Blood and land the story of native north america
Blood and Land: The Story of Native North America by J.C.H. KingBlood and Land is a personal view of the success and achievements of Native North America, and of todays challenges. It is about why Native Americans, First Nations and Arctic peoples matter today and why no understanding of the wider world is possible without comprehending the United States and Canada through their original inhabitants.
This dazzling, panoramic account introduces a deeply complex story, of myriad identities and determined ethnicities - from the desert Southwest to the high Arctic, from first contact between Europeans and Native Americans to the challenges of Native leadership to-day. Instead of writing achronological history, King confronts the reader with the paradoxes, diversity, and achievements of Native North America - the astonishing ingenuity and supple intelligence that have allowed, after suffering centuries of violence and dispossession, a striking level of recovery, optimism and autonomy in the 21st century.
Beautifully illustrated and filled with arresting and surprising stories, Blood and Land looks well beyond the feathers-and-failure narratives beloved by historians.
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I admire the chutzpah of this book. At a time when discussion of Native American history is hotly contested as never before, J. King has produced an explicitly western, door-stopping, piecemeal, post-contact panoramic outline of Native American cultural history. Happily, the author deems Native America a success. Indians across the world will no doubt be relieved at having passed this test. One can only imagine their response to being reassured that, collectively, they have helped the West with its ongoing problems imagining itself. Yet, given that the basic facts of Indian dispossession and cultural resilience are so often ignored, this book is to be welcomed.
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Richard West, Jr. He worked at the British Museum for nearly forty years. He has travelled extensively in North America, from the California Missions to Nunavut, and the Everglades to Point Barrow, working with many different Native people to understand cultures and to explain difficult histories for a general public. Blood and Land is a dazzling, panoramic account of the history and achievements of Native North Americans, and why they matter today. It is about why no understanding of the wider world is possible without comprehending the original inhabitants of the United States and Canada: Native Americans, First Nations and Arctic peoples. This highly personal book, based on years of travel and first-hand research in North America, introduces a deeply complex story, of myriad identities and determined ethnicities - from the desert Southwest to the high Arctic, from first contact between Europeans and Native Americans to the challenges of Native leadership today.