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By Arnold Marquis

This booklet presents simple information regarding American Indians that each vacationer and armchair tourist may wish or wish. half One is a quick account of the numerous varied tribes within the decrease forty-eight states, detailing their cultures and lifeways, their family members with the government, the pan-Indian circulation, and modern writings and journalism. half deals necessary recommendation approximately vacationing reservations and assistance in examining ceremonials and dances, purchasing artwork and craftwork, and camping out on Indian lands. half 3 is an in depth, region-by-region advisor to the tribes and reservations, campgrounds, and frequently scheduled events.

Special sections checklist museums with very important collections of Indian artwork, crafts, and artifacts; firms drawn to Indian affairs; and courses dedicated to tribal pursuits. there's additionally a gently chosen record of readings in the event you want to understand extra approximately America’s first citizens.

The booklet is lavishly illustrated with images and maps designed to help the vacationer who visits Indian Country.

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Ultimately they reached the Bering land bridge, the isthmus linking Asia with North America. The isthmus was a wide land bridgepossibly a number of bridgesand it was so for many years. Today the isthmus is gone, displaced by the shallow Bering Strait and the Diomede Islands, and the strait is only fifty-six miles across. Even after the bridge had disappeared, it was easily navigable in small boats. The aboriginals came in small groups of families and possibly in bands, but not in large contingents.

The remnants at last settled in Nebraska. By 1887 most American Indians had been settled on reservations. That year Congress passed the General Allotment (the-Dawes Act). It provided for Indian lands to pass from tribal ownership to individual Indian ownership. About-thirty million acres were allotted to individual Indians. The land remaining after the allotments were made was opened to white settlement. Today little more than one million acres remains in the hands of individual Indians. Page 14 The Basketmakers When the southwestern Indians learned how to plant corn (maize) and cultivate and harvest it, the course of their life changed.

As the leaves smoldered, the smoke curled upward, and the Indians unavoidably inhaled some of it. It was a pleasant experience. The fragrance was rich. The smoke, their sacred offering, their message to the gods, was entering their very bodies. From this it was only a step to inhaling the divine smoke and devising pipes for the purpose. The early pipe bowls were huge, a foot or so high. Some weighed ten to twelve pounds or more. The bowls were hewn into many forms; some were effigies of animals and even human beings in sitting or crouching positions.

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