The absorbing story of the first people to set foot in North America and the many cultures of their descendants.
For thousands of years nomadic people from east Asia followed caribou walking east. Sometime around 20,000 BCE, they crossed the land bridge into North America. These waves of people are the ancestors to every culture on the continent. Tony Aveni, whose expertise is the scientific, mathematical, and cultural accomplishments of the first Americans, celebrates the disparate cultures by highlighting one or two from each region of the country: the Taino, the Iroquois, the Adena, the Anasazi, the Kwakiutl, and the Timucua.
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I chose this book because I have been looking for a good book about different Native American cultures. This book appealed to me because it is broken up into sections about different Native American tribes, with many pictures, diagrams and inserted information. It is also written in plain language to try and help the reader understand and relate to distant cultures. While reading this book I began to ask myself, is it ok to cater to young readers so much as to ignore controversy in history, and to make up stories up individuals that could have potentially happened? After reading Witchunt by Aronson, I am now very critical of books that don't ask the reader to also put their historian hat on and understand that we don't know everything.The other issue I had was that this book lends towards sensationalism, with plenty of exclamation marks and catchy lines. However, aside from these drawbacks, the book has many of great supporting details, and pictures of artifacts which make the topic come to life. Further, the authors tone is in explaining the accomplishments of Native Americans, and debunks misconceptions held by colonizers of the time, and people today. I am really interested in the sections where the author explains the archealogical process and finidings. This gives the reader context for understanding how this information has been discovered over time, and archeology is just plain fascinating.