The Native American Almanac: A Portrait of Native America Today

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9780028630038: The Native American Almanac: A Portrait of Native America Today

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Wide-ranging, authoritative, and timely, here is an illuminating portrait of America's Native peoples, combining information about their history and traditions with insight into the topics that most affect their lives today. From the upheaval of first contacts to the policies of removal to contemporary issues of self-determination, this useful sourcebook provides information on all aspects of Native American life. The Native American Almanac outlines topics of particular interest, such as the history of Native--white relations, the location and status of Native American tribes, religious traditions and ceremonies, language and literature, and contemporary performers and artists, and includes dozens of useful reference features such as:

  • Maps of tribal areas, historical conflicts, and present-day reservations
  • A detailed chronology of significant events
  • Names and addresses of hundreds of organizations concerned with Native American affairs
  • A listing of Native American landmarks, museums, and cultural centers from coast to coast
  • More than 100 black-and-white photographs and drawings
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ARLENE HIRSCHFELDER is the author of numerous books on Native American subjects, including the Carter G. Woodson Award-winning Happily May I Walk and The Encyclopedia of Native American Religions. She has an M.A. from the University of Chicago and has taught at the New School for Social Research in New York City. She lives in Teaneck, New Jersey. MARTHA KREIPE DE MONTAN? is the manager of the Resource Center of the National Museum of the American Indian/Smithsonian Institution. A member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi from Kansas, she has an M.A. in the Ethnohistory of North American Indians from the University of Kansas, and is the author of Coyote in Love with a Star, A Picture Book. She lives in New York City.

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Most people's view of Native Americans is of a people frozen in time. This book challenges that stereotype. Hirschfelder is the author of several books on this topic; De Monta{¤}no is a Native American and museum curator.

Each chapter is arranged around a theme. The first, "Historical Overview of Relations between Native Americans and Whites in the United States," lays the groundwork. The following chapters cover the Native American of today: population, tribes, lands, laws, Supreme Court decisions, treaties, tribal governments, language, religion, games and sports, artists, communication, economics, and military service. In addition to text, each chapter contains boxed information, for example, "Twenty Supreme Court Cases," "Historical Novels by Native American Authors," "Native American Words Used in English," and lists of actors, filmmakers, and athletes. Within chapters are other resource lists, for example, autobiographies of Native Americans, a chronology of newspapers, Native American artists, and education organizations. Black-and-white illustrations add interest.

This book aims to give the reader "a Native American perception of Indian Country and the people who inhabit it today." The tribal recognition and reservation concept are one example of changing Indian sovereignty. Current population figures for reservations in 1990 are listed as well as their size and date of establishment.

Appendixes of tribes by state, reservations and historic Indian areas, treaties, landmarks, and a lengthy chronology are followed by a bibliography arranged to mirror the organization of the book and an index. Its reasonable price and interesting content make this a valuable resource for all middle and high school and public libraries that wish to provide their patrons with a portrait of the Native American of today rather than the stereotypical Indian of the past.

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