The Southwest Indians: Daily Life in the 1500s


Provides an introduction to Native American tribes of the Southwest, including their social structure, homes, clothing, food, and traditions.

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Provides an introduction to Native American tribes of the Southwest, including their social structure, homes, clothing, food, and traditions.

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Children's Literature
Students have the unique opportunity to catch a glimpse of the daily life of early Native American tribes—specifically featuring the seventeen tribes of the Southwest. This easy-to-read book features a research-based design with carefully controlled vocabulary, short sentence structure, and precise photo-text matches to aid comprehension. The text emphasizes the group's dependence on nature for survival. Each family's existence depended on everyday skills structured from cultural tradition and reliance on one another. As inhabitants of plateau and desert terrain, their daily life was shaped by the need to survive: adobe or animal skin homes were built, attire was assembled from the natural environment, and food was gathered from the locale. Leisure time consisted of playing guessing games and running foot races. Each two-page presentation in the "Native American Life" series consists of text facing a black-and-white or colored photo or drawing accompanied by informative captions. Other valuable features included are a map of the tribal areas, a table of contents, a glossary with pronunciation assistance, and an index. Two additional book titles are listed and Fact Hound on the Web dug up four reliable sites, offering extended learning opportunities specific to the southwest tribes. This title not only provides a pathway to essential information but it is great for pleasure reading, too! 2006, Bridgestone Books/Capstone Press, Ages 7 to 10.
—Barbara Troisi
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736843195
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Series: Native American Life: Regional Tribes Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 875,358
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Englar is a freelance writer and a teacher of English and creative writing. She has a master of fine arts degree in writing from Minnesota State University, and has written more than 30 nonfiction books for children. She continues to read and write about the many different cultures of our world in Minnesota.

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