Native Peoples of North America
Susan Stebbins, University at Albany
Pub Date: 2013
ISBN 13: 9781942341024
Publisher: Open SUNY
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This is a well-written and interesting book. However, it is not organized according to specific tribal groups. Instead, the six chapters are thematically organized with examples from various tribes being used to illustrate variation or specific... read more
This textbook is a concise introduction to the study of Native peoples of North America (including the United States and Canada) from an anthropological perspective written for an intended audience of undergraduate students. Using examples from a... read more
It is a challenge to write a comprehensive text on First Nations in the U.S. and Canada. This is very comprehensive for an introductory text and covers many important terms and experiences. There is room for an instructor to expand on areas the... read more
Native peoples of North America presents an assessment of Indigenous peoples in the U.S and Canada from an anthropological perspective. As such, the text speaks to the discipline of Anthropology but also addresses the historical influence of... read more
As a brief text, It covers most areas and ideas of the subject with a few exceptions. I have iterated comments appropriately in each section, particularly in 'Relevancy'. read more
One difficulty with a review for this book is that it is suggested for use in an Introductory Anthropology course (by Schwarz, the book reviewer, not the author herself), as I will do next quarter, for use in an Introduction to Native Nations... read more
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1: In 1491…
- Chapter 2: All Our Relations
- Chapter 3: Resources and their Distribution
- Chapter 4: Status, Rank, and Power
- Chapter 5: Religion and Spiritual Beliefs
- Chapter 6: Is There a Word for Art?
About the Book
Native Peoples of North America is intended to be an introductory text about the Native peoples of North America (primarily the United States and Canada) presented from an anthropological perspective. As such, the text is organized around anthropological concepts such as language, kinship, marriage and family life, political and economic organization, food getting, spiritual and religious practices, and the arts. Prehistoric, historic and contemporary information is presented. Each chapter begins with an example from the oral tradition that reflects the theme of the chapter. The text includes suggested readings, videos, and classroom activities.
This text was updated September 2019; the changes are detailed in an errata section in the text.
About the Contributors
Dr. Susan Stebbins (Doctor of Arts in Humanities from the University at Albany) has been a member of the SUNY Potsdam Anthropology department since 1992. At Potsdam she has taught Cultural Anthropology, Introduction to Anthropology, Theory of Anthropology, Religion, Magic and Witchcraft, and many classes focusing on Native Americans, including The Native Americans, Indian Images and Women in Native America. Her research has been both historical (Traditional Roles of Iroquois Women) and contemporary, including research about a political protest at the bridge connecting New York, the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation and Ontario, Canada, and Native American Education, particularly that concerning the Native peoples of New York. She currently is the Special Assistant to the President for Diversity at SUNY Potsdam, where she continues to teach Native American Studies.