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Native Peoples of North America (Native America: Yesterday and Today Series)
     

Native Peoples of North America (Native America: Yesterday and Today Series)

by Bruce E. Johansen
 

From the earliest traces of first arrivals to the present, the Native peoples of North America represent a diverse and colorful array of cultures. From Central America to Canada, from recent archaeological discoveries to accounts of current controversies, this comprehensive study uses both traditional story telling and a powerful narrative to bring history to life.

Overview

From the earliest traces of first arrivals to the present, the Native peoples of North America represent a diverse and colorful array of cultures. From Central America to Canada, from recent archaeological discoveries to accounts of current controversies, this comprehensive study uses both traditional story telling and a powerful narrative to bring history to life. Johansen provides a critical narrative of European-American westward expansion through use of Native American voices, including compelling personal sketches of key figures such as: Tecumseh, alliance builder in the Ohio Valley; Chief Joseph the Younger, leader of the Nez Perce long march; and Susette LaFlesche, an Omaha Indian who reported on the Wounded Knee massacre for the Omaha-Herald.

This account provides an uncommonly rich description of the material and intellectual ways in which Native American cultures have influenced the life and institutions of people across the globe, from medicine such as aspirin to foods like corn and squash to democratic ideas. It utilizes portrayals of select incidents, such as the Wounded Knee massacre and the impact of small pox, to reveal deep layers of meaning about the frontier experience in American history. A wide array of contemporary controversies, such as gambling interests, sports mascots, and sovereignty issues, are also included.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Johansen has done an admirable job in producing a thoughtful, though often wrenching, history of the Native peoples of North America from earliest times to the present in an accessible two-volume set designed for high school and university-level Native American studies courses." - Art Book News Annual

"Expertly compiled by Bruce E. Johansen, the definitive two-volume reference work, Native Peoples of North America: A History, is a very highly recommended college-level pick for any academic or community library seeking a strong overview of Native American history and culture….[t]his outstanding two volume set provides an essential and comprehensive coverage." - The Bookwatch

"Johansen's two extensively documented volumes brilliantly succeed in portraying cultures indigenous to North America from their earliest origins to the present….Encompassing not only traditional historical records but also oral histories and biographical sketches, these two volumes will undoubtedly become an integral part of Native American history, an increasingly popular field." - Booklist

"Expertly compiled by Bruce E. Johansen, the definitive two-volume reference work, Native Peoples Of North America: A History, is a very highly recommended college-level pick for any academic or community library seeking a strong overview of Native American history and culture, and joins the prestigious Praeger's Native America: Yesterday and Today series….[t]his outstanding two volume set provides an essential and comprehensive coverage." - Midwest Book Review/Internet Bookwatch

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275981594
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/30/2005
Series:
Native America Series
Edition description:
2 Volume Set
Pages:
536
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.98(d)

What People are Saying About This

Robert W. Venables
"This well-written narrative of peoples, leaders, events, and philosophies engages the reader with evocative descriptions of geographical settings and cultural details. The reader travels through the centuries via a wide range of fascinating information Johansen has culled from many disciplines: history, geography, philosophy, religion, art, literature, architecture, anthropology, legal studies, and environmental studies. Johansen's array of evidence dramatizes the challenges that continually faced Indian cultures, the transformations and frequent destructions of environments, and the continent-wide struggles of all the peoples who lived and died on the frontiers of America."
Kay Marie Porterfield
"A compelling overview that sparks critical thinking about the meaning of the North American frontier and its impact on contemporary society. Filled with recent archaeological findings and vivid accounts of the most telling historical events, Johansen's book provides a richly textured introduction to the history of North American Indians spanning their arrival on the continent to the 21st century."
Four Arrows-a.k.a. Don Trent Jacobs
"Bruce Johansen's volume on the Native Peoples of North America is a living history of contemporary people and as such the reader will constantly feel the connections between what happened 'then' with what is happening 'now.' From a scholarly and insightful assessment of prehistory to a sober yet passionate reflection on contemporary issues, his historical analysis remains unencumbered by the hegemony usually found in American Indian history books."
Dr. Joy Porter
"A serious and accessible history that doesn't shy away from the controversy—this is just what American History needs right now."

Meet the Author

Bruce E. Johansen is Professor of Communications and Native American Studies at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. He is the author or editor of twenty books, the most recent being Enduring Legacies: Native American Treaties and Contemporary Controversies (Praeger, 2004), Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Issues: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood, 2003), The Dirty Dozen: Toxic Chemicals and the Earth's Future (Praeger, 2003), and The Global Warming Desk Reference (Greenwood, 2001).

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