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American Indians
Shoemaker, Nancy, 1958-
Publication Information:
Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 2001.
Physical Description:
ix, 291 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Pt. 1. Ancient America. The Indians old world: Native Americans and the coming of Europeans / Neal Salisbury ; Nanih Waiya, the sacred mound of the Choctaws / H.S. Halbert ; Legend of Nanih Wayah / Muriel Hazel Wright -- pt. 2. First encounters. The Anglo-Algonquian gender frontier / Kathleen M. Brown ; Castaęda's history of the expedition / Pedro de Castañeda of Náxera ; Voyages of Samuel de Champlain, 1604-1618 / Samuel de Champlain -- pt. 3. International diplomacy and cultural exchange. Dressing for success on the Mohawk frontier: Hendrick, William Johnson, and the Indian fashion / Timothy J. Shannon ; Excerpts from the Treaty of Lancaster, 1744 ; Witham Marshe's journal of the treaty held with the Six Nations by the commissioners of Maryland, and other provinces, at Lancaster -- pt. 4. Cherokee removal. Evidence of surplus production in the Cherokee Nation prior to removal / David M. Wishart ; Excerpts from census roll, 1835, of the Cherokee Indians east of the Mississippi ; Three excerpts from The Cherokee Phoenix -- pt. 5. Sacred places. The sacred Black Hills: an ethnohistorical review / Linea Sundstrom ; Land of the spotted eagle / Luther Standing Bear ; The sixth grandfather: Black Elk's teachings given to John G. Neihardt / Raymon J. DeMallie -- pt. 6. Boarding schools. "Hm! White boy! You got no business here!" / K. Tsianina Lomawaima ; Supplemental report on Indian education / Thomas J. Morgan ; Education of the American Indian / Henry Roe Cloud -- pt. 7. Red Power. Remembering Alcatraz: twenty-five years after / Troy Johnson and Joane Nagel ; Alcatraz, activism, and accommodation / Vine Deloria, Jr. ; Mankiller: a chief and her people / Wilma Mankiller and Michael Wallis.

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This collection brings together the best recent essays covering over five hundred years of American Indian history. Attached to each essay are primary historical documents that deal with issues of survival, resistance, accommodation, and adaptation, all of which illuminate the complexity and diversity of American Indian experiences.

Author Notes

Nancy Shoemaker is Associate Professor of History at the University of Connecticut. She is the author of American Indian Population Recovery in the Twentieth Century (1999), and editor of Negotiators of Change: Historical Perspectives on Native American Women (1995). She has also published articles on American Indian history in The American Historical Review, The Western Historical Quarterly , and The Journal of Women's History.

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Utilizing primary and secondary texts drawn from historical, anthropological, sociological, and literary sources, this volume admirably succeeds as a balanced and enlightening anthology to introduce college students to cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary sources in this field of study. The 14 primary documents range from Choctaw legends of the sacred mound "Nanih Wayah" to modern insider accounts of the Red Power movement by Wilma Mankiller (Cherokee) and Vine Deloria, Jr. (Lakota). The seven secondary articles provide scholarly overviews about pre-Columbian North American cultures, cross-cultural gender relationships in Colonial Virginia, patterns of cultural exchange, Cherokee removal, the Black Hills as a sacred place, boarding school experiences, and the 1969-71 occupation of Alcatraz. American Indian voices are well represented here since almost half of the selections are from Native Americans. Each selection is introduced by a brief essay that places it within a larger context and highlights its major themes. While this collection cannot possibly examine all phases and complexities of Native American culture and history, it well supplements a broader reading list and will elicit interesting classroom discussions. It also can be profitably read by general audiences outside the university setting and is appropriate for collections at all levels. M. L. Tate; University of Nebraska at Omaha

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
Part I Ancient America
Article: The Indians' Old World: Native Americans and the Coming of EuropeansNeal Salisbury
Nanih Waiya, The Sacred Mound of the ChoctawsH. S. Halbert
Legend of Nanih WayahMuriel Hazel Wright
Further Reading
Part II First Encounters
Article: The Anglo-Algonquian Gender FrontierKathleen M. Brown
Excerpts from Casta_eda's History of the Expedition: Pedro de Casta_eda of Nfxera
Voyages of Samuel de Champlain, 1604-1618W. L. Grant
Further Reading
Part III International Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange
Article: Dressing for Success on the Mohawk FrontierHendrick and William Johnson, and the Indian Fashion and Timothy J. Shannon
Excerpts from the Treaty of Lancaster
Witham Marshe's Journal of the Treaty Held with the Six Nations by the Commissioners of Maryland, and Other Provinces, at LancasterWitham Marshe
Further Reading
Part IV Cherokee Removal
Article: Evidence of Surplus Production in the Cherokee Nation Prior to RemovalDavid M. Wishart
Excerpts from Census Roll, 1835, of the Cherokee Indians East of the Mississippi
Three excerpts from The Cherokee Phoenix
Further Reading
Part V Sacred Places
Article: The Sacred Black Hills: An Ethnohistorical ReviewLinea Sundstrom
Land of the Spotted EagleLuther Standing Bear
The Sixth Grandfather: Black Elk's Teachings Given toJohn G. Neihardt and Raymond J. DeMallie
Further Reading
Part VI Boarding Schools
Article: "Hm! White Boy! You Got No Business Here"K. Tsianina Lomawaima
Supplemental Report on Indian EducationThomas J. Morgan
Education of the American IndianHenry Roe Cloud
Further Reading
Part VII Red Power
Article: Remembering Alcatraz: Twenty-five Years AfterTroy Johnson and Joane Nagel
Alcatraz, Activism, and AccommodationVine Deloria, Jr
Mankiller: A Chief and Her PeopleWilma Mankiller and Michael Wallis
Further Reading