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    Who Was Who in Native American History: Indians and Non-Indians from Early Contacts Through 1900
    by Carl Waldman
    Hardcover (01 June, 1990)
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    Isbn: 0816017972
    Sales Rank: 1369011
    Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Biography/Autobiography    3. Dictionaries    4. General    5. Indians of North America    6. Native Americans - History    7. North America - History    8. Reference   


    The Encyclopedia of Ancient Mesoamerica
    by Margaret R. Bunson, Stephen M. Bunson
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 February, 1996)
    list price: $45.00
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Worthless!
    This book is full of gross misunderstandings and inaccuracies about Mesoamerican Cultures.A single example of the many glaring inaccuracies is the reference to the Chontal of Guerrero as being the same as the MayaChontal.Apparently, when the authors were in doubt about something theyjust made it up.Do not buy or use under any circumstances.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent source of detailed information.
    This is a must for anyone who is interested in ancient mesoamericancultures.It is an alphabetical listing of most terms associated with thecultures of the area.It is easy to read and researching is a pleasure.Iwould highly recommend this book. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0816024022
    Sales Rank: 1476866
    Subjects:  1. Antiquities    2. Dictionaries    3. Dictionaries and encyclopedias    4. History: American    5. Indians of Central America    6. Indians of Mexico    7. Pre-Columbian Archaeology   


    Encyclopedia of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy):
    by Bruce Elliott Johansen, Barbara Alice Mann
    Hardcover (30 May, 2000)
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    Isbn: 0313308802
    Sales Rank: 1392756
    Subjects:  1. Encyclopedias    2. Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies    3. History    4. History - General History    5. History: American    6. Iroquois Indians    7. Native American    8. Native Americans    9. United States - State & Local - General    10. History / United States / General   


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    Encyclopedia of North American Indians : Native American History, Culture, and Life From Paleo-Indians to the Present
    by Frederick E. Hoxie
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (20 November, 1996)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A fine reference.
    I don't know that it is exhaustive; I'm sure that there is information one might want that isn't to be found here, although I can't think of any examples off the top of my head. And I can't vouch for its veracity; I haven't the competence in the subject matter. Certainly, it is a marvellous reference for someone like me, who has little other knowledge of the subject, and wants a place to begin in gaining such knowledge.

    The style of the entries varies considerably, as one might expect of a book that is a collection of entries by various authors; some of them seem very straightforward and mainstream in their approach, others are clearly written by activists seeking to balance centuries of European-oriented history with their own opposite cultural perspective. All are at least reasonably well-written, however, and quite enlightening.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic reference work
    "Encyclopedia of the North American Indians" is probably one of the best reference works of its type for any subject. The entries are clear, concise and highly informative and there are a large number of useful photographs and illustrations. It covers all relevant subject areas connected to the Native Americans: history, literature, culture, customs and language, politics and contemporary issues. By itself it is a highly informative book, yet it also serves as a vehicle for further study of more specific subject matter; in this sense, it is very helpful that all entries include the names of their authors and that biographical information is also provided. The further reading lists are also very helpful. Anyone even remotely interested in Native Americans has to have this valuable resource on his/her bookshelf.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An invaluable reference for Native American studies.
    Over 260 contemporary authorities on North America's original inhabitants and their descendants make this encyclopedia truly worthy of the name. Contributors are themselves from a wide variety of Indian nations. Typical entry titles are "Food and Cuisine", "Jim Thorpe","Origins", "Urban Indians", and "Women".An invaluable reference for any library, or for that matter an individualwho wants to take that first step into researching their own NativeAmerican Roots as did one individual who attention I brought this item to.I have a back ground in Library and information studies with two advancedegrees in that area which I think makes me feel qualified to say thateverything that one wants is not on line and 20 years from now when theworld have become gridlock with electronic noise which is really nothingmore than useless or worse yet incorrect or misleading electronicinformation this could still sitting on your self.One of the things Ilike to do is test drive a reference tool by asking a typical referencequestion which I say with kind of smirk knowing that the only typicalreference question is directional and the answer involves pointing down thehall to the men's or women's rest room. So since I lived for many years inSouth Central Wisconsin I have decided to find more About the Black Hawkwars since the route of the retreat for Chief Black Hawk was through whatwas to become 13 years later the University Of Wisconsin Campus. Since theitem is arranged in dictionary format (With many Illustrations andphotographs, and Maps) I simply turn to page 76-77-78 to a signed articleby Roger Nichols of the University of Arizona. Marktaineshekiakiak1767-1838 (Sauk War Leader and Spokesman): The article is concisely writtenon level which would make it accessible to a high school student but at thesame time useful to a graduate student who might chose to use the articleas an access point to a much wider area of Interest as would be my case dueto my interest in both social economic and military history as in it startswith the individual and moves to the broad social an economic context.Encyclopedia of North American Indians: Native American History, Culture,and Life from Paleo-Indians to the Present in addition supplies multipleaccess points through a general index; cross references, and in many casesfurthers reading lists. Since I have written for number Encyclopedias overthe years I most particularly like the idea of the articles being signedand the contributors being listed. Really a good reference tool works likeThe sighting scope on a large telescope: it bring you into an large And youcan focus with as much detail as the granularity of the data will allow. Ionce wrote a paper on that but that another story. 756 Pages,Appendix, Index Maps, B/W Photographs, Paintings, Drawings.

