Rise and Fall of North America's Indians: From Prehistory through Geronimo

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Who were the first settlers in North America? Where did they come from? How did they survive? In this expansive one-volume account of the native peoples of North America, eminent historian William Brandon—who devoted much of his life to examining this subject—presents this revelatory history of the development and culture of the native peoples of North America, from their incipience through the late nineteenth century. From the Valley of Mexico to the Bering Straight, a multitude of diverse cultures settled and ...

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Overview

Who were the first settlers in North America? Where did they come from? How did they survive? In this expansive one-volume account of the native peoples of North America, eminent historian William Brandon—who devoted much of his life to examining this subject—presents this revelatory history of the development and culture of the native peoples of North America, from their incipience through the late nineteenth century. From the Valley of Mexico to the Bering Straight, a multitude of diverse cultures settled and created art, healing medicines, and an agriculture that brought us maize, potatoes, chilies, avocado, and tobacco. Among those from central America were the art-obsessed Mayans and Olmecs; from North America came the Ojibwa, Powhatan, Cree, Illinois, Apache, Cherokee, Natchez, Sioux, and many others. In The Rise and Fall of North America's Indians, Brandon brings this world to life and chronicles 10,000 years of Indian history.

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Editorial Reviews

Springs Independent Colorado Springs Gazette
One of the more well rounded history books on the North American Indians. The book is objective and pays great attention to detail.
American History - Brian John Murphy
An eloquent and exhaustive chronicle of the history of North America's peoples.
Midwest Book Review
The Rise and Fall of North American Indians: From Prehistory Through Geronimo provides a scholarly account tracing the history of Native Americans from their Stone Age roots through their rise and fall to today's world. It's a sweeping and impassioned survey that tells the stories of all kinds of tribes, their encounters with white people, and the evolution of Indian-White relations that would become the blueprint for the eventual near-extinction of not just tribes, but an entire culture. Tribes chronicled here range from Mayans and Olmecs to Cree and Apache and beyond, and offers a definitive survey of the extent of tribal relationships and struggles in North America. Any collection looking for such an in-depth survey will find this reference a 'must have' addition.
Library Journal
In this posthumously published work, historian Brandon (1914-2002; The American Heritage Book of Indians) presents a sweeping epic history of the Indians of the Americas from prehistory through European contact and subsequent subjugation. A more inclusive title would have better reflected the true scope of the book, as Brandon pays a good deal of attention to the Native peoples of Mesoamerica and South America in his opening pages while reserving his primary coverage of most North American groups for the latter part of the book. Most chapters provide broad coverage of the history of the native inhabitants of specific regions, while others, interspersed occasionally, present perceptive historical analyses of Old World and New World relationships and explore the influence that each had upon the other. The information is presented mainly from a historical, rather than an anthropological, perspective, although evidence from archaeological sources is sometimes given, as is primary-source material from various archives in Spain, France, and England. Overall, this is a fine effort, rich in detail, that provides an objective but telling history of European-Native American interactions over several centuries. Valuable for academic libraries. [Both public and academic libraries will also want to see Jake Page's In the Hands of the Great Spirit: The 20,000-Year History of American Indians.-Ed.]-Elizabeth Salt, Otterbein Coll. Lib., Westerville, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589790360
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/15/2003
  • Pages: 616
  • Sales rank: 1,533,178
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Noted historian William Brandon(1914-2002) was the author of The American Heritage Book of Indians, The Last Americans: The Indian in American Culture, and The Magic World: American Indian Songs and Poems.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 The Dawntime 3
2 In the Footsteps of the Ancients 19
3 Art and Numbers 25
4 Under the Wheel of Time 31
5 Turmoil and Temples in Central Mexico 43
6 From the Toltecs to the Incas 51
7 Empires of the Sun 71
8 When Worlds Collide 83
9 Through the Lookinglass I 101
10 March of the Metal Men 110
11 The Plumed Serpent 118
12 Cornfield and Kiva 128
13 Blood, Gold, and Souls 147
14 Through the Lookinglass II 167
15 Serpent Mound to Tattooed Serpent 185
16 People of the Forest 202
17 Puritans and Indians 218
18 European Cannon Meet Longhouse Diplomacy 236
19 Muskets across the Mountains 254
20 The Road Not Taken 275
21 Along the Trail of Tears 290
22 A Man for All "Seasons 318
23 Death and Dispossession in the Heartland 331
24 Through the Lookinglass III 339
25 Under the Northern Lights 354
26 Golden Hills, Crimson Blood 378
27 From Sacajawea to Chief Joseph 395
28 Buffalo Indians and Pony Soldiers 412
29 The Last Stronghold 446
30 Through the Lookinglass IV 478
Epilogue 489
Notes 491
Index 575
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