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An Introduction to Native North America

5th Edition

By Mark Q. Sutton

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430 pages

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An Introduction to Native North America provides a basic introduction to the Native Peoples of North America, covering what are now the United States, northern Mexico, and Canada. It covers the history of research, basic prehistory, the European invasion and the impact of Europeans on Native cultures. A final chapter covers contemporary Native Americans, including issues of religion, health, and politics.

In this updated and revised new edition, Mark Q. Sutton has expanded and improved the existing text as well as adding a new case study, updated the text with new research, and included new perspectives, particularly those of Native peoples.

Featuring case studies of several tribes, as well as over 60 maps and images, An Introduction to Native North America is an indispensable tool to those studying the history of North America and Native Peoples of North America.

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Reviews

The 5th edition of Sutton's An Introduction to Native North America is truly impressive, and may be the most thorough treatment of the subject that's currently available for college and university coursework. It contains a nice balance of ethnographic and contemporary information, providing the reader with a broad overview of pre contact, early historical, and modern Native lifeways, challenges, and accomplishments.

- Professor Brooke Arkush, Weber State University, USA

Table of Contents

Preface ix

What’s New in This Edition?

Acknowledgements

1 Introduction 

The Geography of North America 

Culture Areas 

Ethnography and Ethnology

Native North Americans 

A Brief History of Research on Native North Americans 

A General Prehistory of North America 

2 European Invasion 

The Norse Discovery 

Columbus and the Early Exploration of North America 

European Colonies in North America 

A Brief History of Governmental Policies Toward Native Americans 

The Cultural and Biological Impacts of European Intrusion

The Spanish Mission System 

The Fur Trade 

3 Native Peoples of the Arctic 

Geography and Environment 

A Basic Prehistory of the Arctic 

A Brief History of Ethnographic Research 

A Broad Portrait of Arctic Groups 

Learn More About Contemporary Arctic Peoples 

4 Native Peoples of the Subarctic 

Geography and Environment 

A Basic Prehistory of the Subarctic 

A Brief History of Ethnographic Research 

A Broad Portrait of Subarctic Groups 

Learn More About Contemporary Subarctic Peoples 

5 Native Peoples of the Plateau 

Geography and Environment 

A Basic Prehistory of the Plateau 

A Brief History of Ethnographic Research 

A Broad Portrait of Plateau Groups 

Learn More About Contemporary Plateau Peoples 

6 Native Peoples of the Northwest Coast 

Geography and Environment 

A Basic Prehistory of the Northwest Coast

A Brief History of Ethnographic Research 

A Broad Portrait of Northwest Coast Groups 

Learn More About Contemporary Northwest Coast Peoples

7 Native Peoples of the Great Basin 

Geography and Environment 

A Basic Prehistory of the Great Basin 

A Brief History of Ethnographic Research 

A Broad Portrait of Great Basin Groups 

Learn More About Contemporary Great Basin Peoples 

8 Native Peoples of California 

Geography and Environment 

A Basic Prehistory of California 

A Brief History of Ethnographic Research 

A Broad Portrait of California Indians 

Learn More About Contemporary California Peoples 

9 Native Peoples of the Southwest 

Geography and Environment 

A Basic Prehistory of the Southwest 

A Brief History of Ethnographic Research 

A Broad Portrait of Southwestern Pueblo Groups 

A Broad Portrait of Non-Pueblo Southwestern Groups 

Learn More About Contemporary Southwestern Peoples 

10 Native Peoples of the Plains 

Geography and Environment 

A Basic Prehistory of the Plains 

A Brief History of Ethnographic Research 

A Broad Portrait of Plains Groups 

Learn More About Contemporary Plains Peoples

11 Native Peoples of the Northeast 

Geography and Environment 

A Basic Prehistory of the Northeast 

A Brief History of Ethnographic Research 

A Broad Portrait of Northeastern Groups 

Learn More About Contemporary Northeastern Peoples 

12 Native Peoples of the Southeast 

Geography and Environment 

A Basic Prehistory of the Southeast 

A Brief History of Ethnographic Research 

A Broad Portrait of Southeastern Groups 

Learn More About Contemporary Southeastern Peoples 

13 Contemporary Issues 

Sovereignty and Decolonialism 

Internet Resources for Materials on Native Americans 

Glossary 

References and Suggested Readings 

Index

About the Author

Mark Q. Sutton is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Archaeological Research at California State University, Bakersfield.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS028000
HISTORY / Native American