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By Arnold Marquis

This ebook presents uncomplicated information regarding American Indians that each vacationer and armchair visitor may need or wish. half One is a quick account of the various diverse tribes within the reduce forty-eight states, detailing their cultures and lifeways, their family members with the government, the pan-Indian stream, and modern writings and journalism. half bargains necessary recommendation approximately traveling reservations and suggestions in examining ceremonials and dances, procuring artwork 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 often scheduled events.

Special sections checklist museums with very important collections of Indian artwork, crafts, and artifacts; firms drawn to Indian affairs; and courses dedicated to tribal pursuits. there's additionally a delicately chosen record of readings should you want to recognize extra approximately America’s first citizens.

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

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The Navajos, nomads and late-comers to the Southwest, learned pottery making from the Indians who had been settled in the region for a long time. Genuine Navajo pottery is often unsymmetrical and bulky and sometimes clumsy. The color is usually buff or black with no decoration. The Indians of Acoma Pueblo produce thin-walled, fragile, beautifully designed pottery. Some of it is incised in a gray-white, with bases and interiors of a rust color. San Ildefonso, the home of the famed María, has become noted for its ''black-on-black'' pottery.

In 1831 smallpox killed half of the tribe. Eighteen years later cholera killed twelve hundred more. By 1859 the tribe had been almost decimated. The survivors, weak, sick, and fragmented, were placed on a reservation in Nebraska. There more ill fortune struck them. The Sioux raided, robbed, and killed many of them. Grasshoppers plagued their crops, and droughts almost destroyed them. Enemy Indians killed the buffaloes, cruelly reducing their food supply, and later the whites agitated for their removal from the area altogether.

The Indians resisted this action. They feltand still feelthat their reservations are a priceless resource, their land, to be saved and protected. Throughout the nation Indians are striving to rescue their traditions, their culture, their languages. But since their languages are often unwritten and known to only a few, the attrition of time is obliterating them. When the elderly die, what they know of the language dies with them. Because traditional Indian life is fading, today everything that represents the Indian has become precious.

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