Title: Native Americans: American History: An Overview of “Native American History”-Your Guide To: Native People, Indians, & Indian History
Author: Louie Ross
Publisher: Louie Ross
Date of Publication: 30 April 2016
“All who have died are equal”
Most kids in school are taught that Columbus discovered America. But that is far from the reality though it has been taught over and over again. In fact Columbus discovered North America while looking for the Spice Islands thinking that he had reached India. This short guide spans over the entire history of Native Americans beginning with the Clovis-first theory. According to scientists the Clovis migrated south from Siberia because they were following their main food which was mastodons and mammoths. The book clears many long held wrong notions. One such little known fact is that Native Americans were actually a collection of several tribes each with its own set of customs and practices. Religiously based on Animism, they worshipped Nature in its physical forms and attributes. Their peaceful and secluded lives take an upside down turn when greedy foreigners come to invade and capture their land and natural resources that are exploited for goods production leaving a civilisation marred by violent atrocities.
The several tribes include Navajos, Apache, Cherokee and many more. The book details a lot about the art work and culture of each tribe and their doomsday prophecies. Several members of the tribes became a part of the confederacy for civil war as they had animosity towards the federal government for forcing them out of their native lands. However such recruits did face a lot of difficulties and discrimination. Case study of some such recruits is provided in the book that gives deeper details about individual experiences. It is their sense of unified brotherhood that is revealed through all their collaborations. Some famous Native Americans are mentioned in detail who went on to earn greater fame. The trial of tears, the battle of tallushatchee are only to name a few of the conflicts that they had to go through. Some myths are vehemently busted mostly related to Genesis and doomsday predictions including information about skin walkers, mermens and dwarves that revolves around tribal culture. Probably the most interesting part of the book is the final two chapters that include several proverbs relating to Native Americans and their much practiced medicinal techniques. This easy to read book can be enjoyed by readers of all ages.
Informative, fresh and enlightening.
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