Indian Nations of North America

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Indian Nations of North America

Indian Nations of North America


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Walk with the indigenous people who settled North America -- and with their descendants, whose more than 500 tribes range from the Arctic Circle across the Great Plains and to the Eastern Seaboard. Lakota, Cherokee, Navajo, Haida: these groups and many others are profiled in engaging entries and portrayed in magnificent images and maps that authentically evoke each tribe's history and character. Organized into eight geographical regions, this encyclopedic reference gives fascinating details about key tribes within each area: their beliefs, sustenance, shelter, alliances, interaction with nature, historic events, and more. Learn about the spiritual and cultural traditions of Native Americans across the continent. Investigate how and when each tribe came into contact with Europeans, and how their lives changed. This is the definitive, insightful reference on Native Americans, captivating and informative for all who appreciate history, diverse cultures, stunning images, and the artistry of maps.

  • Hardcover
  • 384 pages; 140 color photographs, 140 black & white photographs, 12 maps, 20 illustrations
  • 9 1/8" x 10 7/8"
  • © 2010
Author Info

Native American expert and Smithsonian curator emeritus Herman Viola consulted on and wrote the foreword for Indian Nations of North America. The book's eight Native American authors include renowned academics, national leaders, lecturers, and authors. Among them are noted lecturer George Horsecapture; professor and art expert Rick W. Hill, Sr.; Monacan official Karenne Wood; and National Museum of the American Indian training director Jill Norwood.


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Page Organization Missing

Several sections of the book, you have to skip the next few pages to find where the contents continue. It makes for a difficult read to follow.


More than met my expectations!

My husband is part Native American Indian and this book helped him to further pursue his "roots". He was given this book as a gift.

leisure m.

A wealth of information.

It provides a good understanding of our first nations.

sad c.

Big Disappointment

The book was not edited properly. there are at least 15 errors in the book of articles that end in mid sentence, or when turning the page the remainder of the article is missing completely. When I called Nat Geo was told I could not get a new book, only a refund. Finally was told they would refund my shipping. Last book I ever buy from Nat Geo. Poor quality, poor customer service, and the book should have never been released in this form.

no n.

Revisionist History=Omissive History"

I found it appalling there was no mention of the enslavement of blacks by the Five Civilized Tribes (the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee, and Seminole)?! Why was that conventiently omitted from this book?! Wilma Mankiller in her autobiography described the enslaved blacks on her ancestors plantation as "members who were part of the family"?! The only remotest mention of slavery was the caption about John Ross (pp.72) and it never described him as a slavemaster? As a black woman I find it very difficult to empathize with a marginalized and oppressed culture whom took part in the worst holocaust in human history - American Chattle Slavery...I actually do not empathize nor sympathize at all! What is also deporable, is the glossing over of the genocides committed by tribes of one nation against the tribes of another nation well before the white man sat foot in the Americas!