By Arnold Marquis

This e-book offers simple information regarding American Indians that each vacationer and armchair tourist may need or wish. half One is a quick account of the numerous varied tribes within the decrease forty-eight states, detailing their cultures and lifeways, their relatives with the government, the pan-Indian flow, and modern writings and journalism. half deals useful suggestion approximately vacationing reservations and tips in reading ceremonials and dances, paying for paintings and craftwork, and camping out on Indian lands. half 3 is a close, region-by-region consultant to the tribes and reservations, campgrounds, and frequently scheduled events.

Special sections record museums with very important collections of Indian paintings, crafts, and artifacts; enterprises drawn to Indian affairs; and courses dedicated to tribal pursuits. there's additionally a gently chosen checklist of readings in the event you want to be aware of extra approximately America’s first citizens.

The ebook is lavishly illustrated with images and maps designed to assist the vacationer who visits Indian Country.

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The Athapascan tribes were scattered from central Alaska and northwestern Canada to Mexico and from the Pacific Ocean to Hudson Bay. There were three main groups of Athapascans: the Northern, from the valleys of the Mackenzie River and the Yukon and eastward; the Pacific, in southwestern Oregon and northwestern California; and the Southernthe division we know bestin Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and parts of Colorado, Texas, and Mexico. The Siouan tribes were distributed from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains.

The Keresan-speaking groups may be the oldest established groups among the Pueblos. Among them are two different tongues, Eastern and Western Keresan. Eastern Keresan is spoken in Santo Domingo, Santa Ana, San Felipe, Cochití and in Zía. Western Keresan is spoken in Laguna and Acoma. The third language of the Pueblos is Zuñian, the language spoken at Zuñi Pueblo. Zuñian seems to be a linguistic family all its own, but some experts believe that it may be related to Tanoan. Another of the more important linguistic groups is Muskhogean, to which belong the Choctaws, Chickasaws, Creeks, and Seminolesthe Indians who lived in the Gulf Coast and southern Appalachian regions from the mouth of the Mississippi into Florida and Georgia and north to Tennessee and Kentucky.

The American Indians are not one people. The Indians are many peoples. In their veins run Mongolian blood, European blood, blood of the eastern Mediterranean races, even some African strains. Many of these strains were mingled in Asia thousands of years before the ancestors of the modern American Indians reached the New World. Before they came, there was not one human being in the entire Western Hemisphere. The first came across the Bering land bridge (now the Bering Strait) from Asia to the North American continent at least thirty-five thousand years ago, possibly earlier.

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