North American Indians A Very Short Introduction 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

  • Title: North American Indians: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author: Theda Perdue Michael D. Green
  • ISBN: 9780195307542
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 nomadicWhen 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 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 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.About the Series Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life s most interesting topics Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

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    1. This is a really good introduction to the history of Native Americans in North America (primarly the US, but also Canada and Mexico). It is quite well done. It isn't so much of a cultural history - there are too many tribes for that - but a general history in terms of the area. There are brief general overviews, highlighting tribe types and power structures. I found the passages about language to be very interesting. I did not know, for instance, that Rosetta Stone is working with tribes to pers [...]

    2. If you’re not familiar with the “A Very Short Introduction” series by Oxford University Press, pick up one of them and give yourself a treat.There are almost 300 of them—gotta be something you like in that bunch. I’m working my way through them.North American Indians by Perdue and Green is a serious summary of the lives and legacies of the millions of indigenous peoples who maintained thriving advanced cultures on the North American continent before the European invaders arrived in the [...]

    3. Now I've not looked into this subject very deeply, but this book seem to lay out the foundations I needed to look into further.It's well structured and written in a way you don't get bored!!!Enjoy.

    4. American Indians In The Very Short Introductions SeriesThe books in the Oxford University Press' "Very Short Introductions" series are valuable to readers seeking an introduction to a subject new to them and to readers with a strong background in a subject seeking an informed, brief overview. In reading this particular very short introduction to "North American Indians" (2010), I fall on the latter side of the spectrum. I spent a good part of my life as an attorney in the area of Federal Indian [...]

    5. Review of Theda Perdue's North American Indians:It is a duty, and it isn't a terrible one, for any North American (Canadian, American, or Mexican) settler, immigrant or passing through, to learn and know and understand the history of Indigenous peoples of this land or these lands. The book makes of this particular duty and responsibility a universalisable one (a Kantian categorical imperative) and also one easier to embrace and fulfill in its small-sized tome succinctly indexing a subject matter [...]

    6. My book of the week on Native Americans was one from the Very Short Introduction series from Oxford University Press: North American Indians by Theda Perue and Michael D. Green (August 2010). As is the case with all books in this series, the authors introduced the subject, touching on the history, the various perspectives, and their own take on matters, in less than 150 pages.From my perspective, North American Indians was a wonderful introduction to American Indian issues. A chapter discussed t [...]

    7. This small book is part of a long series of brief surveys or accounts of topics and ideas. It is only 130 pages of small-type text, but it speaks to the history of American Indians and their numerous tribes (nearly 600 and counting) from Clovis to the present day. It even manages to include a summary of a fair amount of contemporary Indian literature. It also includes a number of precise and intelligible maps provided by Rebecca Dobbs, a historical geographer. Unfortunely Maps 6 & 7 are reve [...]

    8. One of the best Very Short Introductions I have read. I love that the authors included many titles for further exploration, but most of all, I appreciate how they address American Indians as heterogenous peoples. Traditions, language, gender roles, political systems, and relationships with the U.S. government not only differ between tribes, but these categories can also differ between the factions within tribes. This is a fascinating look at North American Indians that spans from American Indian [...]

    9. An overview that I worried would be too general as I read the first chapter (which offered broad overview and less specifics), but after the "European invasion" it offered many particulars and was especially helpful in its history of the relationship between native groups and the government and in its recounting of new cultural flowerings. No glory for the government. The authors made some good choices of particular examples to illustrate their general points.

    10. It's a very short introduction to North American Indians. The title's a bit strange though, considering the book rejects the use of the term 'Indians'. Additionally, it should really be 'American' rather than 'North American' as the book only mentions indigenous politics, history or culture outside the US once or twice. Interesting read though.

    11. You just can't pack in the history of North American Indians in a tiny 150+ book and get anything of substance out of it.

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