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The Resource In the hands of the Great Spirit : the 20,000-year history of American Indians, Jake Page

In the hands of the Great Spirit : the 20,000-year history of American Indians, Jake Page

Label
In the hands of the Great Spirit : the 20,000-year history of American Indians
Title
In the hands of the Great Spirit
Title remainder
the 20,000-year history of American Indians
Statement of responsibility
Jake Page
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The story of the American Indians has, until now, been told as a 500-year tragedy, a story of violent and fatal encounters with Europeans and their diseases, followed by steady retreat, defeat, and diminishment. Yet the true story begins much earlier, and its final recent chapter adds a major twist. Jake Page, one of the Southwest's most distinguished writers and a longtime student of Indian history and culture, tells a radically new story, thanks to an explosion of recent archaeological findings, the latest scholarship, and an exploration of Indian legends. Covering no less than 20,000 years, In the hands of the Great Spirit will forever change how we think about the oldest and earliest Americans. Page explores every controversy, from the question of cannibalism among tribes, to the various theories of when and how humans first arrived on the continent, to what life was actually like for Indians before the Europeans came. Page dispels the popular image of a peaceful and idyllic Eden, and shows that Indian societies were fluid, constantly transformed by intertribal fighting, population growth, and shifting climates. Page uses Indian legends and stories as tools to uncover tribal origins, cultural values, and the meaning of certain rituals and sacred lands. He tells the story of contact with Europeans, and the multipower conflicts of the Seven Years War, the Revolutionary War, and the War of 1812, from the Indians' point of view. He explains the complex and shifting role of the U.S. government as expressed through executive decisions and through the role of the courts. Finally, he tells the fascinating story of the late-twentieth-century upsurge in Indian population and resources, which began as a social movement and exploded once casinos came into fashion
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Page, Jake
Dewey number
973.04/97
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E77
LC item number
.P14 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Paleo-Indians
  • Indians of North America
Label
In the hands of the Great Spirit : the 20,000-year history of American Indians, Jake Page
Link
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/fy036/2002035266.html
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 437-449) and index
Contents
Initial conditions -- Contact and response -- The reinvention of Indian America -- Indeh -- New deals
Control code
ocm50669878
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 464 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780684855769
Lccn
2002035266
Other physical details
ill., maps
Label
In the hands of the Great Spirit : the 20,000-year history of American Indians, Jake Page
Link
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/fy036/2002035266.html
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 437-449) and index
Contents
Initial conditions -- Contact and response -- The reinvention of Indian America -- Indeh -- New deals
Control code
ocm50669878
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 464 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780684855769
Lccn
2002035266
Other physical details
ill., maps

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