The British Museum Encyclopedia of Native North America

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9780253213396: The British Museum Encyclopedia of Native North America

Green (director of the American Indian Program, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution) and Fernandez (acting First Nations officer at the Ontario Arts Council) present about 200 alphabetically-arranged entries that illuminate how indigenous North Americans lived in the past and how they live now. Together with a wealth of stories, songs, and first-hand renderings of events, they include biographies of leaders, accounts of social problems, explanations of ceremonials, and descriptions of origin stories. Although most of the artifacts portrayed come from the British Museum, they are supplemented with other important examples from American collections.

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Rayna Green is Director of the American Indian Program, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, and is herself of Cherokee descent. Her books include That's What She Said (Indiana University Press).

Melanie Fernandez is a Community Arts Development Officer at the Ontario Arts Council.

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Green, an Oklahoma Cherokee, is the Director of the American Indian Program, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution; Fernandez is Community Arts Development Officer and Acting First Nations Officer, Ontario Arts Council. Theirs is a very interesting departure from what one expects in encyclopedias devoted to Native Americans, favoring a greater variety of topics with broader cultural relevance over an all-encompassing view of material culture and behavior. Among the carefully chosen topics are literature, art, invention and innovation, self-government, repatriation, and notable personalities, each placed within the broader context of a wide-ranging array of selected Native American groups. This work should foster a greater consideration of the rich diversity and cultural dynamic that characterizes all ethnic groups and encourage group discussion on a number of interrelated topics. Suggestions for further reading are included. For academic and all public libraries.AJohn Dockall, Bernice P. Bishop Museum, Honolulu
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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