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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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Tabitha
Oct 22, 2012 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
Rebecca
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Of all the books that I had to read for my Native American Lit class, I liked this one the best. I was particularly fond of the format throughout the text. Each chapter began with a few pages of American Indian history on a particular topic, which was then followed by Indian autobiographies. This book provided an in depth look at North America's darker past that can't be found in a typical history textbook. ...more
Sineke Elzinga
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
A shocking retelling of American history that counters the dominant American narrative. The multiple Native American perspectives show a history of (cultural) genocide, betrayal and forced assimilation. Even though painful, this book is also an homage to the resilience and endurance of Native American cultures that are still so very much alive today!
Rachel Jackson
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There are not many occasions in which I don't want books to end. Sure, lots of books reel me in in certain ways, but it takes a rare emotional connection with a book for me to actually feel anguish that a book ended so soon. Native American Testimony ended about 26 years too soon, with its first-hand accounts ending before the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas, when, of course, there is still much talk that has happened since that point. If editor Peter Nabokov ...more
Andrew Angel
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read only half of it but it was a very good account of how we have betrayed these people and stolen everything from them.
Ronn
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not easy reading, but it was worthwhile and time well spent. The most amazing thing to me is that these narratives were recorded at all and still exist.
Craig Sanscrainte
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you want a honest, tragic and insightful way to learn about Native American history and culture. This is your book.
Suzanne
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Eye opening and thought provoking, these testimonials by Native Americans tell a tragic and ultimately hopeful story of a vanquished people struggling to exist alongside their opponents.
Robin Harwick
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read. The perspective that is frequently missing in US "his"-story classes. ...more
Bryan
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
EXCELLENT!
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 a
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Lance
Jul 19, 2012 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
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Vicki
Sep 22, 2016 added it
Preliminary comments: this book is for school, a class in Native American literature. This is a really fascinating topic, the history of our country and the relationship (or lack thereof) with the people that were here when the white Europeans arrived. This particular book has the testimonies in print handed down through oral tradition so that you can read first-hand accounts and also the stories passed down through the generations about the events that were going on as far back as the 16th and ...more
Alcina
Aug 22, 2009 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...
David Harris
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Most Americans' knowledge of American history is through the eyes of the white majority who settled that. This book carefully gathers together a wealth of stories from numerous different tribes, and it covers five main periods of history from Columbus to the present time. I highly recommend it. ...more
benquick
May 05, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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 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.
Diana
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Free Leonard Peltier.
Doris Raines
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: doris-shelf
I. Love. This. Story. It. Really. Deserve. 5. Stars.
Sympawtico
Jan 16, 2010 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).
Michael
Dec 18, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: natives
The best part is the Indian response to Hippies.
Miranda
Mar 10, 2008 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 ...
Raphael
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great excerpts from the actual authors of their time, an amazing and eye-opening read...
Jonathan
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Eye opening , shocking and humbling
Paul
Aug 24, 2010 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. ...more
Kellen
Mar 25, 2009 rated it liked it
You arent interested, but I was.
Andrea Robinson
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great book of history and personal stories of Native Americans and their experiences.
Natalie
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Really interesting, easy to read, thought provoking.
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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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