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E PC term I dunno But my point is that in academic circles we now realize it s appropriate to call these people By The Tribe They Come the tribe they come than to try and find a blanket term that will sum them all up We re also slowly realizing that it s appropriate to call them by The Names They Called names they called not the insulting names placed upon them by neighboring tribes Some tribes like the Indiana branch of the Miami tribe are going through the process of trying to bring their language back into use since so much of one s world view is created by the filter of language I ve had a lot of espresso and I ust keep going and going and still haven t made the first point I was planning on making Bear with me I m focusing nowI m saying that we have become much understanding of who Native Americans are and were since this book was published In 2010 many people understand that the stereotype of the Noble Savage is Crossfire (The Loner, just as destructive and insulting as the Insane Bloodthirsty Redskin stereotype Well maybe not JUST as destructive but ALSO destructive In either case we are taking a simplified understanding of someone else that WE CREATED and labeling another set of cultures with thisIn feminist rhetoric nowadays there s a growing understanding that if you want to let someone who is underpriviledged speak it is best to do this by actually LETTING THEM SPEAK not interviewing them and reinterpreting their ideas thoughts and world views through your own lens This book is a highly outdated text because it fails to do any of this the subject does not speak for hisherself and some stereotypes are reinforced by the perspective this book was written from That said for the time the book was written I think the author did a fairly goodob of being fair to the subject The view of the Native American tribes was never outwardly negative and I shouldn t expect writing from the past to live up to the values we have in the present So I appreciated a lot of the information in this book and DID find it fascinating But from my forty years later perspective this book sits uite comfortably in a patriarchal self serving historical tradition that I believe needs to be and is being overthrow. F all Eastern Indians the men trained from birth to hunt and fight measuring manhood by their boldness in battle; the women raised to sustain the warriors sharing in celebrations of victory or slashing their bodies in moments of grief. O contend with the ensuing movement west of so many from the eastern United States A map on page 33 shows As Of 1840 Where The of 1840 where the tribes lived Sauk and Fox and Eastern Sioux in what is now Iowa and Minnesota to the Delaware and Kansas in what is now KansasNebraska to Apache in ARIZONA ETCTHE SECOND CHAPTER DISCUSSES THE LIFE OF INDIANS etcThe second chapter discusses the life of Indians horses important resources for the nomadic tribes The history of acuiring horses is discussed and see the map on page 51 showing the pattern by which horses spread on the continent as the key role they played in the lives of tribes Buffalo and their role in Indian life are also considered here Chapter 3 inuires into the life of Indians in the Old West including housing tipi for instance cooking clothing The role of women is addressed as well Other chapters examine religion the invasion of whites and the end of Indian power on the plainsThis is another solid entry in the Old West series from Time Life Books The past is a fiction we make up continually We re essentially living in the movie Memento generations pass we forget what we were capable of in the past we have a sense

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things have been this way then we do something horrible again and we find a way of denying it Those soldiers who took the fucked up pictures of captives weren t acting on anyone s orders It was purely an anomaly right Guantanimo Bay that doesn t count because it s not TECHNICALLY within the US border I m going to defend this book to a certain extent but first I have to tell you why it s irrelevant I mean take one fucking look at this cover Look at the title This book is thirty seven years old and YOU KNOW it is politically incorrect without even opening the cover This book is ALL ABOUT the Noble Savage an idealized and fantastic understanding of the Native American tribes who communed with nature and did mysterious dances and dressed in skins and furs Courageous and on the verge of extinction like the panda Now we still have blanket terms we try to apply to all of these separate tribes but they ve evolved Native Americans for a while then American Indians for a while and I think that Native American has again become th. Oo Comanche Cheyenne Sioux Kiowa and others all resonant of fierce valour calling up images of painted horsemen with lances and bows These tribes and their warriors dwelt on the Great Plains To most whites they represented the model

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2010 This book was first published in 1973 as a part of Time Life Books Old West series It was re printed as the first book of a 24 volume series called The American Indian in 1993 The re printed edition has a different cover This is the history of Native Americans told by a non Native American who grew up on a ranch in Texas and has been fascinated by Native American culture since childhood The book was published in 1973 so this may explain why the author uses the name Indians I found the book fascinating I don t know much about Native American apart from what I learned from old John Wayne s Western movies or recently Kevin Costner s Dances with wolves This book gives an idea of how Native American lived livelihood religious practises beliefs clothes and It s a visual feast because everything is illustrated with really gorgeous pictures and drawings The hardest part of this book is the story of the Native Americans war against American settlers a bloodbath made of Massacres After Massacres I after massacres I t have the feeling that the author was taking anyone s side Now I think I have to find a reference book on native American history preferably written by Native Americans and compare the narratives This series is visually and tactilely elegant Leather American history preferably written by Native Americans and compare the narratives This series is visually and tactilely elegant Leather slick pages multitudinous artistic renderings of the time photographs as available the photos of selected Indians on pages 7 13 are powerful images maps and so on This series also does a pretty good ob of tackling its various subjects from the cavalry to frontiersmen to pioneers to women of the time to The focus here is Indians The coverage is rather sensitive and is not undercut by stereotypes or condescensionThe book begins with a great peace council in 1840 among four major tribes Comanche Cheyenne Arapaho and Kiowa These groups had long fought with one another At the council they pledged peace among one another The book notes that 1840 was something of a signal year in the Indians of the Old West Settlers had begun traversing the West as they looked to settle even further west the old trapping business began to close down The total Indian population in the West was 300000 a very small number Who were the Indians of the Old West Everyone knows them the hawk faced men with braided hair and war feathers their copper skin stretched over high cheekbones their expressions penetrating and fearless The tribal names are familiar .

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