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The Nez Perce
Bial, Raymond.
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Publication Information:
New York : Marshall Cavendish, 2002.
Physical Description:
128 pages ; 25 cm.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.7 3.0 62357.
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E99.N5 B45 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
E99.N5 B45 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Native Americans occupy a turbulent, romantic and painful place in our nation's history and consciousness. At once a symbol of a time long past and a living, vital presence today, Native Americans are not simply the first Americans, but an essential thread woven into the fabric of American life. Lifeways examines the existences carved out by each tribe. Daily life, religious beliefs and sacred rituals are all explored, as well as a tribe's social systems, rules of warfare and their sense of themselves within the natural universe. In addition, the cycle of life -- from birth to marriage to death -- is revealed, including the roles played by men and women, boys and girls.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-9-In these attractive books, the history, culture, and social traditions of the subjects are described in clear, respectful language. Both titles begin with a folk story describing the origin of the people, followed by a description of the geographic and historical context in which they live. "Lifeways" chapters discuss the economic and social aspects of the group, such as food, clothing, and arts and crafts. Other sections consider ceremonies and rites practiced by the nation, and contemporary issues. A chapter is devoted to language and includes a pronunciation guide and a list of common words. The photographs and drawings in Inuit are primarily archival and are gleaned from many sources, making it the visually stronger of the two volumes. Bial has contributed many of the photographs in Nez Perce, but, unfortunately, a number are mostly decorative shots with captions that attempt to add relevance to them. Endnotes include brief biographies of some of the notable individuals. Not all of the Web sites cited are active and not all are on a level appropriate to the books' audience. However, these titles are worthy of consideration for their unusual and comprehensive content.-Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.