THE SAC AND FOX INDIANS by Melissa McDaniel

THE SAC AND FOX INDIANS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This flawed volume in the Junior Library of American Indians series discusses the history and traditional lifestyle, practices, and attitudes of two closely linked tribes of the upper Midwest, the Sac and Fox. McDaniel (Stephen Hawking, 1994, not reviewed) makes special note of the role played by the embattled chief Black Hawk as white settlers moved West in the early 1800s, as well as--later on--the achievements of athlete Jim Thorpe, while only cursory mention is made of modern life. An eight-page, full-color photo essay of artifacts from traditional life adds to the attractiveness of the book. Large type, ample white space, and the number of black-and-white photos and reproductions promote easy reading. Words found in the glossary--an idiosyncratic selection, from deliberately, to renegade, to neutral--are italicized, but are often defined by the context as well; also appearing in italics are words in quotations requiring emphasis, which is confusing. These quotes, interesting in themselves and serving to further the text, lack attribution; no sources are included.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1995
Page count: 80pp
Publisher: Chelsea House