This history of Native Americans, from the period of first contact to the present day, offers an important variation to existing studies by placing the lives and experiences of Native American communities at the center of the narrative.
- Presents an innovative approach to Native American history by placing individual native communities and their experiences at the center of the study
- Following a first chapter that deals with creation myths, the remainder of the narrative is structured chronologically, covering over 600 years from the point of first contact to the present day
- Illustrates the great diversity in American Indian culture and emphasizes the importance of Native Americans in the history of North America
- Provides an excellent survey for courses in Native American history
- Includes maps, photographs, a timeline, questions for discussion, and "A Closer Focus" textboxes that provide biographies of individuals and that elaborate on the text, exposing students to issues of race, class, and gender