    Phil Kavney,Reviewer ... Read more

    Isbn: 0395669219
    Sales Rank: 330336
    Subjects:  1. Dictionaries    2. Encyclopedias    3. Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies    4. History    5. History: World    6. Indians of North America    7. Middle East - General    8. Native American    9. Native Americans - History    10. Reference    11. History / Native American   


    Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes (Facts on File Lib of American History)
    by Carl Waldman, Molly Braun
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 October, 1999)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Reference Work
    Excellent presentation of past and present information about the culture groups of native North America, arranged alphabetically and accompanied by a terrific selection of pictures. This reference book is easy enough to read that it works as a children's resource, but it doesn't 'dumb down' or get lost in silly romanticizing. I could recommend this book to anyone with an interest, but particularly for school libraries.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific!!!
    They say this book is designed for older teens or young adults. So how come an old guy like me read it enraptured and learned a lot! This is a very strong and well written book that will give you all the basics about tribal, ethnic and cultural differences, customs and habits. If you are interested in native Americans, but are not yet an expert, this is your book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A complete and easy to use guide
    Ever wondered if there were differences between the Apache and the Navajo, the Cheyenne and the Sioux? Did you know that many of the names we have for tribes were ones used by other tribes or by the white man? Learn what the different native american tribes called themselves, their sacred rites, their style of warfare- even what the tribes are doing today. This is a great tool for the novice since tribes are listed alphabetically, not by classification (such as Southwest, Plains, etc.). The only possible drawback is the generalization of the California Indians. This is a definite must have in any historian's library ... Read more

    Isbn: 0816039631
    Sales Rank: 887180
    Subjects:  1. Encyclopedias    2. Encyclopedias, Juvenile    3. Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies - Tribes    4. History: World    5. Indians of North America    6. Juvenile Nonfiction    7. Native Americans - History    8. People & Places - United States    9. People & Places - United States - Native American    10. Reference    11. Reference - Encyclopedias    12. Sociology   


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    Atlas of the North American Indian
    by Carl Waldman, Molly Braun
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 March, 2000)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Second great book by this author that I've rated 5 stars
    Great maps explained by easy to understand text passages are the hallmarks of this user friendly and highly informative, not to mention interesting, book. I'm very impressed by Carl Waldman's work, which is characterised not by fawning apologias but by respectful insightful investigatory analysis.

    5-0 out of 5 stars well done
    Excellent reference handbook and easy to read. 5 stars.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I love this book! More than just an Atlas!
    They weren't joking when they said this was an exhaustive book, information wise.It's incredible!Not only do you have maps of everything from migrations of tribes to peyote usage, you also have chapter after chapter of the different cultural groups, full of details about daily life, wars, conflicts with the white settlers, etc.

