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Encyclopedia of native tribes of North America /
Michael Johnson ; color plates by Richard Hook.
edition
3rd ed.
imprint
Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, c2007.
description
320 p. : ill. (some col.), maps, ports. ; 32 cm.
ISBN
1554073073, 9781554073078
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, c2007.
isbn
1554073073
9781554073078
general note
Originally published as: Native tribes of North America.
local note
Victoria University Library copy donated by The Friends of Victoria University Library.
catalogue key
6397474
 
Gift to Victoria University Library. Friends of Victoria University Library. 2008/05/29.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 284-285) and index.
A Look Inside
Excerpts
Introduction or Preface
Excerpted from the IntroductionIn 1993 the first edition of this book was published; it was very different to this version in presentation and content. To begin with, economic exigencies meant the book was produced in black and white and the excellent color illustrations, so meticulously prepared by Richard Hook, were reproduced in a short central section, divorced from their captions. A new edition allowed the publisher to separate these paintings, integrate them with the text, and -- where possible -- increase their size. Richard Hook has touched-up and added to most of them to ensure that this separation is effected well and a selection of new paintings has been included.Second, the photographs -- again produced in black and white and in sections in the first book -- have been integrated with the text and much additional material has been added. Where possible it has been added in color, although the age of many of the original photographs precludes this. The photographs show a broader range of time than in the first edition, with many more recent images: the story of the Native Americans, so long considered effectively to have ended following their displacement by settlers, is in fact a continuing reality: census figures show that numbers of enrolled Indians are increasing, although these increases may not be purely for natural reasons. The discovery of mineral resources, the erection of casinos and the benefits of tourism have all contributed to increasing wealth for some Native American populations; this increase in wealth has seen an increase of per capita enrollment leading to the questionable rise in populations.The third form of illustration, the maps, has altered most in this edition -- they are now fully colored, a few minor errors have been corrected and new maps have been added.So, the presentation and design of the book have changed considerably; additionally, the body text has been corrected and updated: a few typographical errors have been corrected and there has been updating of current information and population figures particularly in the light of Census 2000, and close work with the Canadian authorities. The short section "The Indian Today" has been substantially altered. The reference section at the end of the book has also seen significant changes. The bibliography has been expanded, as has the glossary, illustrated with specially commissioned artifact photography by Simon Clay. There are brief sections on museums and websites that concentrate on, or have major exhibits concerning Indians and the history of North America.Finally, census figures are provided at the end of the book to give an indication of population levels in the United States and Canada, and a detailed index replaces the functional list of tribes from the first edition.
Introduction or Preface
Excerpted from the Introduction In 1993 the first edition of this book was published; it was very different to this version in presentation and content. To begin with, economic exigencies meant the book was produced in black and white and the excellent color illustrations, so meticulously prepared by Richard Hook, were reproduced in a short central section, divorced from their captions. A new edition allowed the publisher to separate these paintings, integrate them with the text, and -- where possible -- increase their size. Richard Hook has touched-up and added to most of them to ensure that this separation is effected well and a selection of new paintings has been included. Second, the photographs -- again produced in black and white and in sections in the first book -- have been integrated with the text and much additional material has been added. Where possible it has been added in color, although the age of many of the original photographs precludes this. The photographs show a broader range of time than in the first edition, with many more recent images: the story of the Native Americans, so long considered effectively to have ended following their displacement by settlers, is in fact a continuing reality: census figures show that numbers of enrolled Indians are increasing, although these increases may not be purely for natural reasons. The discovery of mineral resources, the erection of casinos and the benefits of tourism have all contributed to increasing wealth for some Native American populations; this increase in wealth has seen an increase of per capita enrollment leading to the questionable rise in populations. The third form of illustration, the maps, has altered most in this edition -- they are now fully colored, a few minor errors have been corrected and new maps have been added. So, the presentation and design of the book have changed considerably; additionally, the body text has been corrected and updated: a few typographical errors have been corrected and there has been updating of current information and population figures particularly in the light of Census 2000, and close work with the Canadian authorities. The short section "The Indian Today" has been substantially altered. The reference section at the end of the book has also seen significant changes. The bibliography has been expanded, as has the glossary, illustrated with specially commissioned artifact photography by Simon Clay. There are brief sections on museums and websites that concentrate on, or have major exhibits concerning Indians and the history of North America. Finally, census figures are provided at the end of the book to give an indication of population levels in the United States and Canada, and a detailed index replaces the functional list of tribes from the first edition.
First Chapter

Excerpted from the
Introduction

In 1993 the first edition of this book was published; it was very different to this version in presentation and content. To begin with, economic exigencies meant the book was produced in black and white and the excellent color illustrations, so meticulously prepared by Richard Hook, were reproduced in a short central section, divorced from their captions. A new edition allowed the publisher to separate these paintings, integrate them with the text, and -- where possible -- increase their size. Richard Hook has touched-up and added to most of them to ensure that this separation is effected well and a selection of new paintings has been included.

