Native North American Armor, Shields, and Fortifications [NOOK Book]

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From the Chickasaw fighting the Choctaw in the Southeast to the Sioux battling the Cheyenne on the Great Plains, warfare was endemic among the North American Indians when Europeans first arrived on this continent. An impressive array of offensive weaponry and battle tactics gave rise to an equally impressive range of defensive technology. Native Americans constructed very effective armor and shields using wood, bone, and leather. Their fortifications ranged from simple refuges to walled and moated stockades to ...
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Overview

From the Chickasaw fighting the Choctaw in the Southeast to the Sioux battling the Cheyenne on the Great Plains, warfare was endemic among the North American Indians when Europeans first arrived on this continent. An impressive array of offensive weaponry and battle tactics gave rise to an equally impressive range of defensive technology. Native Americans constructed very effective armor and shields using wood, bone, and leather. Their fortifications ranged from simple refuges to walled and moated stockades to multiple stockades linked in strategic defensive networks. In this book, David E. Jones offers the first systematic comparative study of the defensive armor and fortifications of aboriginal Native Americans. Drawing data from ethnohistorical accounts and archaeological evidence, he surveys the use of armor, shields, and fortifications both before European contact and during the historic period by American Indians from the Southeast to the Northwest Coast, from the Northeast Woodlands to the desert Southwest, and from the Sub-Arctic to the Great Plains. Jones also demonstrates the sociocultural factors that affected warfare and shaped the development of different types of armor and fortifications. Extensive eyewitness descriptions of warfare, armor, and fortifications, as well as photos and sketches of Indian armor from museum collections, add a visual dimension to the text.
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Editorial Reviews

Military History of the West - Mark R. Ellis
This succinct book is well written and systematically organized and it will serve as the starting point for any future studies on the subject.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292779709
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

DAVID E. JONES is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 People of the Rivers: The Prairie Culture Area 1
Ch. 2 Standing Fights and Poison Arrows: The California Culture Area 14
Ch. 3 The Horse Warriors: The High Plains Culture Area 27
Ch. 4 The Castle Builders: The Northeast Culture Area 47
Ch. 5 The Importance of Influential Neighbors: The Plateau/Basin Culture Area 64
Ch. 6 Warriors with Glittering Shields: The Southwest Culture Area 73
Ch. 7 Land of the Cold Snow Forests: The Subarctic Culture Area 88
Ch. 8 The Salmon Kings: The Northwest Coast Culture Area 95
Ch. 9 The Strongbows: The Southeast Culture Area 118
Ch. 10 Home of the North Wind: The North Pacific Culture Area 145
Conclusion 159
Bibliography 165
Index 183
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