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Recounts the careers of four Native American leaders in the context of the struggle to maintain their culture and freedom from white rule
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
Grade 3-7-Factual inaccuracies, cultural misrepresentations, and an exceedingly disjointed text make this oversized French import one to pass up. Marcellin's illustrations are the focal point of the book and appear to have been heavily influenced by panoramic 1950's-style Hollywood Western epics. The text accompanying these pictures lacks connectedness to the point that readers may find themselves flipping back to see if they've missed a page. Absurd blanket statements such as "Native American civilization was based on a set of carefully regulated ceremonies" are interspersed throughout. The Sun Dance and Ghost Dance appear in a confusing and culturally inaccurate fashion. At times, Masson seems to repeat, and to present as fact, various incorrect 19th-century observations. Inaccuracies, however, are not confined to this side of the Atlantic; the text mentions "the old nostalgic Irish ballad Auld Lang Syne" (wouldn't Robbie Burns be surprised). Scarce resource dollars are better invested in the chiefs' biographies available in the "North American Indians of Achievement" series (Chelsea).
Colleen McDougall, Kayenta Boarding School, AZ
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Book Description Barrons Juveniles, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110812064682
Book Description Barrons Juveniles, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0812064682