North American Indiansby Andrew Haslam, Alexandra Parsons
This book is a wonderful introduction to a "nation" that was, before the arrival of European settlers, just as much a "melting pot" as the superpower that has replaced it. From the Arapaho to the Zuni, it incorporated tribes as varied as Navajo and Nootka, Crow and Cree, Pequot and Paiute. Their lives and rich legacy are illustrated through maps, historic photographs, photographic "re-creations", and the moving testimony of famous figures such as Black Elk and George Custer.
Child-friendly photographs of beautifully realized models of many Native American artifacts and dwellings -- ranging from a tepee village of the Plains to an Iroquois longhouse, a Chippewa canoe to a Tlingit dance blanket -- animate the easy-to-read text and give an authentic feel of how it was to be, say, a Mohawk warrior or Comanche mother. Children are shown getting into the spirit of the way of life of the first Americans -- modeling various tribal costumes, including a shaman's, using sign language, playing lacrosse, weaving and dyeing cloth, cooking, and making weapons, musical instruments, and pots.
As the core principle of the award-winning Make it Work! series is "get readers involved", the book features many hugely stimulating practical projects. Requiring only basic craft skills and materials, these aim to re-create life as a Native American, and include building a tepee, making moccasins, a sacred doll, a travois, and a sand painting.
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