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Atlas of the North American Indian /

Main Author: Waldman, Carl.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New York : Checkmark Books, 2000
Edition: Rev. ed.
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Review by Choice Review

As an introductory, up-to-date single source on American Indians, this book is a very useful reference work for public or high school libraries. It covers paleo-Indians, the ancient Mesoamerican civilizations, customs, contact with Europeans, the Indian wars, land cessions, and contemporary Native Americans. The text is clear without being oversimplified. Although titled an atlas, it contains far more text than illustration. The maps squeeze too much information into a single presentation. They also fall into the trap of depicting the position of Indian tribes without indicating that tribal territories changed over the centuries. A simple remedy would have been to label the maps, e.g., ``Location of tribes in 1850,'' or whatever date was used. The appendix includes many useful sources of information: a chronology, list of Indian tribes, reservations, major Indian place names, and a directory of museums, historical societies, and archaeological sites. The bibliography, however, is very disappointing; not long enough and without subject access. Still, useful for general readers.-B.R. Johnson, American Museum of Natural History

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Review by Booklist Review

This revision of a 1985 title provides "a series of overviews for understanding the challenging subject of the American Indian, and a framework or frameworks for pursuing further historical and cultural studies." Text is accompanied by 110 black-and-white maps. According to the preface, maps are a useful way to convey Indian-related information both because of "the great" number of tribes and their movement over the centuries" and because "one's homeland is at the heart of the Native American worldview." Among the changes from the earlier edition are redrawn maps, 16 new maps (for example, "The Territory of Nunavut"), updated language (e.g., Inuit rather than Eskimo), a new glossary, an expanded bibliography, and revised lists of tribal groups and museums. Content is arranged in seven chapters, including "Ancient Indians," "Indian Lifeways," and "Contemporary Indians." The largest single section, "Indian Wars," covers the early conflicts of the Arawal (1492) through the Canadian Indian Wars in the 1870s. Each chapter is broken down into sections discussing culture, events, tribes, and individuals. Appendixes provide a chronology of prehistory and history; listings of Indian Nations; Indian place-names; and a directory of museums, historical societies, and archaeological sites. A glossary, bibliography, and index complete the volume. Canadian coverage is better than in many similar works. Several chapters have sections specific to Canada, an appendix is devoted to contemporary Canadian First Nations, and other appendixes include Canada in their listings. This book is recommended for collections needing general information, historical coverage, and material on the Canadian region. It is a good companion to Waldman's Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes [RBB Ap 1 00] and well suited for the academic or public library.

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Review by Library Journal Review

Waldman is the author of several well-reviewed resources, several devoted to American Indian history and culture. This expanded update of a 2000 second edition (also by Facts On File) includes 123 full-color thematic maps illustrating seven topical chapters: Ancient Native Peoples, Ancient Civilizations, Native Lifeways, Native Peoples and Explorers, Indian Wars, Native Land Sessions and a Changing Way of Life, and Contemporary Native North Americans. Although the stated scope is North America, the principal focus is on the United States and Canada. The accompanying text is authoritative yet aimed at general readers and is enhanced by a glossary and these ready appendixes: Chronology of Native Prehistory and History; Native Nations of the United States and Canada; Contemporary Native Nations in the United States; Contemporary Canadian First Nations; Major Native Place-Names in the United States and Canada; and Museums, Historical Sites, and Archaeological Sites Pertaining to Native North Americans. BOTTOM LINE A remarkable compilation of all aspects of Native American life, history, and culture, this atlas is a valuable addition to any geography collection. Waldman's own Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes (Facts On File, 2006; 3d ed.) is less comprehensive and mostly intended for high schools.-Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Syst., Fort Pierce, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-An impressive and exhaustive work. Updates since the highly acclaimed 2000 edition include information on the first Native American in space and the Canadian Parliament's endorsement of the UN "Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples," and more color maps and photographs. The volume is divided into several broad subject areas, such as "Ancient Native Peoples," "Native Lifeways," "Indian Wars," "Native Land Cessions and a Changing Way of Life," and "Contemporary Native North Americans." The subject divisions follow a chronological pattern and explore Native history across the continent, in no way marginalizing Central America or Canada. The exemplary informational content is complemented by numerous maps and photographs, in both color and black and white. Numerous access points include an extensive map list and a series of appendixes, such as the "Chronology of Native Prehistory and History," "Native Nations in the United States (with Languages and Locations)," "Contemporary Canadian First Nations," and "Major Native Place-Names in the United States and Canada." The bibliography is extensive. This work stands out due to its scope and the attention given to the Canadian Native experience. The use of the word "Indian" in the title may be problematic, especially for Canadian librarians, but Waldman's preface outlines the variety of terms used for North America's first peoples and explains that they are all used throughout the book, where applicable. This visually appealing resource will be an excellent addition, even if libraries own the previous edition.-Robyn Walker, Elgin Court Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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