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By David Treuer. 2019
FINALIST FOR THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE A NEW YORK TIMES… BESTSELLER Named a best book of 2019 by The New York Times, TIME, The Washington Post, NPR, Hudson Booksellers, The New York Public Library, The Dallas Morning News, and Library Journal. "Chapter after chapter, it's like one shattered myth after another." - NPR "An informed, moving and kaleidoscopic portrait...?reuer's powerful book suggests the need for soul-searching about the meanings of American history and the stories we tell ourselves about this nation's past.." - New York Times Book Review, front page A sweeping historyand counter-narrativeof Native American life from the Wounded Knee massacre to the present. The received idea of Native American historyas promulgated by books like Dee Brown's mega-bestselling 1970 Bury My Heart at Wounded Kneehas been that American Indian history essentially ended with the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. Not only did one hundred fifty Sioux die at the hands of the U. S. Cavalry, the sense was, but Native civilization did as well. Growing up Ojibwe on a reservation in Minnesota, training as an anthropologist, and researching Native life past and present for his nonfiction and novels, David Treuer has uncovered a different narrative. Because they did not disappearand not despite but rather because of their intense struggles to preserve their language, their traditions, their families, and their very existencethe story of American Indians since the end of the nineteenth century to the present is one of unprecedented resourcefulness and reinvention. In The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, Treuer melds history with reportage and memoir. Tracing the tribes' distinctive cultures from first contact, he explores how the depredations of each era spawned new modes of survival. The devastating seizures of land gave rise to increasingly sophisticated legal and political maneuvering that put the lie to the myth that Indians don't know or care about property. The forced assimilation of their children at government-run boarding schools incubated a unifying Native identity. Conscription in the US military and the pull of urban life brought Indians into the mainstream and modern times, even as it steered the emerging shape of self-rule and spawned a new generation of resistance. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee is the essential, intimate story of a resilient people in a transformative era.
By Claire Eamer. 2018
As the Earth's climate continues to warm, the permafrost melts, glaciers are receding and ice patches are shrinking. It is… a unique time on our planet, one that has resulted in a treasury of preserved organic material (e.g., caribou droppings and human and animal remains) and inorganic artifacts (e.g., tools and clothing) is being revealed by the big melt, providing us with entirely new information about how people and animals lived up to several thousand years ago. But it's a race against time for archaeologists because as soon as the objects begin to thaw, they also begin to disintegrate. Grades 4-7.
By Alicia Elliott. 2019
In an urgent and visceral work that asks essential questions about Native people in North America while drawing on intimate… details of her own life and experience with intergenerational trauma, Alicia Elliott offers indispensable insight and understanding to the ongoing legacy of colonialism. What are the links between depression, colonialism and loss of language--both figurative and literal? How does white privilege operate in different contexts? How do we navigate the painful contours of mental illness in loved ones without turning them into their sickness? How does colonialism operate on the level of literary criticism? A Mind Spread Out on the Ground is Alicia Elliott's attempt to answer these questions and more. In the process, she engages with such wide-ranging topics as race, parenthood, sexuality, love, mental illness, poverty, sexual assault, gentrification, writing and representation. Elliott makes connections both large and small between the past and present, the personal and political--from overcoming a years-long history with head lice to the way Native writers are treated within the Canadian literary industry; her unplanned teenage pregnancy to the history of dark matter and how it relates to racism in the court system; her childhood diet of Kraft dinner to how systematic oppression is linked to depression in Native communities. With deep consideration and searing prose, Elliott extends far beyond her own experiences to provide a candid look at our past, an illuminating portrait of our present and a powerful tool for a better future. Bestseller. 2019.
By Cora J. Voyageur. 2018
In a series of inspirational profiles, Cora Voyageur celebrates 100 remarkable Indigenous Albertans whose achievements have enriched their communities, the… province, and the world. As a child, Cora rarely saw Indigenous individuals represented in her history textbooks or in pop culture. Willie Nelson sang “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys,” but Cora wondered, where were the heroes who looked like her? She chose the title of her book in response, to help reflect her reality. In fact, you don’t have to look very hard to find Indigenous Albertans excelling in every field, from the arts to business and everything in between. Cora wrote this book to ensure these heroes receive their proper due. Some of the individuals in this collection need no introduction, while others are less well known. From past and present and from all walks of life, these 100 Indigenous heroes share talent, passion, and legacies that made a lasting impact. Read about: Douglas Cardinal, the architect whose iconic, flowing designs grace cities across Alberta, across Canada, and in Washington, DC, Nellie Carlson, a dedicated activist whose work advanced the cause of Indigenous women and the education of Indigenous children, Alex Janvier, whose pioneering work has firmly established him as one of Canada’s greatest artists, Moostoos, “The Buffalo,” the spokesperson for the Cree in Treaty 8 talks who fought tirelessly to defend his People’s rights, And many more.
