By Arnold Marquis

ISBN-10: 0806111488

ISBN-13: 9780806111483

This publication offers simple information regarding American Indians that each vacationer and armchair vacationer may need or wish. half One is a quick account of the numerous varied tribes within the decrease forty-eight states, detailing their cultures and lifeways, their kinfolk with the government, the pan-Indian move, and modern writings and journalism. half bargains precious suggestion approximately traveling reservations and information in examining ceremonials and dances, procuring paintings and craftwork, and camping out on Indian lands. half 3 is a close, region-by-region consultant to the tribes and reservations, campgrounds, and often scheduled events.

Special sections record museums with very important collections of Indian paintings, crafts, and artifacts; enterprises drawn to Indian affairs; and guides dedicated to tribal pursuits. there's additionally a gently chosen checklist of readings in the event you want to understand extra approximately America’s first citizens.

The publication is lavishly illustrated with images and maps designed to assist the traveller who visits Indian Country.

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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. In every way they sought to express their feelings, their hopes and prayers, their visions of good times to come, their courage and compassion, their battle exploits and victories, their coups, their scalpings. In their arts and crafts they reflected the world around them.

The beat and the rhythm of the tom-toms are symbolic of other times and other events. Smoking is deeply symbolic to the Indian. The long ceremonial pipe, the calumet, is a symbol of peace. Among the Sioux and other Indian tribes the pipe is regarded as divine, a gift of the sun to man. As such it is smoked only on occasions when momentous decisions hang in the balance. Indian pipes, like other symbols, are decorated with meaningful designs, and the pipes are protected and carried in bundles or in special bags, some of them richly ornamented.

Who, then, are these strangers among us, where did they come from, and what is their status today? The "problem" has spawned many myths, many distortions, many misconceptions, and countless outrages. What most of us know about Indians is hearsay, including the way they have been depicted in the media. We have been bombarded by nonsense. This is almost a paradox, for there is a vast body of excellent literature about Indians. In fact, the literature is so formidable as to be almost overwhelming.

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