This Land Was Theirs

This Land Was Theirs : A Study of Native North Americans

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"This Land Was Theirs" examines the traditional and contemporary lifeways of twelve North American Indian tribes. Ranging from the Netsilik hunters who straddle the Arctic Circle to the Natchez farmers of the lower Mississippi River area, the tribes represent each culture area and various levels of socioeconomic complexity among Native Americans. Each chapter focuses on a specific group and culture area, providing students with a detailed portrait of the geographical and cultural adaptations of that region. As he has done for previous editions, author Wendell H. Oswalt has visited virtually all of the extant groups discussed in the text to ensure an accurate and complete picture of the contemporary situation.
Updates and major changes featured in this edition include: a new chapter on the Western Shoshone - a Great Basin tribe centered in Nevada - including a discussion of the 2004 partial resolution of their long-standing major land claim against the federal government; a description of how in recent years some Pentecostal church congregations among the Crow and Tlingit have rejected their Indian backgrounds; a discussion of how the discovery of vast diamond deposits in northern Canada may dramatically change the lifeway of some Chipewyan and the Netsilik; coverage of timely issues for Native Americans, including the management of individual trust accounts by the Bureau of Indian Affairs; the disposition of Kennewick Man; and the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Lara case in 2004, which centered on an aspect of Indian sovereignty; and a more detailed examination of Indian casinos, including typical non-Indian reactions to them. This "Land Was Theirs, Eighth Edition", incorporates more than 150 photographs and illustrations, and each chapter-opening offers pertinent text about the subject matter covered in that chapter.
Abundant pedagogical aids include maps of each region discussed, a glossary, a pronunciation guide, and two appendixes: a guide to the various artefact types discussed in the text and an extensive list of additional resources for learning about Native Americans.
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  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 165.1 x 233.7 x 22.9mm | 816.48g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 8th Revised edition
  • 164 halftones, maps & line drawings
  • 0195178106
  • 9780195178104

Table of contents

Each chapter ends with Additional Sources and a Selected Bibliography; CHAPTER 1. QUESTIONS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS; Bison and Americans; Indians in Popular Culture; Who Is a Native American?; Population Figures; Where Did Native Americans Originate?; Precontact History North of Mexico: An Overview; How Have Native American Cultures Been Studied?; What Do We Know of Native American Languages?; Grouping Tribes; CHAPTER 2. INDIAN-NON-INDIAN RELATIONS; Early Contact; Destruction and Displacement of Peoples; U.S. Treaties; Administration of U.S. Indian Affairs; Canada, the First Nations; Greenland in Brief; Landmark U.S. Indian Policies; Forces Fostering Native American Identity; Recent History; Native Americans and Anthropologists; Comparing Cultures; CHAPTER 3. THE NETSILIK: SEAL HUNTING AND SNOWHOUSE ESKIMOS; Aboriginal Life; Historical Developments; Recent Changes; CHAPTER 4. THE CHIPEWYAN: SUBARCTIC HUNTERS; Aboriginal Life; Early History; Becoming Modern at Snowdrift (Lutselk'e, Lutsel K'e); Contemporary Lutselk'e; CHAPTER 5. THE LOWER KOOTENAI: PLATEAU FISHERS AND HUNTERS; Aboriginal Life; Historical Changes; Select Comparisons: Bonners Ferry Kootenai (BFK) and Creston Kootenay (CK); CHAPTER 6. THE WESTERN SHOSHONE: SUBDUERS OF THE HIGH DESERT; Aboriginal Life; Early Historical Developments; Later History; The Battle Mountain Colony; CHAPTER 7. THE CROW: PLAINS RAIDERS AND BISON HUNTERS; Baseline Ethnography; Early History; Later History; Other Dimensions; CHAPTER 8. THE CAHUILLA: GATHERERS IN THE DESERT; Aboriginal Life; Historic Changes; The Agua Caliente Band; CHAPTER 9. THE TLINGIT: ALASKAN SALMON FISHERS; Aboriginal Life; Early History; Later History; CHAPTER 10. THE HOPI: FARMERS OF THE DESERT; Aboriginal Life; Early History; Later History; Emergence of the Modern Hopi; Additional Considerations; CHAPTER 11. THE NAVAJO: TRANSFORMATIONS AMONG A DESERT PEOPLE; The Background; Traditional Life; The Comparatively Recent Past; Modern Developments; Additional Issues and Concerns; CHAPTER 12. THE IROQUOIS: WARRIORS AND FARMERS OF THE EASTERN WOODLANDS; Early Historic Life; Later History; The Six Nations Reserve; Nationalism and Sovereignty; CHAPTER 13. THE EASTERN CHEROKEE: FARMERS OF THE SOUTHEAST; People, Population, and Language; Early Historic Life; Early History; Later History: The Eastern Band of Cherokee; The Contemporary Scene; CHAPTER 14. THE NATCHEZ: SOPHISTICATED FARMERS OF THE DEEP SOUTH; Aboriginal Life; Ceremonies; Tattooed Serpent's Oration; Recorded Natchez History; CHAPTER 15. OVERVIEWS; Indian Casino Highlights; Federal Administration; Urban Indians; Unrecognized Tribes; Diabetes and Native Americans; Indians as Environmentalists; Tribalism; National Museum of the American Indian; Tribal Sovereignty; Summarizing Thoughts; Appendix A: A Sample of Widespread Artifact Types; Appendix B: Resources about Native Americans
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