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Title:
The British Museum encyclopedia of native North America
Author:
Green, Rayna.
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Publication Information:
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
vii, 213 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 28 cm
General Note:
Errata slip inserted.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780253335975

9780253213396
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Green (director of the American Indian Program, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution) and Fernandez (acting First Nations officer at the Ontario Arts Council) present about 200 alphabetically-arranged entries that illuminate how indigenous North Americans lived in the past and how they live now. Together with a wealth of stories, songs, and first-hand renderings of events, they include biographies of leaders, accounts of social problems, explanations of ceremonials, and descriptions of origin stories. Although most of the artifacts portrayed come from the British Museum, they are supplemented with other important examples from American collections.


Author Notes

Rayna Green, a Cherokee from Oklahoma, is Director of the American Indian Program, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Melanie Fernandez is Community Arts Development Officer and Acting First Nations Officer at the Ontario Arts Council.


Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Green, an Oklahoma Cherokee, is the Director of the American Indian Program, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution; Fernandez is Community Arts Development Officer and Acting First Nations Officer, Ontario Arts Council. Theirs is a very interesting departure from what one expects in encyclopedias devoted to Native Americans, favoring a greater variety of topics with broader cultural relevance over an all-encompassing view of material culture and behavior. Among the carefully chosen topics are literature, art, invention and innovation, self-government, repatriation, and notable personalities, each placed within the broader context of a wide-ranging array of selected Native American groups. This work should foster a greater consideration of the rich diversity and cultural dynamic that characterizes all ethnic groups and encourage group discussion on a number of interrelated topics. Suggestions for further reading are included. For academic and all public libraries.ÄJohn Dockall, Bernice P. Bishop Museum, Honolulu (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

The editors of this wonderful addition to the field of Native studies understand the importance of images in a reference book. They are among the most commonly sought "pieces of the puzzle" for students researching all aspects of a tribe; the book is filled with them. Examples include photos of an Indian casino, a Mohawk silver cross, Navajo cowboys, a Cherokee Baptist choir, Joseph Head and his calendar stick, a Pawnee courting flute, Ojibwas parching wild rice, Choctaw women doing a stomp dance, and Cree birchbark baskets. Besides images, reader aids include a comprehensive general index and an index of individuals. Interspersed in the text are quotes and snippets of Indian life and lore. A notable quote under "Tourism": "We didn't make fancy baskets until we were discovered." Not all Native American tribes are covered, but the major ones are. At the front, maps display tribal location across the continent. Designed as an "introduction to Native North American history and culture," the book fills the bill exactly at low cost. Highly recommended for all libraries. L. K. Miller Paradise Valley Community College


Table of Contents

Using this bookp. vii
Maps of First Nations and Culture Areasp. viii
Introductionp. 1
The Encyclopediap. 2
Information sourcesp. 183
Picture creditsp. 186
Quotation acknowledgementsp. 193
Authors' acknowledgementsp. 200
General Indexp. 201
Index of Individualsp. 210