The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas, Volume 1, Issues 1-2

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Bruce G. Trigger, Wilcomb E. Washburn
Cambridge University Press, 1996 - 1072 pages
Publisher description: The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas, Volume II: Mesoamerica (Part One), gives a comprehensive and authoritative overview of all the important native civilizations of the Mesoamerican area, beginning with archaeological discussions of paleoindian, archaic and preclassic societies and continuing to the present. Fully illustrated and engagingly written, the book is divided into sections that discuss the native cultures of Mesoamerica before and after their first contact with the Europeans. The various chapters balance theoretical points of view as they trace the cultural history and evolutionary development of such groups as the Olmec, the Maya, the Aztec, the Zapotec, and the Tarascan. The chapters covering the prehistory of Mesoamerica offer explanations for the rise and fall of the Classic Maya, the Olmec, and the Aztec, giving multiple interpretations of debated topics, such as the nature of Olmec culture. Through specific discussions of the native peoples of the different regions of Mexico, the chapters on the period since the arrival of the Europeans address the themes of contact, exchange, transfer, survivals, continuities, resistance, and the emergence of modern nationalism and the nation-state.
 

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Contents

Native views of history I
1
IO The greater Southwest and California from the beginning
57
Native peoples in EuroAmerican historiography
61
The Northwest from the beginning of trade with
117
The first Americans and the differentiation of hunter
125
Folsom points
137
Map of Eastern Archaic sites
147
Archaic points
153
Map of the Southwest with major precontact sites
206
Indigenous farmers 2O i
224
river valleys and the 120day frostfree line
236
I3 The Northern Interior 16oo to modern times
259
Agricultural chiefdoms of the Eastern Woodlands
267
North America in the sixteenth
325
I4 The Arctic from Norse contact to modern times
329
Native people and European settlers in eastern North
399

Map of Plains Archaic sites
164
Western semisubterranean earth lodge house
175
Map of Northwest Coast and Plateau precontact sites
181
Map of Arctic precontact archaeology
190
The expansion of European colonization to the Mississippi
461
Index to Part 2
475
Index to Part 1
539
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