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    DescriptionNative Americans make up less than one per cent of the total US population but represent half the nation's languages and cultures. Here, in one grand sweep, is the full story of Native American society, culture and religion. Here is everything from the land-based spirituality of their early creation myths and the late rise of Indian Pride, to the 88 uses to which the Sioux put the flesh and bones of the buffalo and the practice of berdache (men adopted as women). The book offers a chronological history of America's indigenous peoples. It covers their dramatic early entry into North America, out of the now submerged continent of Beringia, then in more recent times the 'forgotten wars' of the 16th and 17th centuries, which wiped many tribes from the face of the East Coast, and finally describes to the last struggles of the Cheyenne and the Comanche. Celebrating these peoples' way of life rather than focusing narrowly on the manner of their genocide, it does not ignore uncomfortable facts of the Amerindian past - including the cannibalism believed to have been practised by some tribes and the Native Americans' part in the decimation of North America's buffalo herds.


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    Title
    The Mammoth Book of Native Americans
    Subtitle
    The Story of America's Original Inhabitants in All Its Beauty, Magic, Truth and Tragedy
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Jon E. Lewis
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 512
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 420 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781841195933
    ISBN 10: 1841195936
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJK
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    BIC subject category V2: JFSL9
    DC22: 970.00497
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    BISAC V2.8: HIS029000
    Thema V1.0: NHTB, NHK, JBSL11
    Publisher
    Constable and Robinson
    Imprint name
    Robinson Publishing
    Publication date
    26 February 2004
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Jon E. Lewis is a historian and writer, whose books on history and military history are sold worldwide. He is also editor of many The Mammoth Book of anthologies, including the bestselling On the Edge and Endurance and Adventure. He holds graduate and postgraduate degrees in history. His work has appeared in New Statesman, the Independent, Time Out and the Guardian. He lives in Herefordshire with his partner and children. Praise for his previous books: England: The Autobiography: 'A triumph' Saul David, author of Victoria's Army The British Soldier: The Autobiography: 'this thoughtful compilation ... almost unbearably moving.' Guardian 'Compelling tommy's eye view of war.' Daily Telegraph 'What a book. Five stars.' Daily Express
    Review text
    We are, of course, already familiar with the epic confrontations of the nineteenth century, the genocide (intentional or otherwise) committed by the white man, and the heroic, sometimes brutal resistance of the Plains Indians. Jon E Lewis places these struggles within a wider timeframe, one which embraces the Indians' creation myths, pre-Colombian civilizations such as the Anasazi and Huichol, the sophisticated democracy of the Iroquois (a major influence on the American constitution) and the relatively late introduction of the horse by the Spanish. It also serves to remind us that the tragic tale of the "Noble Savage" didn't end, as Dee Brown would have it, with the massacre at Wounded Knee, but continues to this day. Native Americans may make up less than 1 per cent of the US population but they still represent half the languages and cultures in the nation. Theirs is a tale of survival and hard-won victories as much as defeat and disenfranchisement. Lewis has, where possible, "let these individuals speak for themselves." But he is too modest. This is a fine and skilfully orchestrated history. (Kirkus UK)