    I use mine for reference--it's an amazing book. Get it! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0816039747
    Sales Rank: 204624
    Subjects:  1. Atlases - General    2. History    3. History - General History    4. History: World    5. Indians of North America    6. Maps    7. Native American    8. Native Americans    9. Native Americans - History    10. United States - General   


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    Timelines of Native American History
    by Carl Waldman, Molly Braun
    Hardcover (01 August, 1994)
    list price: $22.00
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    Isbn: 0671889923
    Sales Rank: 460666
    Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Chronology    3. History    4. History: American    5. Indians of North America    6. American history    7. USA   


    Biographical Dictionary of American Indian History to 1900
    by Carl Waldman
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Library Binding (01 January, 2001)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Provides accurate and informative summaries
    Now in a newly revised and expanded edition, Carl Waldman's Biographical Dictionary Of American Indian History To 1900 provides accurate and informative summaries of more than one thousand men and women of significance to Native American history. Organized alphabetically, these succinct profiles include not only the chiefs and war leaders, but the traders, prophets, religious leaders, statesmen, artists, photographers, medicine men an women, scholars, and educators that have helped to shape and mold the spectrum and variety of Native American cultures. This outstanding edition is enhanced with expanded subject indexes, a bibliography/reading list, and a new general index. Also highly recommended for personal, academic, and community library Native American reference collections are the revised editions of Carl Waldman's early works: Atlas Of The North American Indian and Encyclopedia Of Native American Tribes; as well as his definitive, authoritative linguistic study, Word Dance: The Language Of Native American Culture. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0816042527
    Sales Rank: 1535654
    Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Biography / Autobiography    3. Dictionaries    4. Ethnic Cultures - Native Americans    5. History    6. History: American    7. Indians of North America    8. Native American    9. Native Americans    10. Reference   


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    The Native American Almanac: A Portrait of Native America Today
    by ArleneHirschfelder, Martha Kreipe deMontaƱo
    Paperback (01 December, 1998)
    list price: $14.95 -- our price: $10.17
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    Isbn: 0028630033
    Sales Rank: 1061745
    Subjects:  1. Almanacs    2. Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies    3. General    4. History    5. History - General History    6. Indians of North America    7. Native American    8. Reference    9. Social life and customs    10. Reference works    11. Social Science / General   


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    Indians in Pennsylvania (Anthropological Series (Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission), No 5)
    by Paul A. W. Wallace, William Rohrbeck
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 April, 2000)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars An insightful look at the REAL history of Native Americans.
    Paul A. W. Wallace offers us an unbiased account of the history of the Native American people of Pennsylvania.Each chapter made me want to learn more about the individual tribe that was represented in its pages and inspired me to continue reading. Mr. Wallace does not ever compare the European settlers with the Indians and say that one was more savage than the other. He merely points out that the Native American people were more intelligent than what the history books would have us believe. Paul Wallace introduces us to an innocent culture and guides us through the necessary metamorphosis of a land besieged by "conquerors." If you're interested in the plight of Native Americans, or in the history of Pennsylvania, this book should become the keystone of your library! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0892710179
    Sales Rank: 458652
    Subjects:  1. History    2. History - General History    3. History: American    4. Native American    5. Native Americans - Northeast    6. United States - State & Local - General   


