Native Americans

Native Americans

A Visual Exploration

Book - 2013
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A dynamic visual snapshot of North America's first peoples, from the prehistoric era to today." Packed with exciting infographics that capture the history and culture of Native Americans in the U.S. and Canada, this compact and innovative approach decodes information simply and clearly.
Publisher: Toronto : Annick Press, c2013
ISBN: 9781554514854
Branch Call Number: 970.004 PAL 2013
Characteristics: 48 pages : color illustrations, maps
Additional Contributors: Loring, Kevin

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jul 04, 2013

I don’t think it’s possible to make an infographic book of Native American statistics that is without its problems. The very nature of the idea itself is rife with difficulties, after all. Still, I look at other books that have covered the territory that Paleja has covered here, and I can’t help but find them lacking. Either their scope is too small (just looking at The United States / a section of the country / a moment in history, etc.) or they bore the reader to tears. Paleja in turn gives us a book that generalizes even as it specifies. It’s obviously not perfect, but it’s the best we’ve seen in a very long time and for that reason alone I think it’s notable. Worth looking at. Worth considering.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jul 04, 2013

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jul 04, 2013

“Native American people are as different as the land they come from.” So begins Kevin Loring, winner of the 2009 Canadian Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama and a member of the Nlaka’Pamux First Nation in British Columbia. As he explains, the topic of this book is gigantic, so the author has touched on many basic aspects of Native American lives in order to inspire further reading. Using every graph, chart, word cloud, and statistic available, author/illustrator S.N. Paleja delves into Origins, Tribes and Society, Plants and Animals, Culture, Making Contact, and Modern Day topics chapter by chapter. We look at the wide variety of housing depending on climates and needs, place names we use today, the top languages as of 2012 (Navajo is king), sports, population shifts and much much more. In closing Paleja includes a Selected Bibliography of up-to-date sources, a section of Further Reading for young eyes, and an Index.

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