America in 1492: The World of the Indian Peoples Before the Arrival of Columbus

Alvin M. Josephy, Jr., Editor Alfred A. Knopf $35 (477p) ISBN 978-0-394-56438-8
To portray Native Ameican culture at the time of Columbus's first voyage to the West in 1492, Josephy ( Now That the Buffalo's Gone ) assembles noted writers and scholars (Vine Deloria Jr., N. Scott Momaday, Peter Nabokov et al.) in a concerted effort to quash myths and stereotypes. Original pieces describe various native cultures as they were 500 years ago, from those of nomadic Arctic hunters to the ``cannibal'' Caribs to the empire-building Aztecs and Incas. Other essays examine such topics as religion, language and art. Clara Sue Kidwell's contribution on systems of knowledge is particularly enlightening. Taken as a body, this remarkable work offers persuasive evidence that the Native American was far from the primitive figure often depicted in literature and film. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1992
Release date: 01/01/1992
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 496 pages - 978-0-679-74337-8
Prebound-Other - 477 pages - 978-1-4176-3382-1
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