Journalist tackles the history of the Americas based on current anthropological, archaeological, scientific and literary evidence. The book is written in a fast-paced detective format. Topics include the origins of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, the origin of corn and cotton, early writing, farming in the Amazon rain forest, warfare, the Great Law of Peace, terminology, contributions, mathematics and calendars. Second edition.
Invisible Genealogies: A History of Americanist Anthropology by professor of anthropology Regna Darnell provides a history of anthropology in North America. Its development is seen as one of continuity extending back to the work of Franz Boas. Others who extended the tradition are noted. Anthropologists and scholars such as A. L. Kroeber, Ruth Benedict, Edward Sapir, Elsie Clews Parsons, Paul Radin, Benjamin Lee Whorf, A. Irving Hallowell, Claude Levi-Strauss and Clifford Geertz are all genealogical ancestors for today's anthropologists.
An Illustrated History of Canada's Native Peoples: I Have Lived Here Since the World Began is the 2011 revised and expanded edition of the earlier title, I Have Lived Here Since the World Began. Historian Arthur J. Ray offers the general reader an accessible overview of the history of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada from pre-contact to the twenty-first century.
Collection of 15 scholarly essays about the history, politics and social life of the Inuit of Canada and Alaska written by anthropologists, geographers, social workers and social policy analysts. Topics include Elders and youth; time, space and memory; participatory anthropology in Nunavut; land claims, development and citizenship; trade; Inuit place names; Inuit social networks in an urban setting; Inuit geographical knowledge; housing; and cultural survival. Includes an extensive bibliography, index, photographs, and maps.
Households and Families of the Longhouse Iroquois at Six Nations Reserve is the recently published anthropological study conducted during 1956-1958 by Merlin Myers (1923-91). As part of Syracuse University's Studies in the Anthropology of North American Indians Series, the book brings the original research completed years earlier to the general reader. Myers studied the kinship (clans) relations, economics, and household organization among Longhouse families on the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve.
Study of the art and cultural property of the Nuxalk (Bella Coola) of the Northwest Coast by cultural anthropology professor, Jennifer Kramer. She examines the contemporary art created by First Nations artists in this coastal community, the school art program and the use of art objects in the daily lives of community members. She looks at regalia, masks, songs and dances as well as issues surrounding First Nations cultural property. These issues include cultural appropriation, repatriation, ownership, law, identity, and self-government.
In New Perspectives on Native North America: Cultures, Histories, and Representations some of the leading scholars working in Native North America explore contemporary perspectives on Native culture, history, and representation. Written in honor of the anthropologist Raymond D. Fogelson, the volume charts the currents of contemporary scholarship while offering an invigorating challenge to researchers in the field. The essays employ a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches and range widely across time and space.
Karl Kroeber reconsiders many incorrect anthropological beliefs about Native American traditional stories and legends. He presents samples of legends that are organized into chapters titled mythic imagining, human cultures, animal cultures, trickster-transformer orality, and myth as historical process. Each of the five chapters follows the same format with a selection of legends, commentary and notes. Although Kroeber insists on using the term, myth, he notes that there is no consensus about the meaning of the term.
Shamans through Time: 500 Years on the Path to Knowledge is a collection of 64 excerpts from writings about the nature and role of shamans in Indigenous cultures. This collection by Euro-western authors covers a 500 year time period from 1635 to 2000 and features excerpts from the writings of Claude Levi-Strauss, Franz Boas, Lafitau, Knud Rasmussen and others. The editors have also included the words of Carlos Castaneda and Black Elk.
Chief archaeologist and curator of ethnography at the Maine State Museum Bruce J. Bourque surveys the archaeological and ethnohistorical record to compile this overview of twelve thousand years of Native American culture and history in Maine. From the Paleo-Indian period to the present this scholarly but accessible work includes maps, photographs, and illustrations from archival sources that highlight the cultural traditions of the Abenaki, Maliseet, Mi'kmaq, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot Nations.