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Native American Testimony: A Chronicle of Indian-White Relations from Prophecy to the Present
Native American Testimony A Chronicle of Indian-White Relations from Prophecy to the Present Author:Peter Nabokov (editor) Subjects: — History >> Americas >> Native American >> General & Post-Columbus — History >> Americas >> United States >> General — History >> Americas >> General — Nonfiction >> Social Sciences >> General — From Publishers Weekly — Anthropologist Nabokov ( Two Leggings ) here reorganizes his impressive 1978 book of the same title and expands it with ad... more »ditional material on relations between Native Americans and whites to cover the reservation period of the mid-1800s to the present. This unique history is told in the voices of the vanquished Indians as they contemplate the whites' invasion of the continent and observe threats to their survival and that of their culture. Using government documents, recorded speeches, newspaper interviews and autobiographies, Nabokov revivifies the words of Sitting Bull, Ely Parker, Tecumseh and others as they speak on such themes as first encounters with Christianity, education in government schools and defiance of the status quo in the 1960s and '70s. Coupled with Nabokov's lucid lead-ins, the testimony recorded here offers a compelling alternative view of U.S. history. Photos not seen by PW.
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From Library Journal
From the author of the classic Two Leggings: The Making of a Crow Warrior ( LJ 6/15/67), this collection of documents, drawn from North American Indian oral culture and from government transcripts, reservation newspapers, and autobiographies, spans 500 years of interchange between Indians and whites. Based on sound ethnology, with eloquent and informed chapter introductions, it consists of two parts. The first nine chapters were originally published as Native American Testimony: An Anthology of Indian- White Relations; First Encounters to Dispossession (Crowell, 1978). This part begins with prophecies of white people's arrival and chronicles responses to explorers, traders, missionaries, settlers, and government presence. The earlier anthology has been expanded by the addition of a longer second part, "Reservation to Resurgence," in which materials up to the present are included. Here land allotment (the Dawes Act), old ways versus white ways, the Native American Church, patriotism, and "New Indian Wars" are observed. Frequent hopeless ness is described: in the words of a Crow elder, "Our hearts were on the ground." In the tradition of Charles Hamilton's Cry of the Thunderbird (1950), this book com plements Wilcomb E. Washburn's huge The American Indian and the United States ( LJ 4/15/74, o.p.); for the effectiveness of many oral transcriptions it may be compared with Virginia Irving Arm strong's I Have Spoken ( LJ 9/15/71). Native American Testimony is highly recommended.
- Margaret W. Norton, Fenwick High Sch., Oak Park, Ill.
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