The Native Peoples of North America: A History, Volume 1
From the earliest traces of first arrivals to the present, Native Americans represent a diverse and colorful array of cultures. Covering Central America, the United States, and Canada, and topics as diverse as archaeological discoveries from thousands of years ago and accounts of reservation life today, this study draws on traditional records as well as oral histories and biographical sketches to bring the history of these varied peoples to life. Johansen's account, now available for the first time in one comprehensive volume, tackles the various theories that date Native Americans' first probable appearance, now agreed to be perhaps 30,000 years before Columbus's arrival. Chapters trace the explosion of westward expansion and include personal sketches of some of those famous for native resistance, notably Tecumseh's six-nation alliance. The book also explores the new wave of Native American activism that began in the 1960s, reservation life today, the repatriation of artifacts, and the current and widespread revival of native language studies. Written in a compelling and accessible style, this book not only provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of North American Indians, but also offers an uncommonly rich description of the material and intellectual ways that Native American cultures have influenced the life and institutions of people across the globe. Bruce E. Johansen is Frederick W. Kayser Professor of Communication and Native American Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
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