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    500 Nations : An Illustrated History of North American Indians
    by ALVIN M. JR JOSEPHY
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (15 November, 1994)
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    The companion volume to the 1995 popular PBS series of the same name, 500 Nations is a richly illustrated, absorbingly written history of North America's indigenous peoples. Drawing on creation stories, oral history, archaeological evidence, federal documents, and hundreds of published sources, Josephy takes us on an encyclopedic journey through Native America's past and present. Few scholars have Josephy's command of his broad and complex subject, and fewer still write as dexterously. The result: the best one-volume, general-interest study of Native American history now available. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Eye opening experiance
    This book opened my eyes to my heritage as a Native American (Hopi/Zuni). Straightforward writing, beautiful illustrations & wonderful pictures. I liked this book because it is a comprehensive study of the First Nations through prehistoric times to the Great Civilizations on to the time of Columbus and the coming of the Europeans. Finally, to the dissemination & destruction of the Native People's religion & culture. This book delves into an often overlooked period of American history- the Native slave trade. For hundreds of years Native peoples were kidnapped and forced into servitude, either sent to European countries or to European owned plantations in the Caribbean. The average Native died within a year after being captured due to harsh cruelty or European disease for which they had no immunity. European diseases wiped out whole tribal populations. I fully recommend that anyone interested in real American history reads this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful overview
    I love my copy of this book and read it often. It is very informative, sensitive, and beautifully illustrated. You know: this book would make a perfect college graduation or birthday present, because the recipient will dip into it every now and again, enjoyably, for ever.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Nice Introduction to Native American History
    This is a wonderfully illustrated history of the Indian nations of North and Central America, From pre-Columbian times to the present.The text is straight forward and easy to read.The entire book is illustrated with rare and enticing paintings, photos, and drawings which help to recreate a powerful history of an ancient people.500 Nations covers the history of the prehistoric peoples, the arrival of Columbus and the conquest of the New World.It shows how the world of the North American Indians was changed by growing contact with white traders and how, in the end, their world was entirely overwhelmed by the powerful drive of Manifest Destiny.This is definately meant as an introduction to the subject and thus does not delve deeply into the the meat of the matter, but it is still well worth the price for anyone interested in the history of our land and its original inhabitants. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0679429301
    Subjects:  1. History    2. History: American    3. Indians of North America    4. Native American    5. Native Americans - History    6. History / Native American   


    Encyclopedia of Native American Religions: An Introduction (Facts on File Library of American History)
    by Walter R. Echo-Hawk, Arlene Hirschfelder, Paulette Fairbanks Molin
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 December, 1999)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Encyclopedis of Native American Religions
    In a time of considerable misunderstanding, ignorance, and confusion with regard to the historica religions of Native Americans, this book supplies a much-needed resource for information and correction.I teach a course onNative American History and Culture and will use this book a requiredreading for my students.

    It addresses an area of interest to them.Thebook will help the reader not only understand traditional beliefs andpractices but, also, the impact and consequences of contact with Europeansand other groups who were not Native American upon Native Americanreligions.

    This book is a must-read for all serious students of NativeAmerican History and Culture. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0816039496
    Sales Rank: 699596
    Subjects:  1. Encyclopedias    2. Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies    3. Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies - Spirituality    4. Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies - Tribes    5. Indians of North America    6. Native American Anthropology    7. Native American Religions    8. Religion    9. Rites and ceremonies    10. Social Science    11. Sociology   


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    Encyclopedia of Native American Shamanism: Sacred Ceremonies of North America
    by William S. Lyon
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Library Binding (01 January, 1999)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Genuine Anthropology
    So much anthropology is caught up in the detached scientific method.People don't realize that for all its powers, that science has its limitations.Einstein realized that, but many lesser scientists in many fields don't seem to realize that.The author of this volume utilizes science -- to the extent that it works, but he strikes a balance by looking the spiritual aspects of societies from their perspective.

    Native American Shamanism without bias.Extensively researched, with sources noted.Entries include reference to the culture group and/or tribe. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0874369339
    Sales Rank: 510046
    Subjects:  1. Encyclopedias    2. Ethnic & Tribal    3. Ethnic Studies - General    4. Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies - Spirituality    5. Indians of North America    6. Medicine    7. Native American Anthropology    8. Native American Religions    9. Occultism    10. Psychotherapy - General    11. Reference    12. Religion    13. Rites and ceremonies    14. Social Science    15. Sociology   


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    Through indian eyes
    by UnknownUnknown
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (02 April, 1996)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Our greatest shame
    This oversized and lavishly illustrated volume is a readable and sweeping history of the Indian societies that were disrupted and in many cases, destroyed, by the coming of the white man.

