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The Sacred Wisdom of the American Indians

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This authoritative guide to Native American tribal and sacred traditions stretches from Apache to Zuni. Beautifully illustrated with a wealth of historic documentary photographs, as well as brilliant images of crafts, landscapes, and art, The Sacred Wisdom of the American Indians provides more than just a fascinating overview of Native history, belief, and culture:  it is ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Watkins
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Fusun Dulger charles
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
Booooring! I usually take three days to a week to read a book, it took me three weeks and three days to finish this one? And only 392 pages! I am very interested in American Indian History and I must admit I did learn a few thing from this book. The pictures are lovely.
It felt like reading a School Manual.
With such an interesting subject I feel that Mr. Zimmerman, the author, could have produced a more readable and fascinating book, what I call a page turner.
This book is definitely not it!
Crystal Hunter
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Interesting book, but I was somewhat disappointed. It is good as a primer-type introduction to native American history, culture, customs, and issues.
Michele
This book is an overview of the spiritual outlook and way of life of Indigenous Americans. This is not a history book, but is is a cultural survey full of photos and illustrations. Beautiful hardcover.
John Hanscom
Oct 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
If a person want's a good, introductory text dealing with Native culture and spirituality, this is it. Unfortunately, as I live in Alaska and regularly interact with Native Alaskans, this was far too general for me. For example, until a chart at the end, he wrote as if all "Eskimo's were Inuit, and spoke of theInuit in Alaska. We have a few, but most are in Canada. By far, Alaska "Eskimos" are Inupiat and Yu'pik. On page 268, he mentions a singing group, Pamyua, and calls them Inuit. I have met ...more
Jason Walker
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
The creators of this book obviously spent a lot of time matching photos to events: this book is photo heavy. On the other hand, the book is filled with those things that you might not suspect. You will go through the typical maps and photos of landscapes of the prairies and mountains, but each is connected to a quote or thought expressed. I think the author wanted those to also illuminate the reading. I did not read this as an interactive book, just a solid, in-your-hand book, The photography is ...more
Terri
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Some really good information and great pictures.
Rose
Sep 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: slow-read
Overall a good, general reference book on the subject. This had unfortunately sections of very repetitive information and I felt could have benefited from more archaeological reference.
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