This Land Was Theirs A Study of Native North Americans

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  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-11-21
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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This Land Was Theirs: A Study of Native North Americans, Ninth Edition, examines the traditional and contemporary lifeways of twelve North American Indian tribes. Ranging from the Netsilik hunters who straddle the Arctic Circle to the Natchez farmers of the lower Mississippi River area, the tribes represent each culture area and various levels of socioeconomic complexity among Native Americans. After introductory chapters devoted to pan-tribal issues, each chapter focuses on a specific group and culture area, providing students with a detailed portrait of the geographical and cultural adaptations of that region. As he has done for previous editions, author Wendell H. Oswalt has visited virtually all of the extant groups discussed in the text in order to ensure an accurate record of the present-day situation. Features of the Ninth Edition *Each chapter on an extant tribal group now includes a table with a timeline summarizing the group's ethnohistory *Includes an expanded section on the original peopling of the Americas *Emphasizes the major issues band and tribal governments in North America face today *Addresses the increasingly important diamond mining industry in Canada and the Subarctic *Includes more than 150 illustrations and chapter-opening native poems or songs *Offers expanded coverage of the Navajo, the transcontinental railroad's impact on Indian life, and contemporary issues encountered on reservations Provides pedagogical aids including maps of each region discussed, a glossary, a pronunciation guide, and two appendices: a guide to artifacts and a list of additional resources for further study

Author Biography

Wendell H. Oswalt is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at University of California, Los Angeles, where he taught for thirty-two years. His research has examined Native American cultures, with particular attention devoted to the Yupik-speaking Eskimos in southwestern Alaska and Inuit-speaking Eskimos in northern Alaska and Canada.

Table of Contents

Learning about Native Americansp. 1
Bison and Americansp. 2
Indians in Popular Culturep. 4
Who Is a Native American?p. 6
Population Figuresp. 9
Where Did Native Americans Originate?p. 10
Synopsis of Pre-Columbian Archaeology North of Mexicop. 13
How Have Native American Cultures Been Studied?p. 16
What Do Non-Natives Know about Indigenous American Languages?p. 19
Grouping Tribesp. 20
Additional Sourcesp. 27
Selected Bibliographyp. 27
Indian-Non-Indian Relationsp. 30
Early Contactp. 31
Destruction and Displacement of Peoplesp. 34
U.S. Treatiesp. 36
Canada, the First Nationsp. 39
Greenland in Briefp. 40
Administration of U.S. Indian Affairsp. 41
Forces Fostering Native American Identityp. 44
Recent Historyp. 52
Native Americans and Anthropologistsp. 60
Comparing Culturesp. 62
Additional Sourcesp. 64
Selected Bibliographyp. 64
The Netsilik: Seal Hunting and Snowhouse Eskimosp. 67
Traditional Lifep. 70
Historical Developmentsp. 93
Recent Changesp. 97
Additional Sourcesp. 101
Selected Bibliographyp. 101
The Chipewyan: Subarctic Huntersp. 103
Traditional Lifep. 105
Historical Developmentsp. 117
Becoming Modern at Snowdrift (Lutselk'e, Lutsel K'e)p. 119
Contemporary Lutselk'ep. 126
Sayisi Bandp. 132
Additional Sourcesp. 134
Selected Bibliographyp. 135
The Lower Kootenai: Plateau Fishers and Huntersp. 138
Traditional Lifep. 141
Historical Developmentsp. 155
Select Comparisonsp. 165
Additional Sourcesp. 167
Selected Bibliographyp. 167
The Western Shoshone: Subduers of the High Desertp. 169
Traditional Lifep. 172
Historical Developmentsp. 183
The Battle Mountain Colonyp. 189
Additional Sourcesp. 197
Selected Bibliographyp. 197
The Crow: Plains Raiders and Bison Huntersp. 200
Baseline Ethnographyp. 201
Historical Developmentsp. 222
Later Historyp. 224
Other Dimensionsp. 231
Additional Sourcesp. 234
Selected Bibliographyp. 235
The Cahuilla: Gatherers in the Desertp. 237
Traditional Lifep. 238
Historical Developmentsp. 254
The Agua Caliente Bandp. 256
Additional Sourcesp. 263
Selected Bibliographyp. 263
The Tlingit: Alaskan Salmon Fishersp. 265
Traditional Lifep. 266
Early Historyp. 290
Later Historyp. 293
Regional Corporationp. 297
Additional Sourcesp. 301
Selected Bibliographyp. 301
The Hopi: Farmers of the Desertp. 304
Traditional Lifep. 305
Historical Developmentsp. 325
Becoming Modernp. 328
Additional Sourcesp. 334
Selected Bibliographyp. 334
The Navajo: Transformations among a Desert Peoplep. 336
Backgroundp. 338
Historical Developmentsp. 340
Earlier Reservation Yearsp. 344
The Recent Pastp. 360
The Contemporary Scenep. 363
Additional Issuesp. 369
Additional Sourcesp. 370
Selected Bibliographyp. 371
The Iroquois: Warriors and Farmers of the Eastern Woodlandsp. 374
Early Historic Lifep. 375
Historical Developmentsp. 394
The Six Nations Reservep. 397
Sovereigntyp. 406
Additional Sourcesp. 409
Selected Bibliographyp. 409
The Eastern Cherokee: Farmers of the Southeastp. 412
People, Population, and Languagep. 413
Ethnographic Backgroundp. 413
Historical Developmentsp. 420
The Eastern Band of Cherokeep. 428
The Contemporary Scenep. 433
Additional Sourcesp. 437
Selected Bibliographyp. 437
The Natchez: Sophisticated Farmers of the Deep Southp. 440
Traditional Lifep. 441
Ceremoniesp. 450
Tattooed Serpent's Orationp. 456
Natchez Historyp. 457
Additional Sourcesp. 460
Selected Bibliographyp. 460
Overviewsp. 462
Indian Gaming Highlightsp. 463
Federal Administrationp. 468
Relocation Programsp. 471
Unrecognized Tribesp. 474
Diabetes and Native Americansp. 476
Indians as Environmentalistsp. 477
Tribalismp. 478
National Museum of the American Indianp. 480
Tribal Sovereigntyp. 481
Summarizing Thoughtsp. 484
Additional Sourcesp. 484
Selected Bibliographyp. 485
A Material Culture Samplep. 487
Additional Native American Resourcesp. 495
Glossaryp. 501
Pronunciation Guidep. 511
Name Indexp. 515
Subject Indexp. 520
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