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Title:
Native American almanac : more than 50,000 years of the cultures and histories of indigenous peoples
ISBN:
9781578595075
Physical Description:
xi, 643 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents:
Historical overview of Indian-White relations in the United States -- Northeast -- Southeast -- Midwest -- Northern plains -- Southern plains: Texas and Oklahoma -- The Great Basin and Rocky Mountains -- Southwest -- Pacific Northwest: Washington State and Oregon -- California -- Alaska -- Hawaii -- Urban -- Appendix A: Canada -- -- Appendix B: Mexico -- Appendix C: Caribbean -- Appendix D: Greenland -- Appendix E: Indigenous nations/groups in Native America Almanac -- Appendix F: Indian lands: definitions and explanations -- Appendix G: Indigenized English -- Appendix H: Indigeneity from sea to sea -- Appendix I: Selected indigeneity firsts: people, places, and things -- Appendix J: Native owned and operated museums -- Appendix K: The indigeneity of the Powwow -- Appendix L: Indigenous ancestry affiliation of some notable people.
Summary:
From ancient rock drawings to today's urban living, the Native American Almanac: More than 50,000 Years of the Cultures and Histories of Indigenous Peoples traces the rich heritage of indigenous people. It is a fascinating mix of biography, pre-contact and post-contact history, current events, Tribal Nations' histories, enlightening insights on environmental and land issues, arts, treaties, languages, education, movements, and more. Ten regional chapters, including urban living, cover the narrative history, the communities, land, environment, important figures, and backgrounds of each area's Tribal Nations and peoples. The stories of 345 Tribal Nations, biographies of 400 influential figures in all walks of life, Native American firsts, awards, and statistics are covered. 150 photographs and illustrations bring the text to life.
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From ancient rock drawings to today's urban living, the Native American Almanac: More than 50,000 Years of the Cultures and Histories of Indigenous Peoples traces the rich heritage of indigenous people. It is a fascinating mix of biography, pre-contact and post-contact history, current events, Tribal Nations' histories, enlightening insights on environmental and land issues, arts, treaties, languages, education, movements, and more. Ten regional chapters, including urban living, cover the narrative history, the communities, land, environment, important figures, and backgrounds of each area's Tribal Nations and peoples. The stories of 345 Tribal Nations, biographies of 400 influential figures in all walks of life, Native American firsts, awards, and statistics are covered. 150 photographs and illustrations bring the text to life.

The most complete and affordable single-volume reference work about Native American culture available today, the Native American Almanac is a unique and valuable resource devoted to illustrating, demystifying, and celebrating the moving, sometimes difficult, and often lost history of the indigenous people of America. Capturing the stories and voices of the American Indian of yesterday and today, it provides a range of information on Native American history, society, and culture.


Author Notes

Yvonne Wakim Dennis is an award winning author of non-fiction books for children and adults, many coauthored with Arlene Hirschfelder. Dennis interweaves environmental justice into all she writes and credits her diverse family (Cherokee/Sand Hill/Syrian) for piquing her interest in an inclusive and multicultural world. Although most of her publications have been about Indigenous peoples of the U.S., she has also penned books about the many different cultures of America. She serves as the Education Director for the Children's Cultural Center of Native America and is a board director of Nitchen, Inc. an advocacy organization for Indigenous families in the New York City metro area. In 2014, Dennis received the National Arab American Museum's Best Children's Book of the Year Honor ( A Kid's Guide to Arab American History ), a Sanaka Award and the David Chow Humanitarian Award.

Arlene Hirschfelder is the author or editor of over twenty-five books about Native peoples, including Native Americans: A History in Pictures and The Extraordinary Book of Native American Lists . She and Yvonne Dennis have authored five books together, including the award-winning Children of Native America Today and A Kid's Guide to Native American History . She worked at the Association on American Indian Affairs (a civil rights organization), for over 20 years and has years of experience consulting with publishers, museums, schools, and universities. In addition to being an author, Hirschfelder is series editor of "It Happened to Me," which includes 46 nonfiction books (and still counting) for teen readers and is published by Rowman & Littlefield.

