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

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 ...

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"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."

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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….[t]his outstanding two volume set provides an essential and comprehensive coverage."

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The Bookwatch

"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."

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Midwest Book Review/Internet Bookwatch

"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."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275981594
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/2005
  • Series: Native America Series
  • Edition description: 2 Volume Set
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.98 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Volume I

Preface

Introduction

Chapter 1: Early Indigenous North America: An Overview

Chapter 2: Mexico And Mesoamerica: Beginnings to European Contact

Chapter 3: Native America Meets Europe: The Colonial Era

Chapter 4: The Transfer of Political Ideas: Native Confederacies and the Evolution of Democracy

Chapter 5: The European-American Explosion Westward

Volume 2

Introduction

Chapter 6: The Northwest Coast and California

Chapter 7: The Euro-American Frontier Closes in the Great Plains and Southwest

Chapter 8: The Rise of the Vanishing Race: Native American Adaptations to Assimilation

Chapter 9: A Peoples Revival: 1961 to 1990

Chapter 10: Borrowings from Native American Cultures

Chapter 11: Contemporary Issues in Native America

Selected Bibliography

Photo and Artwork Credits

Index

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