The Encyclopedia of Native American Biography: Six Hundred Life Stories of Important People, from Powhatan to Wilma Mankiller

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The Encyclopedia of Native American Biography examines the lives of diverse Native Americans - writers and warriors, explorers and religious leaders, legislators and athletes, historical and contemporary figures alike - giving readers a privileged look at numerous Native cultures in their own terms and from their own perspectives. Here you'll find familiar names, such as: the famous fighters Geronimo and Tecumseh, the near-mythological Hiawatha and Pocahontas, the explorer Sacajawea, the statesmen Chief Joseph ...
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Overview

The Encyclopedia of Native American Biography examines the lives of diverse Native Americans - writers and warriors, explorers and religious leaders, legislators and athletes, historical and contemporary figures alike - giving readers a privileged look at numerous Native cultures in their own terms and from their own perspectives. Here you'll find familiar names, such as: the famous fighters Geronimo and Tecumseh, the near-mythological Hiawatha and Pocahontas, the explorer Sacajawea, the statesmen Chief Joseph and Powhatan, and contemporary figures Louise Erdrich, Russell Means, and Leonard Peltier. You'll also discover the critically important, fascinating, but little-known figures like Deganawidah, the founder of the Iroquois Confederacy; Cornplanter, an Iroquois leader and close friend of George Washington; Plenty Coups, the Crow leader so revered that when he died, the Crow Council members refused to name another principal chief in his place; and Susan LaFlesche, the first Native American woman doctor who literally worked herself to death for her people. Also included are non-Indians who played important roles in Native American history.
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Library Journal
Johansen (communications and Native American studies, Univ. of Nebraska, Omaha) and Grinde (history and ethnic studies, Univ. of Vermont), a Yamasee, have put together 600 biographies of various Native Americans. Arranged alphabetically and filled with 150 illustrations, their work is reminiscent of previous biographical dictionaries, such as Frederick J. Dockstader's Great North American Indians (1977. o.p.), Carl Waldman's Who Was Who in Native American History (Facts on File, 1989), and Biographical Dictionary of Indians of the Americas (American Indian Pub., 1992). In many instances, the authors refer the reader to Dockstader's book, which is extremely comprehensive in comparison. The authors might have added a few finding aids in order to enhance this reference tool, e.g., an index of names, an index by tribal affiliation, and a chronology. As it is, one is forced to thumb through a given alphabetical section that might contain a desired reference. Nevertheless, Johansen and Grinde's work serves as a nice update to the previously published dictionaries. For instance, while all of the reference works contain an entry for Oshkosh, the son of a Menominee chief, this work lists important current-day Native American figures, such as Louise Erdrich, Wilma Mankiller, and Simon Ortiz, not mentioned in the other works. Recommended for all libraries.-Vicki Leslie Toy Smith, Univ. of Nevada, Reno
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Gr 9 UpThis extensively researched reference book portrays both Native and non-Native Americans who are significant in Native American culture and history. Each easy-to-read entry includes the name, tribe, lifespan dates, a biographical synopsis, and references for further information. Representative examples are Hatie Kauffman, a national correspondent for CBS and of Nez Perce ancestry; 19th-century feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who was not a Native American but who looked to "the Iroquois for their vision of a transformed world"; Geronimo; Chief Joseph; Hiawatha; and Pocahantas. In the entry for George Custer, readers learn that until 1991 Native Americans lacked a monument, which prompted the change in the name from Custer's Battlefield National Monument to Little Bighorn, and they are referred to accounts of the battle by Crazy Horse, Curly, and Red Horse. The index cross reference entries such as wars, tribes, and films. Since Native Americans historically did not use the English calendar system, it is noted that dates are likely to be approximate.Bobbi Thomas Skaggs, Robinson Secondary, Fairfax County, VA
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Ranging from before the European arrival to the present day, profiles such familiar figures as Geronimo, Sitting Bull, and Russell Means, but also less prominent people who have contributed to science, medicine, agriculture, philosophy, architecture, music, and athletics. Also includes non-Indians who have had a big impact on Native Americans. The entries are referenced individually and well cross-referenced. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805032703
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Series: A Henry Holt Reference Book
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 480
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.71 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.54 (d)

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