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This handsomely illustrated introduction to North America's diverse indigenous cultures explores the powerful relationship between Native Americans and the land--a connection that is preserved in a rich tradition of storytelling. Presented here, in words and pictures, is a wealth of native artistry--beautifully decorated objects fashioned out of every conceivable gift of n This handsomely illustrated introduction to North America's diverse indigenous cultures explores the powerful relationship between Native Americans and the land--a connection that is preserved in a rich tradition of storytelling. Presented here, in words and pictures, is a wealth of native artistry--beautifully decorated objects fashioned out of every conceivable gift of nature. Here, too, are themes that have long fired the imagination: creation stories; dreams and visions; epic hero and trickster figures; the healing powers of shamans and holy people; sand paintings and medicine wheels; hunting ceremonies; and male and female rites of passage. These major topics, and many more, are interpreted visually through iconography, pattern, motif, and symbolism, as well as in terms of their underlying historical and spiritual significance. Written by a leading anthropologist, this is a striking survey of Native American cultural heritage. Larry J. Zimmerman, former Professor of Anthropology and Visiting Professor of American Indian and Native Studies at the University of Iowa, is now Head of Archaeology at the Minnesota Historical Society. He is also the author of "Native North America."


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This handsomely illustrated introduction to North America's diverse indigenous cultures explores the powerful relationship between Native Americans and the land--a connection that is preserved in a rich tradition of storytelling. Presented here, in words and pictures, is a wealth of native artistry--beautifully decorated objects fashioned out of every conceivable gift of n This handsomely illustrated introduction to North America's diverse indigenous cultures explores the powerful relationship between Native Americans and the land--a connection that is preserved in a rich tradition of storytelling. Presented here, in words and pictures, is a wealth of native artistry--beautifully decorated objects fashioned out of every conceivable gift of nature. Here, too, are themes that have long fired the imagination: creation stories; dreams and visions; epic hero and trickster figures; the healing powers of shamans and holy people; sand paintings and medicine wheels; hunting ceremonies; and male and female rites of passage. These major topics, and many more, are interpreted visually through iconography, pattern, motif, and symbolism, as well as in terms of their underlying historical and spiritual significance. Written by a leading anthropologist, this is a striking survey of Native American cultural heritage. Larry J. Zimmerman, former Professor of Anthropology and Visiting Professor of American Indian and Native Studies at the University of Iowa, is now Head of Archaeology at the Minnesota Historical Society. He is also the author of "Native North America."

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