By Douglas Hunter. 2018
In 1936, long before the discovery of the Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows, the Royal Ontario Museum made a… sensational acquisition: the contents of a Viking grave that prospector Eddy Dodd said he had found on his mining claim east of Lake Nipigon. The relics remained on display for two decades, challenging understandings of when and where Europeans first reached the Americas. In 1956 the discovery was exposed as an unquestionable hoax, tarnishing the reputation of the museum director, Charles Trick Currelly, who had acquired the relics and insisted on their authenticity. Drawing on an array of archival sources, Douglas Hunter reconstructs the notorious hoax and its many players. Beardmore unfolds like a detective story as the author sifts through the voluminous evidence and follows the efforts of two unlikely debunkers, high-school teacher Teddy Elliott and government geologist T.L. Tanton, who find themselves up against Currelly and his scholarly allies. Along the way, the controversy draws in a who?s who of international figures in archaeology, Scandinavian studies, and the museum world, including anthropologist Edmund Carpenter, whose mid-1950s crusade against the find?s authenticity finally convinced scholars and curators that the grave was a fraud. Shedding light on museum practices and the state of the historical and archaeological professions in the mid-twentieth century, Beardmore offers an unparalleled view inside a major museum scandal to show how power can be exercised across professional networks and hamper efforts to arrive at the truth.
By Hans Baumann. 1962
The discovery of the cave at Lascaux in 1940 by four boys and a dog is described by the author,… who also tells of other picture caves discovered by boys and girls. For junior and senior high readers. 1962. Uniform title: Höhlen der grossen Jäger.
By Patricia Lauber. 1985
Discusses the human mummies of Egypt and how they were preserved, the discovery of a frozen mammoth in Siberia and… the mummies of Peru. For junior and senior high readers. 1985.
By Alan Honour. 1961
By Donalda Badone. 1992
By Charlotte Wilcox. 2000
Describes various mummies preserved by glaciers, deserts, peat bogs and mountains from all over the world. Explains why anthropologists study… these remains and what scientists learn from them. Conflicting attitudes toward the dead are discussed. For grades 4-7. 2000.
By Marc Aronson, Adrienne Mayor. 2015
Traces the research scientist co-author's explorations in Greece and the Gobi Desert for the origins of the mythical griffin, relating… the story of the ancient Scythians and the griffins that were said to have guarded their treasure. Grades 2-4. 2015.
By Shelley Tanaka. 1996
In 1991, two hikers discovered the remains of a Stone Age Man over 5,000 years old in the Alps. Be… transported back to the Iceman's ancient world - find out who he was, how he lived, and how he died on a mountain ridge. Grades 3-6. 1996.
By Lesley Grant. 1991
Bones can do many things. They help you to play. Some people make jewellery out of them. Plus, they're alive!… Bones can also tell us a lot about our bodies and the world around us. Included in this book are activities that will help you learn about bones and all the things they can teach us! Several tactiles illustrating the shapes of various bones are included. Grades 3-6. 1991.
By Jill Rubalcaba, Eric H Cline, Sarah S Brannen. 2011
After retelling a legend of the Trojan War based on Homer's Iliad the authors profile the archaeologists who have sought… to excavate the remains of the city of Troy, beginning with amateur Heinrich Schliemann. For grades 5-8 and older readers. Some descriptions of violence. c2011.
By Mildred Mastin Pace, Tom Huffman. 1974
By Shelley Tanaka, Peter Brand. 1999
Four mummies, from a mighty pharaoh to a poor weaver, are studied scientifically to reveal the lives and times of… these three-thousand-year-old people. Also describes embalming and mummification, life in ancient Egypt, and the scientific techniques now used to study mummies. Grades 3-6. 1999.
By James Giblin. 1990
Before the discovery of the Rosetta Stone in 1799, Egyptian hieroglyphic writing -- composed of pictures of animals, birds, and… geometric shapes -- was a mystery. For nearly 1400 years the meanings had been lost. The author chronicles the fascinating story of how the stone was discovered and, after countless attempts, finally deciphered by scholars. Grades 5-8 and older readers. 1990.
By Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld. 2007
When the pharaohs of Egypt died, they were mummified and buried in pyramids and tombs with all their riches. But… as centuries passed, the tombs were looted and the pharaohs' gold stolen. Then Howard Carter found the greatest Egyptian treasure trove of all - the tomb of King Tut's mummy! But did the amazing treasure come with a deadly curse? Grades 2-4. 2007.
By Joseph Jay Deiss. 1974
Reconstructs the summer day in 79 a.d. when Mount Vesuvius erupted, destroying the town of Herculaneum. Tells of the rediscovery… of the town and the exciting archaeological digs of recent centuries. Grades 5-8. 1974.
By Robert Livesey. 1993
Who were the original native peoples who lived in what is now Canada? Where and how did they live? What… were their legends and myths, heroes and gods? The authors move from east to west, providing the history and folklore of seven native nations. Activities and a crossword puzzle are included. Grades 5-8. 1993. (Discovering Canada series)