Historical Dictionary Of Early North America by Cameron B. WessonHistorical Dictionary Of Early North America by Cameron B. Wesson

Historical Dictionary Of Early North America

byCameron B. Wesson

Hardcover | October 19, 2004

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Those unfamiliar with the prehistory of North America have a general perception of the cultures of the continent that includes Native Americans living in tipis, wearing feathered headdresses and buckskin clothing, and following migratory bison herds on the Great Plains. Although these practices were part of some Native American societies, they do not adequately represent the diversity of cultural practices by the overwhelming majority of Native American peoples. Media misrepresentations shaped by television and movies along with a focus on select regions and periods in the history of the United States have produced an extremely distorted view of the indigenous inhabitants of the continent and their cultures. The indigenous populations of North America created impressive societies, engaged in trade, and had varied economic, social, and religious cultures. Over the past century, archaeological and ethnological research throughout all regions of North America has revealed much about the indigenous peoples of the continent. This book examines the long and complex history of human occupation in North America, covering its distinct culture as well as areas of the Arctic, California, Eastern Woodlands, Great Basin, Great Plains, Northwest Coast, Plateau, Southwest, and Subarctic. Complete with maps, a chronology that spans the history from 11,000 B.C. to A.D. 1850, an introductory essay, more than 700 dictionary entries, and a comprehensive bibliography, this reference is a valuable tool for scholars and students. An appendix of museums that have North American collections and a listing of archaeological sites that allow tours by the public also make this an accessible guide to the interested lay reader and high school student.
Cameron B. Wesson is an associate professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His primary research focus is the political economy of the Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands. He is the director of a long-term archaeological research project investigating the nature of Woodland period and Mississippian perio...
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Title:Historical Dictionary Of Early North AmericaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.72 × 5.96 × 0.89 inPublished:October 19, 2004Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0810850621

ISBN - 13:9780810850620

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Editor's Foreword Part 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 Reader's Note Part 4 Acronyms and Abbreviations Part 5 Maps Part 6 Chronology Part 7 Introduction Part 8 THE DICTIONARY Part 9 Appendix A: Museums with North American Collections Part 10 Appendix B: Major North American Archaeological Sites Available for Public Tours Part 11 Bibliography Part 12 About the Author

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With 700 entries, this dictionary offers an introduction to the cultural diversity of early North America. Wesson...,both because of his specialty and because of the subject matter, gives the material a decidedly archaeological bent, including terms and concepts from the discipline along with entries on different cultural groups, places, and individuals. The scope of his dictionary ranges from the earliest known inhabitants to the late 19th century.