This Land Was Theirs

This Land Was Theirs : A Study of Native North Americans

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Since its original publication in 1966, This Land Was Theirs has continued to offer a different approach to the study of Native Americans living north of Mexico. Designed for undergraduate courses in Native North Americans, the emphasis was, and continues to be, on both traditional and contemporary Indian lifeways. Oswalt looks at 12 North American Indian tribes, ranging from the Netsilik hunters of the Arctic Circle to the Natchez farmers of the Mississippi; the groups represent the major culture areas and levels of socioeconomic complexity among North American Indians. The author traces each tribe's story, from aboriginal life through historical changes to its current place among the native nations, and he makes visible the connections between each group along the way. In its ninth edition, the author devotes more attention to the Navajo, the most populous tradition-oriented tribe. He has tightened the ethnohistorical text and presented it in easy-to-read tables; increased discussion of methadone use, domestic violence, and crime on reservations; and added detail on the first transcontinental railroad's impact on Western Indian more

Product details

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 165.1 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 793.78g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 9th Revised edition
  • 84 halftones, 68 line illustrations, and 16 maps
  • 0195367405
  • 9780195367409

About Wendell H. Oswalt

Wendell H. Oswalt is Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles, Oswalt earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. He taught at UCLA for 32 more

Table of contents

Preface ; Chapter 1 Learning about Native Americans ; Chapter 2 Indian-Non-Indian Relations ; Chapter 3 The Netsilik: Seal Hunting and Snowhouse Eskimos ; Chapter 4 The Chipewyan: Subarctic Hunters ; Chapter 5 The Lower Kootenai: Plateau Fishers and Hunters ; Chapter 6 The Western Shoshone: Subduers of the High Desert ; Chapter 7 The Crow: Plains Raiders and Bison Hunters ; Chapter 8 The Cahuilla: Gatherers in the Desert ; Chapter 9 The Tlingit: Alaskan Salmon Fishers ; Chapter 10 The Hopi: Farmers of the Desert ; Chapter 11 The Navajo: Transformations among a Desert People ; Chapter 12 The Iroquois: Warriors and Farmers of the Eastern Woodlands ; Chapter 13 The Eastern Cherokee: Farmers of the Southeast ; Chapter 14 The Natchez: Sophisticated Farmers of the Deep South ; Chapter 15 Overviews ; Appendix A: A Material Culture Sample ; Appendix B: Additional Native American Resources ; Glossary ; Pronunciation Guide ; Name Index ; Subject Indexshow more

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