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American Indians   By: (1858-1933)

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American Indians


Frederick Starr

D. C. Heath & Co., Publishers

Boston, New York, Chicago



Preface. I. Some General Facts About Indians. II. Houses. III. Dress. IV. The Baby And Child. V. Stories Of Indians. VI. War. VII. Hunting And Fishing. VIII. The Camp Fire. IX. Sign Language On The Plains. X. Picture Writing. XI. Money. XII. Medicine Men And Secret Societies. XIII. Dances And Ceremonials. XIV. Burial And Graves. XV. Mounds And Their Builders. XVI. The Algonkins. XVII. The Six Nations. XVIII. Story Of Mary Jemison. XIX. The Creeks. XX. The Pani. XXI. The Cherokees. XXII. George Catlin And His Work. XXIII. The Sun Dance. XXIV. The Pueblos. XXV. The Snake Dance. XXVI. Cliff Dwellings And Ruins Of The Southwest. XXVII. Tribes Of The Northwest Coast. XXVIII. Some Raven Stories. XXIX. Totem Posts. XXX. Indians Of California. XXXI. The Aztecs. XXXII. The Mayas And The Ruined Cities Of Yucatan And Central America. XXXIII. Conclusion. Glossary Of Indian And Other Foreign Words Which May Not Readily Be Found In The English Dictionary. Index. Footnotes


Map Showing Former Location of Important Indian Groups of North America, North of Mexico: North.


Map Showing Former Location of Important Indian Groups of North America, North of Mexico: South.

This Little Book About American Indians Is Dedicated To Bedros Tatarian


This book about American Indians is intended as a reading book for boys and girls in school. The native inhabitants of America are rapidly dying off or changing. Certainly some knowledge of them, their old location, and their old life ought to be interesting to American children.

Naturally the author has taken material from many sources. He has himself known some thirty different Indian tribes; still he could not possibly secure all the matter herein presented by personal observation. In a reading book for children it is impossible to give reference acknowledgment to those from whom he has drawn. By a series of brief notes attention is called to those to whom he is most indebted: no one is intentionally omitted.

While many of the pictures are new, being drawn from objects or original photographs, some have already appeared elsewhere. In each case, their source is indicated. Special thanks for assistance in illustration are due to the Bureau of American Ethnology and to the Peabody Museum of Ethnology at Cambridge, Mass.

While intended for young people and written with them only in mind, the author will be pleased if the book shall interest some older readers. Should it do so, may it enlarge their sympathy with our native Americans.


Mandan Chief in Full Dress. (After Catlin.)


We all know how the native Americans found here by the whites at their first arrival, came to be called Indians . Columbus did not realize the greatness of his discovery. He was seeking a route to Asia and supposed that he had found it. Believing that he had really reached the Indies, for which he was looking, it was natural that the people here should be called Indians.

The American Indians are often classed as a single type. They are described as being of a coppery or reddish brown color. They have abundant, long, straight, black hair, and each hair is found to be almost circular when cut across. They have high cheek bones, unusually prominent, and wide faces. This description will perhaps fit most Indians pretty well, but it would be a great mistake to think that there are no differences between tribes: there are many... Continue reading book >>

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