This collection brings together the best recent works covering over five hundred years of American Indian history. Organized chronologically, from pre-Columbian America to recent reflections on the legacy of Indian political activism in the 1960s and 1970s, the readings provide useful tools for understanding the dynamic changes within American Indian societies. Each chapter contains one key essay plus primary historical documents that deal with issues of survival, resistance, accommodation, and adaptation, all of which illuminate the complexity and diversity of American Indian experiences. In addition, Nancy Shoemaker's main historiographical introduction to the volume discusses some of the basic terminology and gives a brief overview of American Indian history. Concise introductions to each article and document, as well as further reading lists, make this an excellent resource for students, scholars, and instructors of American Indian history.
"Pairing well-chosen primary sources with the best in contemporary scholarship, Nancy Shoemaker has devised an extraordinary book. Using treaty speeches, government documents, memoirs, and oral history, she matches Native voices with those of colonizers, bureaucrats, and historians. Lively and accessible introductions frame questions of method, evidence, historiography and analysis, making American Indians a compelling classroom book." Philip Deloria, University of Colorado.
Series Editor's Preface.
Part I: Ancient America: .
Article: The Indians' Old World: Native Americans and the Coming
of Europeans: Neal Salisbury.
Nanih Waiya, The Sacred Mound of the Choctaws: H. S.
Legend of Nanih Wayah: Muriel Hazel Wright.
Part II: First Encounters:.
Article: The Anglo-Algonquian Gender Frontier: Kathleen M.
Excerpts from Castaneda's History of the Expedition: Pedro
de Castaneda of Naxera.
Voyages of Samuel de Champlain, 1604-1618: W. L. Grant.
Part III: International Diplomacy and Cultural
Article: Dressing for Success on the Mohawk Frontier: Hendrick,
William Johnson, and the Indian Fashion: Timothy J. Shannon.
Excerpts from the Treaty of Lancaster.
Witham Marshe's Journal of the Treaty Held with the Six Nations
by the Commissioners of Maryland, and Other Provinces, at
Lancaster: Witham Marshe.
Part IV: Cherokee Removal:.
Article: Evidence of Surplus Production in the Cherokee Nation
Prior to Removal: David M. Wishart.
Excerpts from Census Roll, 1835, of the Cherokee Indians East of
Three excerpts from The Cherokee Phoenix.
Part V: Sacred Places:.
Article: The Sacred Black Hills: An Ethnohistorical Review:
Land of the Spotted Eagle: Luther Standing Bear.
The Sixth Grandfather: Black Elk's Teachings Given to John G.
Neihardt: Raymond J. DeMallie.
Part VI: Boarding Schools.
Article: "Hm! White Boy! You Got No Business Here": K. Tsianina
Supplemental Report on Indian Education: Thomas J. Morgan.
Education of the American Indian: Henry Roe Cloud.
Part VII: Red Power: .
Article: Remembering Alcatraz: Twenty-five Years After: Troy
Johnson and Joane Nagel.
Alcatraz, Activism, and Accommodation: Vine Deloria, Jr.
Mankiller: A Chief and Her People: Wilma Mankiller and Michael