Review by Choice Review
Trigger and Washburn's work should be a required acquisition for all libraries. It is a wonderful overview of North America's Native peoples from their arrival in this hemisphere until 1995. The editors have joined 14 other scholars in crafting imaginative chapters that provide insight into subjects as wide-ranging as Native American views of history, numerous regional life patterns, chronological periods of encounter and change, reservations, and the late-20th-century Native American renaissance posited by Washburn in the final chapter. Anthropologists, archaeologists, ethnohistorians, and historians have combined their talents in this outstanding collection. Excellent illustrations map ancient and modern population centers, illuminate archaeological artifacts, reconstruct villages, trace settlement patterns, and locate reservations. Scholars will be especially grateful for properly placed footnotes and bibliographies for each chapter. This publication should prove useful to almost anyone interested in Native American peoples. The novice will find helpful introductions to the literature of a topic, while experienced researchers will be gratified to have this work at hand as a tiller for steering through the seas of recent research and setting course for the scholarly horizon. J. H. O'Donnell III; Marietta College
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Review by Library Journal Review
In this wide-ranging history of the Native peoples of North America from prehistory to the present, edited by a Canadian archaeologist and a former historian with the Smithsonian, a variety of authors present a huge amount of information in a very concise format. Chapters are both thematic ("Native peoples in Euro-American historiography") and regional ("the Arctic from Norse contact to modern times"). Where experts have differing opinions, such as the earliest dates for Native peoples in the Americas or the population of North America in 1492, authors explain their positions and refer readers to other points of view through discussion and footnotes. As the broad nature of the essays precludes presenting specific tribal information, this work complements other recent reference works, such as the Department of Commerce's American Indian Reservations and Trust Areas (1996). Despite indifferent indexes and occasional information gaps, these volumes should have a prominent place in most library reference collections.Mary B. Davis, Huntington Free Lib., Bronx (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.