Shannon Rothenberger Flynn has authored lifestyle and design books for Hearst and contributed writing and editorial services to The Native Americans--an Illustrated History , which became a cable network series. She was project editor for the Scholastic Encyclopedia of the North American Indian and served as Native American consultant on books for young readers. Flynn teaches writing at Dutchess Community College and English at Westchester Community College in New York. She also writes and performs stories with the TMI Project in Ulster County, New York, where she lives.


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Booklist Review

The authors forthrightly admit this work is not an unbiased reference source. They support the rights of First Peoples and believe the health of this country is determined by the health of indigenous people. Against this backdrop, the first chapter provides a lengthy overview of Indian-white relations in the U.S. Subsequent chapters address specific geographic areas, such as the Northern Plains or the Southwest, generally introducing the nations of First Peoples living there and chronicling their interactions with Europeans. All conclude with short biographies of selected individuals. The work does not limit itself to the continental U.S. Coverage extends to First Peoples in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Greenland, though it is included as appendixes rather than chapters. Additional appendixes include a bibliography of suggested reading and a listing of geographic locations sacred to nations of First Peoples. This almanac is open to criticism on many fronts, but the temptation to do so needs to be avoided lest the point the work makes be missed. The volume succeeds simply by conveying the legitimacy and distinctiveness of hundreds of nations, their cultures, their languages, and more. Recommended for academic and public libraries.--McConnell, Christopher Copyright 2016 Booklist


Choice Review

Initially intended as an update to Native America: Portrait of the Peoples, by Duane Champagne (1994), who also edited The Native North American Almanac (CH, May'94, 31-4704), this single-volume work contains a preponderance of new material. A well-written, 52-page introduction succinctly covers 500-plus years of prehistory and history, providing context for the entries that form the corpus of the almanac. Treated are such key legal issues and laws as the 1823 "Doctrine of Discovery" and topics ranging from removal, allotment, relocation, termination, and sovereignty to language and cultural resource protection. Entries are organized into broad geographic areas of the continental US, Alaska, and Hawaii and a final chapter on Native urban areas; Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Greenland are covered in appendixes. Chapters often begin with a section titled "A Bird's Eye View" and a historical overview, with sections on "Science and Technology," "Games and Sports," etc. Along with biographies of prominent individuals, it is refreshing to see a chapter on Native Hawaiians and inclusion of indigenous nations from Central and South America. Suggestions for further reading organized by geographic area and more than 100 pages of helpful appendixes (e.g., "Native Owned and Operated Museums") enhance the almanac's usefulness. The detailed index maximizes discoverability. Though there are many reference works relating to Native Americans, one is hard pressed to find a more comprehensive, affordable text written with such understanding and sensitivity to Native American indigeneity--a reflection of the authors' cumulative decades of research and writing and in-depth experience of Native history, culture, and affairs. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels. --Mary Jane M. Cedar Face, Southern Oregon University


Library Journal Review

Originally planned as an update to Duane Champagne's Portrait of a People, this book is mostly new material written by Dennis (education director, Children's Cultural Ctr. of Native America; A Kid's Guide to Arab American History), author and editor Arlene Hirschfelder (with Dennis, Children of Native America Today), and Shannon Rothenberger Flynn (writing, Dutchess Community Coll.; English, Westchester Community Coll.), who has served as a Native -American consultant on books for young readers. -Organized by geographic areas, the chapters contain historical data, as well as social, economic, and political perspectives of the First Peoples. Each of the geographic area chapters includes facts about the peoples living in that region, their lives in relation to overall U.S. history, their languages, treaties with the United States, health, education, literature, arts, and biographies of famous people. The authors state in the introduction that this volume is "not meant to be scholarly work, although it is well researched." While there are suggestions for further reading, there are no in-text citations. There are errors as well (for instance, Abraham Lincoln did not visit Kansas during his presidency, and various dates for Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's expedition are referenced throughout the chapters. VERDICT This volume provides a solid beginning for students as well as general readers with no background in Native American studies.-Patricia Ann Owens, formerly with Illinois Eastern Community Colls., Mt. Carmel © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.