Author(s): Stephen J. Spignesi; Dorothy Lippert


Call them Native Americans, American Indians, indigenous peoples,or first nations ? a vast and diverse array of nations,tribes, and cultures populated every corner of North America longbefore Columbus arrived. Native American History For Dummiesreveals what is known about their pre-Columbian history and showshow their presence, customs, and beliefs influenced everything thatwas to follow.

This straightforward guide breaks down their ten-thousand-plusyear history and explores their influence on European settlement ofthe continent. You'll gain fresh insight into the major tribalnations, their cultures and traditions, warfare and famous battles;and the lives of such icons as Pocahontas, Sitting Bull andSacagawea. You'll discover:

  • How and when the Native American's ancestors reached thecontinent
  • How tribes formed and where they migrated
  • What North America was like before 1492
  • How Native peoples maximized their environment
  • Pre-Columbian farmers, fishermen, hunters, and traders
  • The impact of Spain and France on the New World
  • Great Warriors from Tecumseh to Geronimo
  • How Native American cultures differed across the continent
  • Native American religions and religious practices
  • The stunning impact of disease on American Indianpopulations
  • Modern movements to reclaim Native identity
  • Great museums, books, and films about Native Americans

Packed with fascinating facts about functional and ceremonialclothing, homes and shelters, boatbuilding, hunting, agriculture,mythology, intertribal relations, and more, Native AmericanHistory For Dummies provides a dazzling and informativeintroduction to North America's first inhabitants.

Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780470148419
  • : John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
  • : For Dummies
  • : 0.635029
  • : October 2007
  • : 2 Centimeters X 18.5 Centimeters X 23.5 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Stephen J. Spignesi; Dorothy Lippert
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 970.00497
  • : 388