    The book begins with an overview of the earliest Americans, those who crossed the land bridge between Siberia and Alaska during the last Ice Age, 12,000 to 30,000 years ago, "possibly much earlier," and, most likely, were responsible for the final extinction of the large mammals - sabre tooth tigers, mammoths, camels, giant beaver.

    Using archaeological finds - temple mounds, burial sights, artifacts - many of them pictured, the editors construct details of long-gone cultures throughout the arctic and North America, from specialized hunters of the sub-arctic to the intriguing Anasazi, who built the elaborate cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon.

    The narrative then moves on to better documented pre-Columbian tribes. Organized by geographic region, the book describes the tribes- some nomadic, some agricultural -giving examples of the foods they ate, the creation legends that were passed down through the generations, trading and warring customs, and technology. Many of these people welcomed the Europeans and the new trading goods they brought, but all learned that "prolonged contact with whites eventually brought terrible disruption."

    Pivotal points in the struggle between natives and newcomers are depicted in brutal detail, from General John Sullivan's "scorched earth" policy against the Seneca during the American Revolution to Tecumsah's short-lived success in winning back lost territory during the War of 1812, to the Custer disaster at Little Bighorn in 1876 and the reprisals that followed.

    The last section deals with modern Indians, "The Reservation Years" (universal citizenship was not granted until 1924), the racism faced by returning veterans after World War I and II, white encroachment on desirable reservation lands, the changing policy of federal Indian bureaus and the rise of Indian militancy culminating in 1973 when Indian protesters occupied Wounded Knee for two months and won national attention to their cause.

    The book ends on an upbeat note, with a discussion of casino gambling that focuses on the money raised for the tribes and skims over the controversies, mentioning factional "bitter controversies," without going into detail.

    While this approach holds true for many issues and incidents raised in the book, there is much here that most Americans know little about, from details of the various battles and callous government policies, to the legends, religious beliefs, medicines, foods and cultural attitudes of various tribes.

    The volume's design is vivid and highly attractive. Photographs and paintings depict battles, trading scenes, ceremonies and landscapes as well as artifacts like pottery, clothing designs, amulets and sculpture. Although there are four to five illustrations on every double page, the illustrations complement rather than overwhelm the text which is readable throughout and filled with day-to-day details which capture the imagination.

    While the subtitle, "The Untold Story," is not strictly accurate (much of this material appears in numerous other books) "Through Indian Eyes" is an attractive and sympathetic addition to a body of history too long ignored.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    Insightful, very helpful.

    I am deeply grateful to the compilers of this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An American Holocaust
    When you read this book, you will finally come to know of the tradegedythat befell our first Americans.Never before have I learned so much ofthe truth, that we were all somewhat aware of,but not really knowledgeable.How could this have happened to a people who existed so many centurieswithout disease, or lack of respect for the land.Not that their liveswere without fault, as we know they did have strife among each tribe attimes, but after contact with the Spaniards and the Europeans, life wasnever the same again.This book shows that after contact every effort wasmade to strip the American Indians of their culture,religion andpossessions, and most precious of all their land, which in the beginning,there was no concept of ownership.The land was a gift that was shared byall to take was was needed to survive and give thanks to the Great Spiritsthat provided it's bounty.We still to this day have not done enough tothank the Native Amerians for their gifts of art, beautiful ledgends andspiritual beliefs.WE DID NOT ASK YOU WHITE MEN TO COME HERE.WE DO NOTWANT YOUR CIVILIZATION--WE WOULD LIVE AS OUR FATHERS DID AND THEIR FATHERSBEFORE THEM.Crazy Horse, Oglala Sioux ... Read more

    Isbn: 089577819X
    Sales Rank: 152074
    Subjects:  1. General    2. History    3. History: American    4. Indians of North America    5. Native American    6. Native Americans - History    7. Sociology   


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    Word Dance: The Language of Native American Culture
    by Carl Waldman, Molly Braun
    Hardcover (01 February, 2002)
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    Isbn: 0735102074
    Sales Rank: 3291802
    Subjects:  1. Dictionaries    2. Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies    3. Foreign Language Study    4. Indians of North America    5. Language    6. Native American Languages    7. Sociology   


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