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Longhouses by Raymond Bial
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Aug 18, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, indian
Recommended for: Malinda
Read in August, 2010

_Longhouses_ is part of Bial's series "American Community," which includes such titles as _Cowtowns_ and _Frontier Settlements_. Among the 80+ books he has authored is a series of Native American books called "Lifeways" for Marshall Cavendish. That earlier series includes a book on Iroquois Indians, the subject of this book. He begins with a description of the Longhouses, the villages, the clans, and so on, but the book also includes descriptions of pre-contact daily life and an historical update. To give you an idea of the level of detail, here's an example from the section called "Handicrafts": "Women cleverly used the cornstalks, cobs,and husks for making useful objects. They hollowed out and plugged dry stalks to make bottles for storing medicines. . . . Rough cobs made good darts, as well as scrub brushes and hole stoppers. Women shredded dry cornhusks to make filling for pillows and mattresses or wove husks into trays, baskets, mats, and slippers." There is an index, a glossary of Iroquois terms, a time line, and suggestions for further reading and website exploration, all of which make the book more useful for classroom teaching.
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