500 Nations: An Illustrated History of North American Indians

500 Nations: An Illustrated History of North American Indians


By (author) Jr Alvin M. Josephy

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  • Publisher: Hutchinson
  • Format: Hardback | 460 pages
  • Dimensions: 236mm x 280mm x 42mm | 2,259g
  • Publication date: 16 March 1995
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0091791480
  • ISBN 13: 9780091791483
  • Illustrations note: 500 colour and b&w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,326,607

Product description

In the smoke and agony of the massacre at Wounded Knee, on 29 December 1890, the last hope of freedom died among the Indian nations of North America. This is the story of those nations and tribes, their leaders, customs, political systems, and their long battle against the European invasion.

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Editorial reviews

When Columbus, searching for India, arrived on the American continent he mistakenly named the natives 'Indians'. The devastating effect of the conquest on a noble people who called themselves ninuog (human beings) is still being assessed; it is only relatively recently that the whole situation has been documented from the Native Americans point of view. Their political and social systems were highly developed, their religion and culture rich and diverse. The remarkable nature of their resistance to the constant barrage of racial abuse and physical violence at the hands of the invaders is astounding in itself. Sourced from old documents, and accounts passed down through generations orally, and marvellously illustrated with over 485 pictures, this is a comprehensive and scholarly historical celebration of them, from pre-Colombian times to the end of the 19th century, interspersed with moving testimonials from contemporary Native Americans. (Kirkus UK)