Indians of the Americas Author:Matthew W. Stirling, National Geographic Society From the dust jacket: "Whooping, hard-riding Sioux massing to annihilate Custer...hideously painted Iroquois falling upon a peceful settlement to burn, kill and scalp...today's Pueblos making blankets, pottery, and ornaments...Such familiar Indian figures move across these 432 pages. Here presented however is a much broader picture from the 37,0... more »00 year span of the aboriginal American.
The pattern of these peoples is as varied as the arctic snows, deserts, plains, woodlands, mountains, and tropic jungles in which they lived. The American Indian was many things: skilled agriculturist whose staircase farms climbed with gargantuan steps into Andean clouds...astronomer...nomad...architect...weaver...artist, potter, priests and poet. He was an engineer who bridged mountain chasms, built 10,000 miles of South American roads rivaling those of Rome...he was a skilled general like Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce, whose 1,000 mile retreat compares with Xenonphon's strategic masterpiece. The Indian was emperor, legislator, witch doctor, dramatist, and gifted orator."
Illustrated with over 300 color and black and white photographs and paintings.« less