Historical Dictionary of Early North America

Historical Dictionary of Early North America

by Cameron B. Wesson

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Those unfamiliar with the prehistory of North America have a general perception of the cultures of the continent that includes Native Americans living in tipis, wearing feathered headdresses and buckskin clothing, and following migratory bison herds on the Great Plains. Although these practices were part of some Native American societies, they do not adequately represent the diversity of cultural practices by the overwhelming majority of Native American peoples. Media misrepresentations shaped by television and movies along with a focus on select regions and periods in the history of the United States have produced an extremely distorted view of the indigenous inhabitants of the continent and their cultures. The indigenous populations of North America created impressive societies, engaged in trade, and had varied economic, social, and religious cultures. Over the past century, archaeological and ethnological research throughout all regions of North America has revealed much about the indigenous peoples of the continent. This book examines the long and complex history of human occupation in North America, covering its distinct culture as well as areas of the Arctic, California, Eastern Woodlands, Great Basin, Great Plains, Northwest Coast, Plateau, Southwest, and Subarctic. Complete with maps, a chronology that spans the history from 11,000 B.C. to A.D. 1850, an introductory essay, more than 700 dictionary entries, and a comprehensive bibliography, this reference is a valuable tool for scholars and students. An appendix of museums that have North American collections and a listing of archaeological sites that allow tours by the public also make this an accessible guide to the interested lay reader and high school student.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810865518
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/19/2004
Series: Historical Dictionaries of Ancient Civilizations and Historical Eras , #15
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Cameron B. Wesson is an associate professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His primary research focus is the political economy of the Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands. He is the director of a long-term archaeological research project investigating the nature of Woodland period and Mississippian period archaeological sites in central Alabama. He is the author of numerous articles on the archaeology of southeastern North American and the forthcoming book, Households and Hegemony: Early Creek Prestige Goods, Symbolic Capital, and Social Power.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Editor's Foreword
Chapter 2 Acknowledgments
Chapter 3 Reader's Note
Chapter 4 Acronyms and Abbreviations
Chapter 5 Maps
Chapter 6 Chronology
Chapter 7 Introduction
Chapter 9 Appendix A: Museums with North American Collections
Chapter 10 Appendix B: Major North American Archaeological Sites Available for Public Tours
Chapter 11 Bibliography
Chapter 12 About the Author

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