This Land Was Theirs Study of Native North Americans

ISBN-10: 0195178106

ISBN-13: 9780195178104

Edition: 8th 2005 (Revised)

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Description: 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 * 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 artifact types discussed in the text and an extensive list of additional resources for learning about Native Americans.

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Book details

List price: $69.95
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/14/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

Each chapter ends with Additional Sources and a Selected Bibliography.
Questions about Native 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
Ethnographic Studies: An Overview
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 Anthroplogists
Comparing Cultures
The Netsilik: Seal Hunting and Snowhouse Eskimos
Aboriginal Life
Historical Developments
Recent Changes
The Chipewyan: Subarctic Hunters
Aboriginal Life
Early History
Becoming Modern at Snowdrift (Lutselk'e, Lutsel K'e)
Contemporary Lutselk'e
The Lower Kootenai: Plateau Fishers and Hunters
Aboriginal Life
Historical Changes
The Crow: Plains Raiders and Bison Hunters
Early Historic Life
Early History
Later History: The Old and the New
The Recent Past
The 1990s and 2000
The Cahuilla: Gatherers in the Desert
Aboriginal Life
Historical Changes
The Agua Caliente Band
The Yurok: Salmon Fishers of California
Aboriginal Life
Historical Developments
The Recent Past
The Tlingit: Alaskan Salmon Fishers
Aboriginal Life
Early History
Later History
Current Developments and Issues
The Hopi: Farmers of the Desert
Aboriginal Life
Early History
Later History
Emergence of the Modern Hopi
Recent Developments
The Navajo: Transformations among a Desert People
The Background
Traditional Life
The Comparatively Recent Past
Modern Developments
The Iroquois: Warriors and Farmers of the Eastern Woodlands
Early Historic Life
Later History
The Six Nations Reserve
Nationalism and Sovereignty
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
The Natchez: Sophisticated Farmers of the Deep South
Aboriginal Life
Tattooed Serpent's Oration
Natchez History
Current Realities: Fears and Hopes
Indians in the News
Indians as Environmentalists
Being Native American Today
Tribal Administration
Urban Indians
Diabetes and Native Americans
From Tribal Sovereignty to ?
Tools, Weapons, Nets, and Traps
Resources about Native Americans
Pronunciation Guide
Name Index
Subject Index
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