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By Arnold Marquis

This ebook presents uncomplicated information regarding American Indians that each vacationer and armchair tourist may wish or wish. half One is a quick account of the numerous diverse tribes within the decrease forty-eight states, detailing their cultures and lifeways, their family with the government, the pan-Indian circulation, and modern writings and journalism. half bargains valuable recommendation approximately vacationing reservations and suggestions in studying ceremonials and dances, paying for paintings and craftwork, and camping out on Indian lands. half 3 is an in depth, region-by-region advisor to the tribes and reservations, campgrounds, and frequently scheduled events.

Special sections checklist museums with vital collections of Indian paintings, crafts, and artifacts; agencies drawn to Indian affairs; and courses dedicated to tribal pursuits. there's additionally a delicately chosen checklist of readings in case you wish to recognize extra approximately America’s first citizens.

The e-book is lavishly illustrated with photos and maps designed to assist the vacationer who visits Indian Country.

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In fact, the literature is so formidable as to be almost overwhelming. There are many museums with fine Indian collections, and thousands of good books about Indians. But many of us are put off by the prospect of delving into such momentous studies. This book is intended to be a guide into the world of the Indians. It is not intended to be a definitive study, and certainly not to be encyclopedic. It is my hope that it will be an easy and accurate reference and that it will motivate the reader to venture further into the world of the Indians.

They followed the animals they depended on for food. When the Pleistocene ice age moved down over northern Europe, the animals retreated southward and eastward. The hunters followed. When the ice age ended, the animals moved eastward and northward, toward central Asia in the direction of Siberia. Ultimately they reached the Bering land bridge, the isthmus linking Asia with North America. The isthmus was a wide land bridgepossibly a number of bridgesand it was so for many years. Today the isthmus is gone, displaced by the shallow Bering Strait and the Diomede Islands, and the strait is only fifty-six miles across.

They were already cultivating more than forty plants unknown in the Old World. They had been cultivating corn for tens of thousands of years. Long-fiber cotton was already developed. Tobacco was being cultivated in the West Indies and in North and South America. Potatoes had been domesticated in Bolivia and Peru, tomatoes in Central America, and peanuts in South America. By the time Columbus arrived, the cultivation of many of these plants had spread throughout the Western Hemisphere from the northern reaches of Canada to Cape Horn.

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