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North American Indians : A Very Short Introduction - Theda Perdue

North American Indians

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 26th August 2010
ISBN: 9780195307542
Number Of Pages: 160

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When Europeans first arrived in North America, between five and eight million indigenous people were already living there. But how did they come to be here? What were their agricultural, spiritual, and hunting practices? How did their societies evolve and what challenges do they face today?
Eminent historians Theda Perdue and Michael Green begin by describing how nomadic bands of hunter-gatherers followed the bison and woolly mammoth over the Bering land mass between Asia and what is now Alaska between 25,000 and 15,000 years ago, settling throughout North America. They describe hunting practices among different tribes, how some made the gradual transition to more settled, agricultural ways of life, the role of kinship and cooperation in Native societies, their varied burial rites and spiritual practices, and many other features of Native American life. Throughout the book, Perdue and Green stress the great diversity of indigenous peoples in America, who spoke more than 400 different languages before the arrival of Europeans and whose ways of life varied according to the environments they settled in and adapted to so successfully. Most importantly, the authors stress how Native Americans have struggled to maintain their sovereignty--first with European powers and then with the United States--in order to retain their lands, govern themselves, support their people, and pursue practices that have made their lives meaningful.
Going beyond the stereotypes that so often distort our views of Native Americans, this Very Short Introduction offers a historically accurate, deeply engaging, and often inspiring account of the wide array of Native peoples in America.

Contents Preface Chapter 1: Native America Chapter 2: The European Invasion Chapter 3: Indians in the East Chapter 4: Indians in the West Chapter 5: Assimilation and Allotment Chapter 6: Political Sovereignty and Economic Autonomy Chapter 7: Cultural Sovereignty Suggested Readings

ISBN: 9780195307542
ISBN-10: 0195307542
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 26th August 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.4 x 11.5  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.14

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