An Introduction to Native North America provides a basic introduction to the native peoples of North America, including both the United States and Canada. It covers the history of research, basic prehistory, the European invasion and the impact of Europeans on Native cultures. Additionally, much of the book is written from the perspective of the ethnographic present, and the various cultures are described as they were at the specific times noted in the text.
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Table of Contents
Found in this section: 1. Brief Table of Contents 2. Comprehensive Table of Contents 1. Brief Table of Contents Preface ix 1 Introduction 1 2 European Invasion 24 3 Native Peoples of the Arctic 44 4 Native Peoples of the Subarctic 82 5 Native Peoples of the Plateau 102 6 Native Peoples of the Northwest Coast 123 7 Native Peoples of the Great Basin 151 8 Native Peoples of California 177 9 Native Peoples of the Southwest 202 10 Native Peoples of the Plains 258 11 Native Peoples of the Northeast 298 12 Native Peoples of the Southeast 334 13 Contemporary Issues 368 Other Issues 377 Internet Resources for Materials on Native Americans 378 Glossary 379 References and Suggested Readings 382 Index 404 2. Comprehensive Table of Contents Preface ix 1 Introduction 1 The Geography of North America 1 Culture Areas 4 Native North Americans 5 A Brief History of Research on Native North Americans 12 SIDELIGHT: The Domesticated "Wilderness" 15 A General Prehistory of North America 16 SIDELIGHT: Weapons and Hunting Technologies 20 SIDELIGHT: The Practice of Scalping ?? 2 European Invasion 24 The Norse Discovery 24 Columbus and the Early Exploration of North America 25 European Colonies in North America 26 Governmental Policies Toward Native Americans 28 The Cultural and Biological Impacts of European Intrusion 36 SIDELIGHT: European Disease in the New World 37 The Spanish Mission System 38 The Fur Trade 41 SIDELIGHT: Native Tobacco: Then and Now 42 3 Native Peoples of the Arctic 44 Geography and Environment 46 A Basic Prehistory of the Arctic 48 A Brief History of Ethnographic Research 50 A Broad Portrait of Arctic Groups 51 SIDELIGHT: Arctic Art 61 Learn More About Contemporary Arctic Peoples 62 4 Native Peoples of the Subarctic 82 Geography and Environment 82 A Basic Prehistory of the Subarctic 83 A Brief History of Ethnographic Research 86 A Broad Portrait of Subarctic Groups 86 Learn More About Contemporary Subarctic Peoples 92 5 Native Peoples of the Plateau 102 Geography and Environment 102 A Basic Prehistory of the Plateau 104 A Brief History of Ethnographic Research 106 A Broad Portrait of Plateau Groups 107 SIDELIGHT: The Modoc War 108 Learn More About Contemporary Plateau Peoples 112 VIP PROFILE: Chief Joseph 116 6 Native Peoples of the Northwest Coast 123 Geography and Environment 123 A Basic Prehistory of the Northwest Coast 125 A Brief History of Ethnographic Research 128 A Broad Portrait of Northwest Coast Groups 129 SIDELIGHT: Art of the Northwest Coast 136 VIP PROFILE: Chief Seathl 138 Learn More About Contemporary Northwest Coast Peoples 139 7 Native Peoples of the Great Basin 151 Geography and Environment 151 A Basic Prehistory of the Great Basin 153 VIP PROFILE: Sarah Winnemucca, Northern Paiute Leader 156 A Brief History of Ethnographic Research 158 A Broad Portrait of Great Basin Groups 159 SIDELIGHT: The Ghost Dance Religion 164 Learn More About Contemporary Great Basin Peoples 167 8 Native Peoples of California 177 Geography and Environment 178 A Basic Prehistory of California 178 A Brief History of Ethnographic Research 182 A Broad Portrait of California Indians 182 VIP PROFILE: Ishi: "The Last Wild Indian in North America" 184 Learn More About Contemporary California Peoples 187 9 Native Peoples of the Southwest 202 Geography and Environment 203 A Basic Prehistory of the Southwest 204 VIP PROFILE: Geronimo, Apache Leader 209 A Brief History of Ethnographic Research 210 A Broad Portrait of Southwestern Pueblo Groups 211 A Broad Portrait of Non-Pueblo Southwestern Groups 216 SIDELIGHT: The Myth of Don Juan 217 Learn More About Contemporary Southwestern Peoples 219 SIDELIGHT: The Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute 224 10 Native Peoples of the Plains 258 Geography and Environment 258 A Basic Prehistory of the Plains 260 VIP PROFILE: Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa Leader 264 A Brief History of Ethnographic Research 266 A Broad Portrait of Plains Groups 267 Learn More About Contemporary Plains Peoples 276 The Cheyenne: A Plains Case Study 277 The Pawnees: A Plains Case Study 286 11 Native Peoples of the Northeast 298 Geography and Environment 298 A Basic Prehistory of the Northeast 300 A Brief History of Ethnographic Research 304 A Broad Portrait of Northeastern Groups 305 VIP PROFILE: Pocahontas 306 Learn More About Contemporary Northeastern Peoples 312 VIP PROFILE: Hiawatha 315 12 Native Peoples of the Southeast 334 Geography and Environment 334 SIDELIGHT: The Development of the Seminole 340 A Brief History of Ethnographic Research 342 A Broad Portrait of Southeastern Groups 342 Learn More About Contemporary Southeastern Peoples 348 VIP PROFILE: Sequoyah: Cherokee Leader 351 13 Contemporary Issues 368 A Revival of Native Culture 369 SIDELIGHT: Visiting Native North America 370 Native American Politics 370 Tourism 376 Native American Religion 376 The Peyote Religion 376 Other Issues 377 Internet Resources for Materials on Native Americans 378 Glossary 379 References and Suggested Readings 382 Index 404