North American Indians

North American Indians

by Andrew Haslam, Alexandra Parsons


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This book is a wonderful introduction to a "nation" that was, before the arrival of European settlers, just as much a "melting pot" as the superpower that has replaced it. From the Arapaho to the Zuni, it incorporated tribes as varied as Navajo and Nootka, Crow and Cree, Pequot and Paiute. Their lives and rich legacy are illustrated through maps, historic photographs, photographic "re-creations", and the moving testimony of famous figures such as Black Elk and George Custer.

Child-friendly photographs of beautifully realized models of many Native American artifacts and dwellings -- ranging from a tepee village of the Plains to an Iroquois longhouse, a Chippewa canoe to a Tlingit dance blanket -- animate the easy-to-read text and give an authentic feel of how it was to be, say, a Mohawk warrior or Comanche mother. Children are shown getting into the spirit of the way of life of the first Americans -- modeling various tribal costumes, including a shaman's, using sign language, playing lacrosse, weaving and dyeing cloth, cooking, and making weapons, musical instruments, and pots.

As the core principle of the award-winning Make it Work! series is "get readers involved", the book features many hugely stimulating practical projects. Requiring only basic craft skills and materials, these aim to re-create life as a Native American, and include building a tepee, making moccasins, a sacred doll, a travois, and a sand painting.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780716646013
Publisher: World Book, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/01/1998
Series: Make-It-Work! Ser.: History
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 8.87(w) x 10.94(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range: 9 - 14 Years

Table of Contents

Studying Native American Life4
What can we learn?
Where did they come from?
What did they wear?
What were their homes like?
Family Life22
How did they live?
What did they eat?
Sports and Leisure30
How did they entertain themselves?
What did they make?
How and why did they travel?
Hunting and Warfare46
What weapons did they have, and why?
How did they communicate?
What did they believe?
Natural Science56
What did they know?
Looking Back58
How do we know?
Post-contact Times60
Where did they go?

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