Indians of North Carolina

Indians of North America

Book 33
Somerset Publishers, Inc.
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There is a great deal of information on the native peoples of the United States, which exists largely in national publications. Since much of Native American history occurred before statehood, there is a need for information on Native Americans of the region to fully understand the history and culture of the native peoples that occupied North Carolina and the surrounding areas. Indians of North Carolina fills this void that exists in many library collections. Articles on tribes and nations indigenous to, or associated with, the state and region are included in this work. Biographies, daily life and general subject articles of Native Americans are included in this unique set. Many recorded Indian Treaties with the government of the United States from as early as the 1700s are also included in this work.
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Somerset Publishers, Inc.
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Jan 1, 1999
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The Volcano Is Our Home

When Alan Akana realized he had missed the gift of hearing many of his familys stories, his search for his history became a gift to all his readers. The Volcano is Our Home introduces us in a very personal way to the influences that shaped Hawaii from an isolated group of islands inhabited by remarkable people with a unique and beautiful culture into the tourist mecca known today by travelers from all over the world. The author takes you to the real Hawaii, so that you may walk these islands with new understanding of the lost way of life of those who have gone before. You will journey over 250 years with a Hawaiian family, guided by their connection to the land, each other and a rich spiritual realm. You will join them on the slopes of Kilauea Volcano as they confront the arrival of each new wave of changefrom Captain Cook to the missionaries, to the overthrow of the kingdom, to the 50th State, to the 21st century. Alan Akana is one of the current generation of Hawaiians who has perfected the art of talking story.

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An Excerpt from the Book:

My ancestors simply could not ignore the goddess who lived among

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NATIVE PEOPLES A TO Z is abundantly illustrated with hundreds of images and maps, many in color. NATIVE PEOPLES A TO Z covers the Native Peoples of all areas of the Western Hemisphere, carefully explaining the differences in culture, history and social organization. Major topics include language, religion, the arts, sports, and games. Many of the articles were written by Native American scholars. Reviews by notable Native Peoples scholars:

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-Professor Gretchen Ronnow, Wayne State College, Nebraska

"This Encyclopedia is a wonderful idea. The coverage is very impressive and the tone very consistent. A very welcome research tool”
-Professor Kathleen Sands, Arizona State University

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November is National Native American Heritage Month in the United States, and June is National Aboriginal History Month in Canada. Students, faculty and the general public will be searching for new reference materials that highlight the significant cultural customs and contributions of the indigenous peoples. NATIVE PEOPLES A TO Z presents the diverse experiences of the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

NATIVE PEOPLES A TO Z provides compelling samples of indigenous Art, culture, literature and history.NATIVE PEOPLES A TO Z will allow students, faculty and the public a heightened awareness and understanding of how these diverse indigenous cultures and their unique tribal traditions have positively affected current culture and society.
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From New Yorker staff writer David Grann, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.
      Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.
      In this last remnant of the Wild West—where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the “Phantom Terror,” roamed—many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection.  Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. 
      In Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating.
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