This guide combines field research with accounts of tribal life to offer a new perspective on Native American history, culture and ritual. Covering nine million square miles and 25,000 years, it includes: insights into prehistoric early native cultures; information on more than 400 prehistoric sites; and contributions from Native American scholars, poets, and activists.
David Hurst Thomas has been a curator at the American Museum of Natural History for over twenty years and is a Founding Trustee of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. He has excavated hundreds of sites, has edited more than eighty volumes, and is the author of Archaeology (1998) and Archaeology: Down to Earth (1999).
"In Exploring Ancient Native America, author David Hurst Thomas...works hard to tell the story of ancient America "strictly in terms of places and artifacts you can see for yourself"...he seems eager to steer clear of the Eurocentric version of American history and enhances his fact-filled reports with perspectives from a host of Native American tribes...The work is scholarly but easy to read... This is not a tour book that tells you where to eat or where to stay or how to entertain yourself when you get there--unless you're one to feed on mystery, sleep with the stars and thrill to small revelations." -- Chicago Tribune
"...a fine guide which includes a healthy dose of Native American history along with basic ideas and instructions for locating archaeological sites." -- Midwest Book Review