Gr 7 Up The first of a proposed 52-volume series, The Nanticoke is a readable, well organized, and well documented study of a little known Indian tribe that settled the Eastern shore of Maryland. The text is interspersed with black-and-white photographs, maps, and charts, as well as some color photographs and art reproductions. Porter relates the history of the tribe's relationship with the federal government, examines the legal status of the tribe, and delves into its heritage and cultural past. As he demonstrates with numerous examples, the history of this tribe after the appearance of the white man is filled with a series of cultural clashes. Trading, hunting, farming, cooking, housing, crafts, and rituals are all examined, as is the history of racial bias and discrimination in educational, religious, and business matters. Porter's study would be of interest to most students of American history, but it should provide special insights for those interested in preserving and understanding an Indian heritage that could easily be lost. This clearly written book will fill a void by providing information on an American Indian tribe and culture that is not readily available elsewhere. Yvonne A. Frey, Peoria Pub . Lib . , Ill.