North American Indians

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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.

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Overview

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.

Provides instructions for making models of things used by indigenous peoples of North America throughout the development of their thousand-year-old civilization.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Two new entries in Thomson Learning's Make It Work! history series vivify cultures that are both anthropologically significant and perennial kid favorites: North American Indians and Ancient Egypt, both by Andrew Haslam and Alexandra Parsons. The abundantly illustrated books include not just text but games and instructions for model-making and period costuming ($18.95 each, 64p, ages 10-14 ISBN 1-56847-137-8; -140-8 Apr.).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568471372
  • Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
  • Publication date: 4/1/1995
  • Series: Make It Work! History Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.92 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Studying Native American Life 4
What can we learn?
Origins 6
Where did they come from?
Clothing 8
What did they wear?
Housing 14
What were their homes like?
Family Life 22
How did they live?
Food 26
What did they eat?
Sports and Leisure 30
How did they entertain themselves?
Artwork 34
What did they make?
Transportation 40
How and why did they travel?
Hunting and Warfare 46
What weapons did they have, and why?
Communication 48
How did they communicate?
Religion 52
What did they believe?
Natural Science 56
What did they know?
Looking Back 58
How do we know?
Post-contact Times 60
Where did they go?
Glossary 62
Index 64
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