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By Arnold Marquis

This publication offers uncomplicated information regarding American Indians that each vacationer and armchair vacationer may wish or wish. half One is a short account of the various diversified tribes within the reduce forty-eight states, detailing their cultures and lifeways, their kinfolk with the government, the pan-Indian stream, and modern writings and journalism. half deals useful recommendation approximately traveling reservations and counsel in examining ceremonials and dances, deciding to buy artwork and craftwork, and tenting on Indian lands. half 3 is an in depth, region-by-region consultant to the tribes and reservations, campgrounds, and often scheduled events.

Special sections checklist museums with very important collections of Indian artwork, crafts, and artifacts; organisations attracted to Indian affairs; and guides dedicated to tribal pursuits. there's additionally a delicately chosen checklist of readings if you want to be aware of extra approximately America’s first citizens.

The e-book is lavishly illustrated with images and maps designed to help the visitor who visits Indian Country.

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National Park Service, Pipestone National Monument. By that time the Indians had been smoking for a thousand years or more. From South America or the West Indies its use spread across the Western Hemisphere. The Indians cultivated tobacco and blended it. It became part of their religion, part of their medicine, an indispensable symbol of their diplomacy. In the beginning it is likely that they simply burned the aromatic leaves as incense. The fragrant smoke became a religious symbol. For ritual purposes they burned it in stone containers or urns.

Of these nearly 22,000 were in the army, 2,000 were in the navy, about 800 were in the marines, and the balance were enlisted in other services. Of the 3,600 Navajos in the army in World War II more than half were in the Signal Corps. They made history in communications, transmitting messages in the Navajo language, a code the enemy never broke. They served in the air force, many as pilots. The casualty rates among the In- Page 23 dians were appalling, more than three times the rates suffered by the whites.

Some were nomadsthe Navajos, Apaches, Cheyennes, Arapahoes, and Comancheshunting and raiding and warring. Some, like the Kansas, the Omahas, Kiowas, Poncas, and Pawnees, were migrants, moving slowly from area to area. Others were driven out of their regions by more powerful tribes and were obliged to find other places to live. But most were displaced by the pressure of the white man. The Navajos and the Apaches, formidable nomads, hunters, and raiders, drifted down from the North (members of their linguistic family, the Athapascans, still live in Canada and Alaska).

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