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VOYATracing the migration of Asian peoples 20,000 years ago into the Americas, Aveni describes with many exclamation points how and where six distinct cultures developed. Shelter, clothing, religion, gender roles, and recreation are described for several tribes in each region. Opening with a second-person point of view, the writing gallops along and changes viewpoint and tense several times in an effort that might engage some readers but confuse others. Aveni weaves in information about carbon dating, archaeology, and astronomy, but there is no discussion of the ethics of digging at sacred burial sites, and the photograph of a spirit mask is sacrilegious. No source notes are provided. Instead of a bibliography or further reading, a list of places to visit such as archaeological sites and museums is appended, along with three Web sites listing museum links, including the Multnomah County Library, Oregon, homework help Web site. Photo credits are extensive, and the illustrations are painterly and authentic. A map on the front endpapers does not indicate location for all of the tribes/groups mentioned in the work. A time line on the rear endpapers is excellent. The archaeoastronomist author is not native, although the illustrator is; the book has not been endorsed by any tribe or Native American organization. The work appears free from bias, acknowledges the many contributions of native Peoples to current culture, names historical figures, and corrects longstanding ideas that Native Americans were simple or primitive peoples, while glossing over atrocities such as the fact that one in ten Native Americans were killed by diseases brought by European conquerors. The scope of this book does notagree with the title. Depictions of Native Americans today are completely lacking, and South America and Canada are barely mentioned. This historical overview may be workable for classes focusing solely on the United States, but should be supplemented with titles from the Young Native Americans Today series from Beyond Words Publishing. VOYA CODES: 2Q 3P M J (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2005, Scholastic, 128p.; Index. Photos. Maps. Chronology., Ages 11 to 15.