Journals Higher Education



Published: 12 February 2009

544 Pages | 84 halftones, 68 line illustrations, and 16 maps


ISBN: 9780195367409

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This Land Was Theirs

A Study of Native North Americans

Ninth Edition

Wendell H Oswalt

  • This text is the only survey of North American Indians to focus on specific groups representative of culture areas. Each chapter focuses on a specific tribe and culture area, providing students with a clear picture of the general geographical and cultural adaptations of that region
  • Both traditional and contemporary ways of life are presented in holistic detail, providing an overview of the key changes in native cultures from pre-contact to the present
  • Oswalt's extensive fieldwork in all the regions discussed in the text allows him to relate the history of each tribe to their contemporary situation and informs students of the continuity of tribal life
  • More than 150 illustrations and chapter-opening native poems or songs make the peoples of each chapter come alive, providing readers with a look at both historic and current depictions of people and their culture
  • Abundant pedagogical aids include maps of each region discussed, a glossary, a pronunciation guide, and two appendixes - one a guide to the different artifact types discussed in the text, and the other an expansive listing of additional resources for learning about Native North Americans
  • The ninth edition offers expanded coverage of the Navajo, of the transcontinental railroad's impact on Western Indian life, and of contemporary issues on reservations

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