Native American History For Dummies Paperback – Oct 29 2007
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From the Back Cover
Get an authentic perspective on Native peoples past, present and future
Understand key historical events as they actually happened
Want to know more about America's indigenous peoples? This straightforward guide breaks down their thousand-year-plus history and explains their influence on European settlement of the continent. Gain fresh insight into the major tribal nations; their customs and traditions; warfare and famous battles; and the lives of such icons as Pocahontas, Sitting Bull, and Sacagawea.
How tribes formed and where they migrated
The impact of Spain and France on the New World
The lives of influential Indian men and women
How Native peoples maximized their environment
The meanings of their beliefs, symbols, and rituals
About the Author
Dorothy Lippert, PhD: Dorothy is Choctaw and an archaeologist. She received her BA from Rice University and her MA and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. She works in the Repatriation Office of the National Museum of Natural History. Dorothy serves on the Executive of the World Archaeological Congress and on the Board of Directors for the Society for American Archaeology. Her research interests include the development of Indigenous archaeology, repatriation, ethics, and the archaeology and bioarchaeology of the Southeastern United States.
Stephen J. Spignesi: Stephen Spignesi is a best-selling author of more than 40 books, including his highly-acclaimed debut novel, DIALOGUES (Bantam). His latest book is George Washington’s Leadership Lessons (Wiley) written with James Rees, the Executive Director of George Washington’s Mount Vernon. He is also the co-author of Second Homes for Dummies (Wiley). His book, JFK Jr. (Citadel), was a New York Times best-seller.
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Regarding the History of the Native Americans it is completely shallow. A lot of data about the different migrations (this one is the most complete section of the book), something about tools and weapons, something about the main Tribes and Chiefs, something about their languages, the places they lived in and the relation with their neighbours, something about the situation of Native Americans today regarding social and legal status.
A bit of everything but too shallow for my taste. For an overview it's not so bad. Almost nothing about beliefs and rites, by the way.
The insulting part comes when talking about the relations of the Natives and the Europeans when they first met.
The authors are really reluctant to say anything bad about how the English and the Americans later treated the Natives. There are only a few lines telling the story about the smallpox contamitated blankets and only a brief mention of the massacre Custer wanted to perpetrate... even though in the end he was the one who got massacred. For the authors, the English didn't do almost anything wrong. And if they did, the authors tell it in a pair of lines and skip to the next topic.
When reading this book one starts to think that the English arrived in America with the sole intention of giving out lollypops and cuddle toys to the Natives they might came across. It is like they hadn't killed, fooled, enslaved, exploited, almost exterminated and sent to live in reserves any Native American.
The authors have not so many problems when describing the Spaniards as soulless bloodthirsty demons who only wanted to kill helpless Natives for fun. They are portrayed as such evil beings that it is almost comical.
It seems the lies of the Black Legend about the Spaniards lives on in the minds of many...historians. But since it has been proved to be a smearing campaign of the years in which Spain was the most powerful country in the western world I thought the authors would be a bit more objective regarding that topic. Obviously they are not as objective as I hoped they would be.
As a Spaniard myself I feel insulted by the lack of objectiveness the authors show. If this book is so biased and full of trites in this regard I must doubt of the value of everything else which is presented here.
This book is useless for me.
I wouldn't reccomend it to anyone who wants an objective, critical and professionally written History book.
Don't waste your hard earned money on that. I'm sure there are far better books out there.
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