Second, the photographs -- again produced in black and white and in sections in the first book -- have been integrated with the text and much additional material has been added. Where possible it has been added in color, although the age of many of the original photographs precludes this. The photographs show a broader range of time than in the first edition, with many more recent images: the story of the Native Americans, so long considered effectively to have ended following their displacement by settlers, is in fact a continuing reality: census figures show that numbers of enrolled Indians are increasing, although these increases may not be purely for natural reasons. The discovery of mineral resources, the erection of casinos and the benefits of tourism have all contributed to increasing wealth for some Native American populations; this increase in wealth has seen an increase of per capita enrollment leading to the questionable rise in populations.

The third form of illustration, the maps, has altered most in this edition -- they are now fully colored, a few minor errors have been corrected and new maps have been added.

So, the presentation and design of the book have changed considerably; additionally, the body text has been corrected and updated: a few typographical errors have been corrected and there has been updating of current information and population figures particularly in the light of Census 2000, and close work with the Canadian authorities. The short section "The Indian Today" has been substantially altered. The reference section at the end of the book has also seen significant changes. The bibliography has been expanded, as has the glossary, illustrated with specially commissioned artifact photography by Simon Clay. There are brief sections on museums and websites that concentrate on, or have major exhibits concerning Indians and the history of North America.

Finally, census figures are provided at the end of the book to give an indication of population levels in the United States and Canada, and a detailed index replaces the functional list of tribes from the first edition.

Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2008-01-01:
Newly expanded by more than 70 pages from the original 1994 publication, this substantial reference remains one of the most elaborately illustrated books on Native Americans now in print. Divided into ten region-categorized chapters, it offers a one- to two-paragraph description of the many tribes living within recognized regional boundaries. The color plates, previously located in a separate section, now appear beside relevant textual passages. Period and cultural artifact photographs have been added. Highly recommended for North American historical and ethnographic collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2008-04-01:
Newly expanded and redesigned (2nd ed., 1999; 1st ed., CH, Jun'94, 31-5210), this heavily illustrated encyclopedia provides concise information about Native peoples north of the Rio Grande, including Canada. The volume is organized into ten regionally based culture areas (Northwestern Woodlands, Southeastern Woodlands, Plains and Prairie, Plateau, Great Basin, California, Southwest, Northwest Coast, Subarctic, and Arctic); each area is introduced with general information on language, subsistence, religion, culture, and history. Entries for individual Native peoples range in length from one paragraph to, in a few instances, a few pages; they are arranged by language family, not alphabetically, making access unwieldy. Visual information about material culture, traditional practices, and homelands is provided by color plates and maps; illustrations include reproductions, along with original works by illustrator Hook.An introductory essay synthesizes the prehistory of North America and its Native populations. Other chapters deal with classification of Indian languages (based on Powell's schema), cultural distribution, and museums; one is titled "The Indian Today." Detailed population tables for tribes in the US and Canada, a glossary, and selective bibliography round out the volume. The generally brief but accurate entries do not always note the preferred tribal names (e.g., "Tohono O'odham" is not in the entry or index for the Papago). The author has published several books and articles on Native North America, including previous collaborations with the illustrator. Although similar to other one-volume encyclopedias, the rich illustrations and supplemental sections make this volume worthwhile. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels. M. Cedar Face Southern Oregon University
Reviews
Review Quotes
Although similar to other one-volume encyclopedias, the rich illustrations and supplemental sections make this volume worthwhile. Recommended. All levels.
Excellent color photographs, maps, and a well-illustrated glossary.... School librarians will appreciate this book.
Excellent color photographs, maps, and a well-illustrated glossary....School librarians will appreciate this book, especially the colorful maps, charts, and photographs. It is quite easy to be dazzled by the photography.
Newly expanded by more than 70 pages from the original 1994 publication, this substantial reference remains one of the most elaborately illustrated books on Native Americans now in print... Highly recommended for North American historical and ethnographical collections.
Provides concise information about Native peoples north of the Rio Grande, including Canada... Although similar to other one-volume encyclopedias, the rich illustration and supplemental sections make this volume worthwhile. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels.
Revised and expanded, Johnson's Encyclopedia of Native Tribes of North America is a delight both to the eye and the pocketbook.... The fact that Firefly Books could do this exquisite volume for such a small price is to be commended. Recommended.
The fact that Firefly Books could do this exquisite volume for such a small price is to be commended. Recommended.
The rich illustration and supplemental sections make this volume worthwhile... Recommended. All levels.
The richly illustrated, large format volume includes new maps, additional and better presented historical and contemporary photographs.
The richly illustrated, large format volume includes new maps, additional and better presented historical and contemporary photographs, art by renowned illustrator Richard Hook, and summer tables (e.g., of Indian languages), essays on "The Indian Today" and museums with Indian art and material, 2000 Census and other data on the North American Indian population, and a glossary. Newly expanded by more than 70 pages from the original 1994 publication, this substantial reference remains one of the most elaborately illustrated books on Native Americans now in print. Divided into ten region-categorized chapters, it offers a one- to two-paragraph description of the many tribes living within recognized regional boundaries. The color plates, previously located in a separate section, now appear beside relevant textural passages. Period and cultural artifact photographs have been added. Highly recommended for North American historical and ethnographic collections.
This substantial reference remains one of the most elaborately illustrated books on Native Americans now in print.... Highly recommended.
A delight both to the eye and the pocketbook.... Recommended.
A delight to both eye and pocketbook... The indexing, greatly improved over that of the 1999 edition, includes tribe names, illustrations, and maps; and the cross-referencing between entries is also greatly improved... The expanded glossary is greatly enhanced by having the photographic examplees in place with the alphabetic entry. The quality of illustrations and photographs is excellent and is indeed the most improved part of the book.... The fact that Firefly Books could do this exquisite volume for such a small price is to be commended. Recommended for most types of libraries.
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Summaries
Main Description
Review of the previous edition: "A model of excellence in the art of reference volume publishing... Every public and school library... should acquire this treasure. It will remain the standard for many years to come." - Dr. James A. Clifton, Department of Anthropology, Western Michigan UniversityThis superb, fully illustrated reference offers the most up-to-date and essential facts on the identity, kinships, locations, populations and cultural characteristics of some 400 separately identifiable peoples native to the North American continent, both living and extinct, from the Canadian Arctic to the Rio Grande.The concise information is organized for easy use and covers all cultural/geographical regions: the Northeastern Woodlands, Southeastern Woodlands, Plains and Prairie, Plateau, Great Basin, California, Southwest, Northwest Coast, Subarctic and Arctic. Tribes are grouped by linguistic family. The spiritual beliefs and the role of Native Americans in history and modern culture are addressed in detail.More than 300 color and archival photographs, 21 regional maps and a dazzling portfolio of over 100 specially commissioned color illustrations give a dramatic visual introduction to the vast range of Native American culture. Population and settlement trends based on recent census figures paint detailed portraits of all officially recognized tribes. Appendices include the Powwow Trail and a list of museums holding Native American artifacts (including the new Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian).This is one of the most comprehensive, up-to-date and useful references on the subject and an important record of Native American peoples.
Main Description
Review of the previous edition: "A model of excellence in the art of reference volume publishing... Every public and school library... should acquire this treasure. It will remain the standard for many years to come." - Dr. James A. Clifton, Department of Anthropology, Western Michigan University This superb, fully illustrated reference offers the most up-to-date and essential facts on the identity, kinships, locations, populations and cultural characteristics of some 400 separately identifiable peoples native to the North American continent, both living and extinct, from the Canadian Arctic to the Rio Grande. The concise information is organized for easy use and covers all cultural/geographical regions: the Northeastern Woodlands, Southeastern Woodlands, Plains and Prairie, Plateau, Great Basin, California, Southwest, Northwest Coast, Subarctic and Arctic. Tribes are grouped by linguistic family. The spiritual beliefs and the role of Native Americans in history and modern culture are addressed in detail. More than 300 color and archival photographs, 21 regional maps and a dazzling portfolio of over 100 specially commissioned color illustrations give a dramatic visual introduction to the vast range of Native American culture. Population and settlement trends based on recent census figures paint detailed portraits of all officially recognized tribes. Appendices include the Powwow Trail and a list of museums holding Native American artifacts (including the new Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian). This is one of the most comprehensive, up-to-date and useful references on the subject and an important record of Native American peoples.
Table of Contents
Foreword
Introduction
Classification of Indian Languages
Distribution of Cultures
The Tribes
Northeastern Woodlands
Southeastern Woodlands
Plains and Prairie
Plateau
Great Basin
California
Southwest
Northwest Coast
Subarctic
Arctic
The Indian Today
Glossary
Select Bibliography
Museums
Native Populations
Index
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