This volume brings together an impressive collection of important works covering nearly every aspect of early Native American history, from contact and exchange to diplomacy, religion, warfare, and disease.
"Twenty-three essays by academics consider the historical, cultural, religious, and political circumstances of various Native American peoples." -- Publishers Weekly
"...these essays illuminate the experiences of different Native American groups as they have maintained their unique ethnic identities while dealing with the U.S. government...this work is highly recommended for public libraries and is absolutely essential for all academic libraries supporting programs in Native American studies or American History." -- Library Journal
"The collection contains rich empirical detail about cross-cultural encounters including case studies of warfare, criminal justice, trade, music, dances, shamanism, and witchcraft that could be usefully compared to similar episodes in other settler colony histories...For scholars and teachers interested in colonialism as a historical process, the sections on reservation cultures, gender, and cultural change offer the most developed and theoretically informed contributions
-Doris E. Janiewski, for the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History."