North American Indians

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Illustrated in full color, with full-color & black-and-white photographs and maps. Each chapter of this striking survey of Native American life begins in a uniquely appropriate way: with a dramatic, double-page painting showing the dwelling of a particular tribe. From a Zuni adobe pueblo to an Iroquois communal long house, paintings introduce the reader to the book's eight chapters covering the continent's eight regions and offer a comprehensive examination of the lifestyles of North America's native peoples....
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Illustrated in full color, with full-color & black-and-white photographs and maps. Each chapter of this striking survey of Native American life begins in a uniquely appropriate way: with a dramatic, double-page painting showing the dwelling of a particular tribe. From a Zuni adobe pueblo to an Iroquois communal long house, paintings introduce the reader to the book's eight chapters covering the continent's eight regions and offer a comprehensive examination of the lifestyles of North America's native peoples. This splendid reference volume is enhanced by six essays by Native American contributors about their life today—a valuable feature that places the historical material in a contemporary context. A glossary, resource-guide sidebars on such topics as "how to read" a totem pole and the introduction of horses to North America, and over one hundred paintings, color photographs, and maps ensure that this book will rise above all others in bringing to life the world of the American Indian.

Describes the lifestyles of various Native American groups before the arrival of Europeans.

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Gr 5 UpViola presents an overview of Native American societies divided into standard cultural areas of North America. Each chapter opens with a mediocre two-page color painting depicting typical traditional housing and village life. This is followed by a map of the region that shows the prominent tribes found there. A description of the traditional culture of one representative tribe and its type of housing make up the bulk of the chapterthe southeast (Cherokee), southwest (Zuni), west (Chumash), northeast (Iroquois), northwest (Haida), plains (Sioux), subarctic (Athapaskan), and arctic (Inuit). Each chapter has a historical sidebar describing a major event in Indian-white relations, and some conclude with an essay by a contemporary member of that tribe. An illuminating afterword by Gros Ventre historian George P. Horse Capture and a too-brief and poorly executed time line conclude the book. A glossary gives a brief description of each of the tribes mentioned. A thorough index rounds out the text. Full-color illustrations consist of paintings and mostly well-chosen photographs. However, generally factual information is marred by stereotypical phrases and inaccurate statements such as "The Iroquois were very warlike" and "As a result of the Revolution, the Iroquois Confederacy disintegrated."Lisa Mitten, University of Pittsburgh, PA
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  • ISBN-13: 9780517590188
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.79 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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