By Arnold Marquis
This ebook offers uncomplicated information regarding American Indians that each vacationer and armchair vacationer may wish or wish. half One is a quick account of the numerous assorted tribes within the decrease forty-eight states, detailing their cultures and lifeways, their family with the government, the pan-Indian flow, and modern writings and journalism. half bargains useful recommendation approximately traveling reservations and counsel in analyzing ceremonials and dances, paying for artwork and craftwork, and tenting on Indian lands. half 3 is an in depth, region-by-region consultant to the tribes and reservations, campgrounds, and often scheduled events.
Special sections checklist museums with very important collections of Indian artwork, crafts, and artifacts; organisations attracted to Indian affairs; and guides dedicated to tribal pursuits. there's additionally a gently chosen record of readings should you want to comprehend extra approximately America’s first citizens.
The publication is lavishly illustrated with pictures and maps designed to help the traveller who visits Indian Country.
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Page 26 They placed symbolic decorations on their weapons, their spears, arrows, war clubs, tomahawks, lances, and shields. So firm was their belief in symbols that they believed that, while their shields might not stop an enemy's thrust, the symbolic design on it certainly would. They applied symbolic designs to their horses and to themselves. They painted vivid circles around the horses' eyes and symbolic figures on the flanks. Many tribes decorated themselves with warpaint. Some even tattooed themselves.
The Delawares, Sacs, Foxes, Potawatomis, and several other tribes of America's northeastern woodlands suffered a fate similar to that of the Page 13 Pawnees. The pressure of white colonists forced them westward. They drifted to the Great Lakes and settled in what are now Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. But ultimately the white men came there, too, and the Indians were forced to cede their lands and move to Indian Territory. The land hunger of the white men was relentless. The Indians were forced to move, only to be forced to move again and again.
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A guide to America's Indians: ceremonials, reservations, and museums by Arnold Marquis