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Cannibalism, Headhunting and Human Sacrifice in North America: A History Forgotten

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This riveting volume dispels the sanitized history surrounding Native American practices toward their enemies that preceded the European exploration and colonization of North America. "We abandon truth when we gloss over the clashes between Native Americans and Europeans, encounters of parties equally matched in barbarity," says George Franklin Feldman, "We neglect true hi ...more
Paperback, 249 pages
Published April 21st 2008 by Alan C Hood & Company
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Michael
Oct 15, 2015 Michael rated it liked it
Whelp, this book is what it claims in the title. A collection of different stories about a selection of tribes and Europeans in North America that partook in some rather hideous events. It was a good read in my opinion. Not jump off the pages keep you up half the night good, but it keeps you interested and is easy to read. If torture and violence is a touchy subject with you I would suggest reading something else. It is a kinda "forgotten" piece of North American history. Good book if you're int ...more
Criticalmick
Jul 26, 2009 Criticalmick rated it it was amazing

Nature is red in tooth and claw. Scholars who have looked past A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving into what really happened with the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock will know: human history is equally savage, bloody and brutal.



George Franklin Feldman uses original written accounts and archaeological evidence to illustrate the barbarity that is often cartooned out of American history books. The European explorers we have named parks, highways, towns, counties and
funky cars after were not on a five-year miss

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Paul
Sep 20, 2009 Paul rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: independent thinkers
This book is extremely interesting because it breaks away from the conventional treatment of the period when Europeans were taking over the New World and the time before the Europeans set foot in the Americas.

Author Feldman throws a monkey wrench into the fantasy that all was peaceful and lovely before the bearded beasts from across the Atlantic showed up. The stories Feldman tells illustrate a time (before and after the Europeans arrived) when (like Hobbes's description of the Dark Ages) life
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Christopher
Jun 16, 2015 Christopher rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I wish this book had come out when I was working on my capstone paper in undergrad-it would have been a fun addition source to add to my survey of Iroquois-Algonquian wars.

Its not lurid, and it is not condemning of cultures. This book is not a rage at history going soft on the Native Americans nor is it trying to re-establish the old narrative of savage brutes. Settlers are included in the descriptions of shocking acts. The author is clearly sympathetic to Native American history. It is simply t
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Timothy
Dec 07, 2013 Timothy rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
So I hesitated to read this book since I find the subject matter distasteful in the extreme. There are certain realms of human brutality that are difficult for me to handle. However, I quickly found that this book was not some lurid expose that sells based on shock value but a thoughtful investigation of the unfortunate extremes of human behavior and culture as well as culture conflict. Nevertheless, many of the first hand accounts cited in the text are graphic. I won't vouchsafe all of the auth ...more
Fredrick Danysh
This book claims to be about human sacrifice and cannibalism in North America. It pretty much addresses mostly second-hand reports of such behavior concentrating on the practices of the Natives while barely touching on the behavior of non-Native Americans.
Sherry
Sep 13, 2009 Sherry rated it it was amazing
This book is an eye-opener. It is documented thoroughly and accurately and teaches all mankind that living in peace with respect for one another far outweighs this barbaric, historic alternative.
Susan Gallagher
Jan 05, 2012 Susan Gallagher rated it really liked it
Quite a comprehensive and serious history lesson. More in-depth than I was anticipating, but enjoyable and very informative. Not for the squeamish.
John
Dec 22, 2012 John rated it liked it
Vivid and graphic without becoming macabe, well researched, Feldman produces a fine work of academic anthropology that is interesting as well as informative.
J.R.
Jun 14, 2009 J.R. rated it really liked it
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