By Stephen J. Spignesi, Dorothy Lippert

Name them local american citizens, American Indians, indigenous peoples, or first international locations — an unlimited and numerous array of countries, tribes, and cultures populated each nook of North the USA lengthy ahead of Columbus arrived. Native American heritage For Dummies finds what's recognized approximately their pre-Columbian background and indicates how their presence, customs, and ideology stimulated every thing that used to be to stick with.

This uncomplicated advisor breaks down their ten-thousand-plus 12 months heritage and explores their impact on eu cost of the continent. You'll achieve clean perception into the key tribal international locations, their cultures and traditions, battle and well-known battles; and the lives of such icons as Pocahontas, Sitting Bull and Sacagawea. You'll notice:

• How and while the local American's ancestors reached the continent
• How tribes shaped and the place they migrated
• What North the USA used to be like ahead of 1492
• How local peoples maximized their environment
• Pre-Columbian farmers, fishermen, hunters, and traders
• The impression of Spain and France at the New World
• nice Warriors from Tecumseh to Geronimo
• How local American cultures differed around the continent
• local American religions and spiritual practices
• the beautiful effect of illness on American Indian populations
• glossy routine to reclaim local identity
• nice museums, books, and movies approximately local Americans

Packed with attention-grabbing evidence approximately practical and ceremonial garments, houses and shelters, boatbuilding, searching, agriculture, mythology, intertribal relatives, and extra, Native American historical past For Dummies offers a blinding and informative advent to North America's first population.

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