A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples

Paperback | October 15, 2000

byBarry M. Pritzker

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Dispelling myths, answering questions, and stimulating thoughtful avenues for further inquiry, this highly absorbing reference provides a wealth of specific information about over 200 North American Indian groups in Canada and the United States. Readers will easily access important historicaland contemporary facts about everything from notable leaders and relations with non-natives to customs, dress, dwellings, weapons, government, and religion. This book is at once exhaustive and captivating, covering myriad aspects of a people spread across a continent. Divided into ten geographic areas for easy reference, this work illustrates each Native American group in careful detail. Listed alphabetically, starting with the tribal name, translation, origin, and definition, each entry includes significant facts about the group's location and population, aswell as impressive accounts of the group's history and culture. Bringing entries up-to-date, Barry Pritzker also presents current information on each group's government, economy, legal status, and land holdings. Whether interpreting the term "tribe" (many traditional Native American groups were nottribes at all but more like extended families) or describing how a Shoshone woman served as a guide on the Lewis and Clark expedition, Pritzker always presents the material in a clear and lively manner. In light of past and ongoing injustices and the momentum of Indian and Inuit self-determination movements, an understanding of Native American cultures as well as their contributions to contemporary society becomes increasingly important. A magnificent resource, this book liberally provides theessential information necessary to better grasp the history and cultures of North American Indians.

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Few volumes offer such a complete look at the native peoples of North America as this brilliant volume by editor Barry M. Pritzer. A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples debunks myths and answers common questions and inspires new directions of thought about our continent’s indigenous people. Descriptions of v...

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Dispelling myths, answering questions, and stimulating thoughtful avenues for further inquiry, this highly absorbing reference provides a wealth of specific information about over 200 North American Indian groups in Canada and the United States. Readers will easily access important historicaland contemporary facts about everything from...

Barry Pritzker is a former teacher of American History and the author of books on Ansel Adams, Matthew Brady, and Edward Curtis. He is also a contributing author for the Dictionary of American Biography and the Atlas of Native American History, both published by Cambridge University Press.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:624 pages, 6.69 × 9.61 × 1.69 inPublished:October 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195138775

ISBN - 13:9780195138771

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Few volumes offer such a complete look at the native peoples of North America as this brilliant volume by editor Barry M. Pritzer. A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples debunks myths and answers common questions and inspires new directions of thought about our continent’s indigenous people. Descriptions of various cultures, groups, tribes and regions will fascinate readers as well as tales of colourful characters, conflicts and religious custom. This highly readable and comprehensive and complex study is a fundamental and primary resource for anyone interested in North American social history and culture.

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"Virtually everything general readers might want to know about American Indian history and culture can be found in this extensive Oxford Encyclopedia, which is arranged by geographic region. Within these divisions are the expected topics, from dress to transportation to diet toreservations."--The Dallas Morning News