The New York Public Library Amazing Native American History: A Book of Answers for Kids

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Discover how a game of lacrosse led to a victory for the Ojibwa tribe against the British, find out why the Menominees are called the wild rice people, and meet some of the great heroes of Native America, from Sequoyah and Sitting Bull to Pocahontas. Enjoy the holidays, foods, dances, and stories of these diverse peoples and find the answers to all your questions about Native...

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Discover how a game of lacrosse led to a victory for the Ojibwa tribe against the British, find out why the Menominees are called the wild rice people, and meet some of the great heroes of Native America, from Sequoyah and Sitting Bull to Pocahontas. Enjoy the holidays, foods, dances, and stories of these diverse peoples and find the answers to all your questions about Native American history....

Why did the Mound Builders build mounds? See page 14.

What was the Trail of Tears? See page 59.

Why didn't Montezuma attack Cortes' men? See page 27.

Who were the Navajo Code Talkers? See page 94.

What was the Alcatraz takeover? See page 107.

What was the Iroquois confederacy? See page 33.

Did all Inuit live in igloos? See page 131.

What were the Mayans' greatest scientific achievements? See page 21.

Questions and answers present information on the history and culture of various Native American tribes.

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Gr 6-8-Rather than a comprehensive study, this book addresses frequently asked questions about Native cultures. Chapters divide the various groups into geographical regions and the queries, different for each area, consider housing, language, famous people, and more. Readers will learn about Mesoamerican cultures, the Ghost Dance Ceremony, the Navajo Code Talkers, Native American life today, and other topics. Insets highlight items of special interest. Relevant facts are featured in bold in the wide margins. The final chapter, "Native Americans Today," provides some interesting contrasts and ideas. The format will appeal to many readers and will serve teachers well for quick facts and discussion points. Average-quality, black-and-white photographs and reproductions illustrate the text. This appealing exploration of cultures should spur interest in the subject.-Mary B. McCarthy, ACLIN/Colorado State Library, Denver Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Meet the Author

LIZ SONNEBORN is the author of many books on Native American history.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
A Note on the Use of Names 3
The First American Indians 5
American Indians of Mesoamerica 17
American Indians of the Northeast 29
American Indians of the Southeast 51
American Indians of the Plains 65
American Indians of the Southwest 83
American Indians of California 97
American Indians of the Northwest 109
Natives of the Subarctic and Arctic 125
Natives Americans Today 139
Glossary 153
Selected Bibliography 156
The New York Public Library's Recommended Reading List 158
Index 160
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