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Native American Testimony: A Chronicle of Indian-White Relations from Prophecy to the Present

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In a series of powerful and moving documents, anthropologist Peter Nabokov presents a history of Native American and white relations as seen through Indian eyes and told through Indian voices: a record spanning more than five hundred years of interchange between the two peoples. Drawing from a wide range of sources - traditional narratives, Indian autobiographies, governme ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by Penguin Books (first published 1978)
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Oct 31, 2012 Tabitha rated it it was amazing
"There were twelve of us, but they are all dead now, except one sister. Most of them didn't even grow up. My big brother, Tom, and his wife were killed b the flu in 1917. I lost my own little boy thirty-five years ago. I was a hundred miles away, caught in a blizzard. A doctor couldn't be found for him soon enough. I was told it was measles. Last year I lost another baby boy, a foster child. This time they told me it was due to some intestinal trouble. So in a lifetime we haven't made much progr ...more
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Jan 02, 2016 Primer Press rated it really liked it
The idea of teaching literature is to fill in the gaps of history by including a voice to the narrative. It is not enough to say that in American history white Americans committed genocide and other atrocities against people of color. We have to hear the voices of those who were oppressed and survived, or didn’t survive. Teaching Native American history post-contact without the testimony of Native American people would be like teaching about the holocaust only by studying Hitler’s speeches then ...more
Dec 29, 2012 Bryan rated it it was amazing
An excerpt (Little Hill - Winnebago)
"It was not a good country. It was all dust. Whenever we cooked anything, it would be full of dust. We found out after a while we could not live there...There was not enough to eat. The first winter one party started down the Missouri River as far as Fort Randall, where they wintered. Before the superintendent left us (the first fall after we went there), he had a cottonwood trough made and put beef in it, and sometimes a whole barrel of flour and
Jul 19, 2012 Lance rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is fascinating and very enjoyable. It is not a book to sit down and read all at once, but in small doses. (I found it easy to read during lunch breaks) and then come back to it later, again and again. The book is as described testimonies Native Americans.
There is a lot of history in the book I have never considered and makes me want to read more of the Native American history.
The book also makes me wonder why anyone would trust the American government. It shows some of the e short si
Aug 10, 2015 Raphael rated it it was amazing
Great excerpts from the actual authors of their time, an amazing and eye-opening read...
Aug 23, 2009 Alcina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This took me months to read. The testimony is searing, and the editor/antholiger (just made that word up...) is good at contextualizing the testimony. It was a gripping read, at times, but I had to read it in sections and sometimes got lost... I would like to be in a class or group discussing how many things in the book are still relevant, like the relationship between archeologists and native peoples, and sacred places, and freedom of religion that is an earth religion...
Apr 12, 2009 Kathy rated it it was amazing
i learned so many things about native american and how they were treated. It is very depressing. i recommend this book so people can see where it all started and why things are the way they are today.
May 05, 2009 benquick rated it liked it
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Read this for my American Indian Studies class (diversity credit, yes!). Testimonials from various american indians on white relations very insightful and my teacher (full-blooded Chippewa) was a hoot.
Jason Lowe
Aug 09, 2011 Jason Lowe rated it really liked it
Was used as a text book for my American Indian History class. It uses narratives from American Indians to tell their stories. Very eye opening. I would recommend this whole heartedly.
Jan 16, 2010 Sympawtico rated it really liked it
This book is incredibly interesting, especially in the latter sections (which chronicle more recent treatment of Native Americans in America).
Sep 14, 2011 Paul rated it it was amazing
Please read this book. I read the first half. I'll read the second half in 5 or 6 years. 300 years of betrayal is a lot to process in one decade.
Aug 17, 2008 Miranda rated it it was ok
Another book I am reading for a college course. It to has some interesting information. It is a bit tough for me to read ...
Andrea Robinson
Dec 08, 2014 Andrea Robinson rated it it was amazing
Great book of history and personal stories of Native Americans and their experiences.
Apr 20, 2012 Natalie rated it it was amazing
Really interesting, easy to read, thought provoking.
Dec 18, 2008 Michael rated it liked it
Shelves: natives
The best part is the Indian response to Hippies.
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Jan 28, 2016 Jonathan Belle rated it it was amazing
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Eye opening , shocking and humbling
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Peter Nabokov is professor of American Indian Studies and World Arts and Cultures at UCLA. His previous books include A Forest of Time, Native American Testimony, Native American Architecture (with Robert Easton), Indian Running, Two Leggings: The Making of a Crow Warrior, and Architecture of Acoma Pueblo
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