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Children's LiteratureA title in the "American Indian Nations" series, this reference text features the Blackfeet Indians, native peoples who originally called the Great Plains home. Within its five chapters, readers are exposed to the history, customs, government, culture, and daily life of tribal members. In addition to the main text that describes the four nations that make up the Blackfeet Confederacy, the hunting patterns and dependence upon buffalo, family and societal system, and current states of employment and education of the Blackfeet, additional text boxes feature a recipe for pemmican, a description of tepees and quillwork, and stories of Brown Weasel, Frances Densmore, and Earl Old Person. Gibson attempts to portray accurately the life of the Blackfeet, noting, in particular, the effect of interaction with whites upon the tribe. The introduction of guns, smallpox, and buffalo hunters changed forever the lifestyle of the Blackfeet. Black and white and color photographs, maps, illustrations, and photographs supplement the text. Readers see modern tribal members maintaining their culture through drumming, the warrior headdresses that were once hidden when it became illegal to perform traditional ceremonies, and the proud face of a Blackfeet man recording his voice to help preserve his language. For easy reference, the text includes a glossary, suggestions for further reading, places to write and visit, Internet sites, and an index. 2003, Capstone Press, Ages 8 to 12.
— Wendy Glenn