Native Americans

The indigenous peoples of the Americas are the pre-Columbian inhabitants of the Americas, their descendants, and many ethnic groups who identify with those peoples. They are often also referred to as Native Americans, First Nations and by Christopher Columbus' historical mistake Indians, modernly disambiguated as the American Indian race, American Indians, Amerindians, Amerinds or Red Indians. It's now considered racially insensitive to call this race "Red Indians".

According to the still-debated New World migration model, a migration of humans from Eurasia to the Americas took place via Beringia, a land bridge which formerly connected the two continents across what is now the Bering Strait. These early Paleoamericans soon spread throughout the Americas, diversifying into many hundreds of culturally distinct nations and tribes. According to the oral histories of many of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, they have been living there since their genesis, described by a wide range of traditional creation accounts.

Application of the term "Indian" originated with Christopher Columbus, who thought that he had reached India (his original destination). This served to imagine a kind of racial or cultural unity for the aboriginal peoples of the Americas. Once created, the unified "Indian" was codified in law, religion, and politics. The unitary idea of "Indians" was not originally shared by indigenous peoples, but many now embrace the identity.

While some indigenous peoples of the Americas were historically hunter-gatherers, many practiced aquaculture and agriculture. The impact of their agricultural endowment to the world is a testament to their time and work in reshaping, taming, and cultivating the flora indigenous to the Americas. Some societies depended heavily on agriculture while others practiced a mix of farming, hunting, and gathering. In some regions the indigenous peoples created monumental architecture, large-scale organized cities, chiefdoms, states, and massive empires.

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Atlas of Indian Nations
by Anton Treuer
from National Geographic
for 8th-Adult
in Historical & Cultural Atlases (Location: G6B-HIS)
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Atlas of the North American Indian
by Carl Waldman
1st edition from Facts On File
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in Native Americans (Location: G4C-HIS)
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Attack at Michilimackinac 1763
by David Armour
from Mackinac State Historic Parks
for 8th-12th grade
in Exploration (1450-1900) (Location: G3B-HIS)
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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
by Dee Brown
from Holt McDougal
for 9th-Adult
in Native Americans (Location: G4C-HIS)
Captain Cort├ęs Conquers Mexico
World Landmark #45
by William Johnson
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in World Landmark Books (Location: VIN-LAN)
First Houses: Native American Homes and Sacred Structures
by Jean Guard Monroe, Ray A. Williamson
from Houghton Mifflin
for 6th-12th grade
in Houses & Homes (Location: G7B-HIS)
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Geronimo: Wolf of the Warpath
Landmark #81
by Ralph Moody
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in American Landmark Books (Location: VIN-LAN)
In the Hands of the Cave Dwellers
by G. A. Henty
from Robinson Curriculum
for 6th-10th grade
in G. A. Henty Books (Location: FIC-HEN)
Indian How Book
by Arthur C. Parker
Unknown from Dover Publications
for 4th-9th grade
in Native Americans (Location: G4C-HIS)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Life and Death of Crazy Horse
by Russell Freedman
from Scholastic Inc.
for 7th-10th grade
in Gilded Age (1865-1918) (Location: G5E-HIS)
Native America on the Eve of Discovery
by Suzanne Strauss Art
from Pemblewick Press
for 6th-9th grade
in Ancient America (Location: HIS-ANCAME)
Navajo Code Talkers
by Nathan Aaseng
from Walker and Company
for 6th-9th grade
in World War II (1939-1945) (Location: HIS-20CWW2)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
North American Indian Burial Customs
by Dr. H. C. Yarrow
First Edition from Eagle's View Publishing
for 6th-Adult
in Native Americans (Location: G4C-HIS)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Ojibway Indians - Coloring Book
by Chet Kozlak
from Minnesota Historical Society Press
for 3rd-9th grade
in Native Americans (Location: G4C-HIS)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Path to the Pacific
Sterling Point Books
by Neta Lohnes Frazier
from Sterling Publishing Co.
for 5th-9th grade
in Lewis & Clark (Location: HIS-19CAL&C)
Path to the Pacific
by Neta Lohnes Frazier
from Quarto Knows
in Biographies (Location: O1A-BIO)
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Sequoyah and the Cherokee Alphabet
by Robert Cwiklik
from Avyx, Inc.
for 7th-10th grade
Streams to the River, River to the Sea
by Scott O'Dell
from Houghton Mifflin
Historical Fiction for 7th-9th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
Walk the World's Rim
by Betty Baker
from Sonlight Curriculum, Ltd.
Historical fiction for 5th-9th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
$7.00 (1 in stock)