about current life among the Indians, their artistic and cultural conventions, and their efforts to reclaim an identity that has been lost as they have become part of the modern world. There are essays on powwows, tourism, land issues, languages, population patterns, social organization, casinos, and the making of traditional crafts for sale. There is no effort to capture the voice of Indian persons, just to inform, but this the book does quite well. The University of Oklahoma Press should be congratulated on its efforts to make material about Native Americans available to such a wide audience. While this book is basically designed to inform thegeneral public, other books published recently encompass biography and personal and political histories. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1996, University of Oklahoma Press, 184p, illus, maps, bibliog, index, 21cm, $12.95. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Edna M. Boardman; Former Lib. Media Spec., Magic City Campus, Minot, ND January 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 1)
Library Journal
Zimmerman, chair of the American Indian and Native Studies Program at the University of Iowa and author of Peoples of Prehistoric South Dakota, and Molyneaux, director of the University of South Dakota Archaeology Laboratory and author of The Sacred Earth, have written a thorough introduction to the Indians of North America. Similar to Sherman's The First Americans (Smithmark, 1996. o.p.), this title covers the history of the Native Americans and their spiritual traditions and rituals, but it doesn't overlook the importance of current issues. Heavily illustrated with 165 color plates and containing high-quality maps and a glossary, this inexpensive volume provides an excellent overview of a topic that is covered in much greater detail in the Smithsonian Institution's multivolume Handbook of North American Indians. Highly recommended for public libraries.--John McCormick, New Hampshire State Lib., Concord Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
From The Critics
Larry Zimmerman and Brian Molyneaux successfully collaborate in Native North America to illustrate tribal life, sacred arenas, spiritual traditions, and artifacts of the indigenous peoples of North America, from the Inuit of the Canadian north to the Navajo of the American southwest. After a brief introductory history of Native Americans, individual aboriginal cultures are explored, region by region. The informative surveys include Native American spiritual observances, personal and communal rituals, initiation rites, and curing ceremonies. The reader is provided informative descriptions of the powwow, rites of passage, planting rituals, oral storytelling, dreams, the ghost dance, and the drum. Of special note is an examination of issues facing Native Americans today. A very highly recommended title for students of Native American studies and history, Native North America is vividly illustrated with more than 160 color photographs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806132860
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 696,503
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.14 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry J. Zimmerman is Chair of the American Indian and Native Studies Program at the University of Iowa. He is author of Peoples of Prehistoric South Dakota and coeditor of Indians and Anthropologists: Vine Deloria, Jr. and the Critique of Anthropology and South Dakota Leaders.

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Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Introduction
The First American Peoples
Dispossession
Lands and Peoples
The Life of the Spirit
Sacred History
The Survival of the Sacred
To the Seventh Generation
Documentary Reference
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
Picture credits

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    EDUCATIONAL!

    VERY EDUCATIONAL AND PROVIDES A MUCH BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE LIVES AND HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN. I NOW HAVE A MUCH DIFFERENT OUTLOOK AND GREAT RESPECT FOR THESE GREAT PEOPLE!

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

    very historical and intriguing

    The book covers the life and culture of the North American people. It had many historical facts and figures. This book has many points of the Native American culture, including 6 unique sites with historical overviews on each site. The chapters of the book include dispossession, identity and religion. Overall this is a good book for people interested in the Native American culture and history.

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  • Posted August 3, 2009

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    a must read

    this book covers a variety of topics in regards to american indian culture, heritage, ceremonies, history, and the future of the native american peoples. it is just the kind of book that i was looking for. it makes a great reference book when you need to do research.

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