Native American Tribalism: Indian Survivals and Renewals

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byDArcy McNickleEditorPeter Iverson

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Contrary to the white man's early expectations, the Indian tribes of North America neither vanished nor assimilated. Despite almost four hundred years of contact with the dominant--and often domineering--Western civilization, Native Americans have maintained their cultural identity, the size,social organization, and frequently the location of their population, and their unique position before the law. Now brought up to date with a new introduction by Peter Iverson, this classic book reviews the history of contact between whites and Indians, explaining how the aboriginal inhabitants ofNorth America have managed to remain an ethnic and cultural enclave within American and Canadian society from colonial times to the present day. The late D'Arcy McNickle--renowned anthropologist and member of the Flathead Tribe of Montana--shows that while Native Americans have always been eager to adopt the knowledge and technology of white society, they carefully adapt these changes to fit into their own culture. He maintains thatby emphasizing tribal self-determination, the federal government can best help Native Americans to modernize and achieve independence even as they preserve their ancient heritage. Iverson's introduction to the new edition discusses McNickle's singular contribution to Native American Studies, andprovides an overview of recent events and scholarship in the field. He has also brought up to date the appendix describing the geographical distribution of the principle tribes in the United States and Canada. With its comprehensive coverage and unique perspective, the new edition of Native American Tribalism is essential reading for those who want to understand the past and present of our first Americans.

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Reviews the history of contact between whites and the aboriginal inhabitants of North America and discusses how Native Americans have maintained their cultural identity

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Contrary to the white man's early expectations, the Indian tribes of North America neither vanished nor assimilated. Despite almost four hundred years of contact with the dominant--and often domineering--Western civilization, Native Americans have maintained their cultural identity, the size,social organization, and frequently the loc...

The late D'Arcy McNickle was author of Wind from an Enemy Sky (1988), Runner in the Sun (1987), and The Surrounded (1978). He was a member of the Smithsonian Institution's editorial advisory board for the revision of the Handbook of North American Indians. Peter Iverson is author of The Navajos (1990), The Plains Indians of the Twen...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.99 × 5.31 × 0.43 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195084225

ISBN - 13:9780195084221

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"A great book!"--Charles Cambridge, University of Colorado at Boulder