This Land Was Theirs A Study of Native North Americans

ISBN-10: 0195367405
ISBN-13: 9780195367409
Edition: 9th 2009
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List price: $99.95
Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/21/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 592
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

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 groupsrepresent 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 life.

Preface
Learning about Native Americans
Bison and Americans
Indians in Popular Culture
Who Is a Native American?
Population Figures
Where Did Native Americans Originate?
Synopsis of Pre-Columbian Archaeology North of Mexico
How Have Native American Cultures Been Studied?
What Do Non-Natives Know about Indigenous American Languages?
Grouping Tribes
Additional Sources
Selected Bibliography
Indian-Non-Indian Relations
Early Contact
Destruction and Displacement of Peoples
U.S. Treaties
Canada, the First Nations
Greenland in Brief
Administration of U.S. Indian Affairs
Forces Fostering Native American Identity
Recent History
Native Americans and Anthropologists
Comparing Cultures
Additional Sources
Selected Bibliography
The Netsilik: Seal Hunting and Snowhouse Eskimos
Traditional Life
Historical Developments
Recent Changes
Additional Sources
Selected Bibliography
The Chipewyan: Subarctic Hunters
Traditional Life
Historical Developments
Becoming Modern at Snowdrift (Lutselk'e, Lutsel K'e)
Contemporary Lutselk'e
Sayisi Band
Additional Sources
Selected Bibliography
The Lower Kootenai: Plateau Fishers and Hunters
Traditional Life
Historical Developments
Select Comparisons
Additional Sources
Selected Bibliography
The Western Shoshone: Subduers of the High Desert
Traditional Life
Historical Developments
The Battle Mountain Colony
Additional Sources
Selected Bibliography
The Crow: Plains Raiders and Bison Hunters
Baseline Ethnography
Historical Developments
Later History
Other Dimensions
Additional Sources
Selected Bibliography
The Cahuilla: Gatherers in the Desert
Traditional Life
Historical Developments
The Agua Caliente Band
Additional Sources
Selected Bibliography
The Tlingit: Alaskan Salmon Fishers
Traditional Life
Early History
Later History
Regional Corporation
Additional Sources
Selected Bibliography
The Hopi: Farmers of the Desert
Traditional Life
Historical Developments
Becoming Modern
Additional Sources
Selected Bibliography
The Navajo: Transformations among a Desert People
Background
Historical Developments
Earlier Reservation Years
The Recent Past
The Contemporary Scene
Additional Issues
Additional Sources
Selected Bibliography
The Iroquois: Warriors and Farmers of the Eastern Woodlands
Early Historic Life
Historical Developments
The Six Nations Reserve
Sovereignty
Additional Sources
Selected Bibliography
The Eastern Cherokee: Farmers of the Southeast
People, Population, and Language
Ethnographic Background
Historical Developments
The Eastern Band of Cherokee
The Contemporary Scene
Additional Sources
Selected Bibliography
The Natchez: Sophisticated Farmers of the Deep South
Traditional Life
Ceremonies
Tattooed Serpent's Oration
Natchez History
Additional Sources
Selected Bibliography
Overviews
Indian Gaming Highlights
Federal Administration
Relocation Programs
Unrecognized Tribes
Diabetes and Native Americans
Indians as Environmentalists
Tribalism
National Museum of the American Indian
Tribal Sovereignty
Summarizing Thoughts
Additional Sources
Selected Bibliography
A Material Culture Sample
Additional Native American Resources
Glossary
Pronunciation Guide
Name Index
Subject Index

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