American Woodland Indians (Men-at-Arms)

SKU: 0850459990

Michael G. Johnson
Grade Levels:
Ten, Eleven, Twelve, Adult Education, College, University
Algonquin, Iroquois, Woodland
Book Type:
Osprey Publishing

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American Woodland Indians is one of the titles in Osprey Publishing's Men-at-Arms series. All titles in the series are well-researched and contain full-colour plates of the uniforms or clothing worn by military forces of the past and present. In this title, the author and illustrator focus on the Aboriginal People of the Woodland culture area. The Woodland area extends from the James Bay region to the Gulf of Mexico and from the Atlantic coast to the Mississippi River. The major focus of the text is an introduction to the cultures of the region with a particular emphasis on the Iroquois and Algonkian nations. The text looks at the major conflicts between Native tribal groups and Europeans from the 1620s to the 1830s. Another section of the text describes trade, clothing, and cultural lifestyle of the Woodland culture area. The most important section of the book is the 8-page, colour insert showing various clothing styles of Algonkian and Iroquoian men and women. The first illustrations depict a Virginia Algonkian man, a Carolina Algonkian man, a Niantic-Narraganset warrior, a Huron warrior, a Mohawk warrior, and an Algonkian woman of the St. Lawrence valley. All these images reflect the 1580 - 1670 period. The second plate show Iroquois warriors from the early 1700's. The third plate depicts warriors from the Ojibwa, Miami, and Wyandot Nations during the late 1790s. The next plates show a Shawnee warrior, an Ojibwa warrior, a Cree woman, Micmac (Mi'kmaq couple), and a Salteaux family in a birchbark canoe from the early 1800s. An Iroquois woman pounding corn, a warrior, and a Medicine Mask society member are shown in the next plate from the 1812 period. A separate plate showing a Sac Chief, Sac male and female, together with an Odawa leader and Winnebago warrior from the 1820s depict the changing clothing styles of the Aboriginal People. The final plate shows the cloth outfits of a Menomini woman, Sac leader, Huron of Lorette man, and Chippewa male, all from the 1850s. Throughout the text the author includes black and white photographs of artifacts from museum collections. The final section of the book includes a detailed description of each plate noting the sources consulted. The illustrator made effective use of museum collections, contemporary paintings and drawings, and eyewitness accounts. Each book in the series is highly recommended for their authentic illustrations.

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