Plateau Indians

Plateau Indians

by Craig A. Doherty, Katherine M. Doherty
     
 
American Indian peoples live and have lived for millennia throughout the Americas. Many people think of Indians solely in the past tense, as part of history. While these groups have a long and interesting history, their contributions to American society have continued through the 20th century and into the 21st century.

Plateau Indians documents the lives of the

Overview

American Indian peoples live and have lived for millennia throughout the Americas. Many people think of Indians solely in the past tense, as part of history. While these groups have a long and interesting history, their contributions to American society have continued through the 20th century and into the 21st century.

Plateau Indians documents the lives of the people of this area-from their earliest history in North America and first contact with Europeans to their current achievements and struggles. Coverage includes the organization of the family, the historical importance of salmon fishing, spiritual practices, Sacajawea and the Lewis and Clark expedition, battles against Termination in the 20th century, current conditions for American Indians in the Plateau culture area, and much more. This essential volume provides students with useful information on these Native American groups.

Maps help illustrate the geography and important places of the culture area. Photographs and illustrations depict the people, animals, places, and events that were and are an essential part of the Plateau. Back matter includes a time line, a list of museums and sites, a further reading list, and an index.

About the Author:
Craig A. Doherty holds a B.A. in English and history from the University of Massachusetts and studied education at the graduate level at the University of New Mexico

About the Author:
Katherine M. Doherty holds a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in history from the University of New Mexico and an M.S. in library science from Simmons College

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - KaaVonia Hinton-Johnson
This ten-volume series covers the lives and contributions of Native Americans, including California Indians and Subarctic Peoples. The series shares the origin of each group, how the group survived over hundreds of years and often long and dangerous migrations, and day-to-day tasks such as working, playing, and worshipping a higher being. Readers will probably think of their own traditions and family responsibilities as they read about the ones explained in the books. The best part of the series is its conscious effort to describe the historical and contemporary contributions Native Americans have made, but the sections that talk about the latter are brief. Arctic Peoples mainly focuses on the Inuit and the Aleut whereas other indigenous Arctic peoples are a mere footnote. Nevertheless the authors cover family, religion, hunting, and European influence. Box features give brief information about festivals, people, and events. Plateau Indians follows a similar format, sharing information about agriculture, trade, and games. Fact boxes of note are about taking sweat baths, hunting, and fighting for land. Each volume contains attractive photos, the majority of which are black-and-white, that complement the text. The books are clearly written, and the readable maps and the time lines set the series apart from others. Chapter subtopics are highlighted, but there are no source notes or reference lists. The "Historical Sites and Museums" list and the lists of books and Web sites recommended for further reading will offer a starting point for students doing research on Native America. Reviewer: KaaVonia Hinton-Johnson
Children's Literature - Patrick Hunter
Covering the lengthy period from the Stone Age to today, this book offers a thorough history of Native Americans of the Northwest Plateau of the United States. The authors introduce to the popular theory of human migration from Asia to North America across the Bering Strait Land Bridge. From there, they identify three periods of the Stone Age and detail the development of the Plateau Indians during these times. Each successive period brought changes to the climate which allowed people to settle in more permanent homes. Then we learn about the life and habits of the Plateau Indians, including their seasonal rounds, their tribal makeup and the importance of fishing and salmon. Excellent, informative photos and maps appear throughout the book, including eight pages of color plates in the center of the book. Most of the photos are from the early 20th century. These provide a genuine look at the real people of the Plateau, as opposed to the imagined look so often presented in paintings or illustrations. Where the book falls flat is in its repetition of facts about the Plateau Indians life without the inclusion of new information or additional detail. This happens most frequently with the topic of food. Readers are informed in at least three different sections that the Plateau diet consisted of fish, roots and game, but no successive details or enhancements are provided. The authors fail to provide further details for several statements which warrant clarification. For example, they mention the purchase of a basketball team by the Yakama Tribe and state that the arrangement angered some tribal members, but no reason for their anger is given. Overall, the book is a better introduction toNative Americans that most other works, but this is due to the range of periods covered and the aforementioned illustrations and photographs. Reviewer: Patrick Hunter

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816059713
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/28/2008
Series:
Native America Series
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
0.80(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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