THE AMERICAN INDIAN by Sydney E. Fletcher
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Artistically, this is the best of the group- and this despite the fact that Fletcher, known for his drawings of Indians, died before the job was completed and Aubrey Wells carried through his conception. From the end paper map showing the distribution of tribes over the United States (we hope you know your states by shape!), through the marginal sketches, the spot drawings, the head and tail pieces, reproduced in soft pencilled browns, the fine typography, the wide margins, the single column text layout-this is tops. The content material, too, meets a high standard. Like the Clayton Knight, the author approaches his subject in adult fashion, and covers an immense amount of material, historically, chronologically, as he traces the growing volume of information about the various tribes. He shows the differences and the similarities, in ways of life; he indicates the impact of the whites (though almost nothing is said of the contemporary Indian); he shows how archaeologists and cowboys have jointly added to our knowledge of the ""earliest Americans"". He goes into the Aztec civilization; the ancient settlers of the Southwest; the Five Nations of the Iroquois League; the Plains Indians, the highly civilized Cherokees, the primitive ""Diggers"" of the Northwest, the Eskimos, the Navahos, etc. A calender of ceremonials, a bibliography and an index add to reference value.

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap