Books Should Be Free
Loyal Books
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
Search by: Title, Author or Keyword

Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 1   By: (1791-1854)

Book cover

Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 1 by James Athearn Jones is an extensive and insightful exploration into the rich cultural tapestry of indigenous North American tribes. Through meticulous research and firsthand accounts, Jones presents a comprehensive overview of the customs, beliefs, and histories of various Native American nations.

One of the most commendable aspects of this book is Jones' ability to present a broad range of traditions while maintaining a sense of respect and cultural sensitivity. His deep appreciation for Native American cultures shines through in his writing, as he takes great care to avoid generalizations or stereotypes. Instead, he emphasizes the diversity and complexity of each tribe, ensuring a nuanced understanding of the indigenous peoples covered.

The book is divided into distinct chapters, each dedicated to a specific tribe or group, allowing readers to delve into the intricacies of individual traditions. Jones' research is evident in the depth of information provided, including detailed descriptions of ceremonies, rituals, and social structures. His use of primary sources, such as interviews with tribal members, adds further credibility to his work.

Additionally, Jones does not shy away from addressing the impact of European colonization on indigenous communities. He discusses the devastating consequences faced by Native Americans, such as forced assimilation, displacement, and loss of cultural practices. By incorporating this historical context, he creates a well-rounded narrative that acknowledges the struggles as well as the resilience of these communities.

While the wealth of information presented can sometimes be overwhelming, Jones' writing style is accessible and engaging. He expertly balances academic rigor with captivating storytelling, making the book accessible to both scholars and general readers alike. Moreover, the inclusion of photographs, maps, and illustrations enhances the reading experience, providing visual references where necessary.

One minor limitation of the book is its heavy emphasis on the eastern tribes, with somewhat less coverage of western tribes. While this could be due to the focus of Jones' research or the availability of sources, a more balanced representation of North American indigenous cultures would have been preferable.

Overall, Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 1 is an invaluable resource that contributes significantly to the understanding and preservation of Native American traditions. James Athearn Jones' meticulous research, coupled with his respect for the subject matter, elevates this book beyond a mere collection of facts. It serves as a testament to the resilience, heritage, and indomitable spirit of the North American indigenous peoples.

First Page:

TRADITIONS OF THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS:

BEING

A SECOND AND REVISED EDITION OF

"TALES OF AN INDIAN CAMP."

BY

JAMES ATHEARN JONES.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

LONDON: HENRY COLBURN AND RICHARD BENTLEY, NEW BULINGTON STREET. 1830 F. SHOBERL, JUN., LONG ACRE.

[Illustration: Designed & Etched by W. H. Brooks, A. R. H. A. I bore her away in my arms from the battle of Warriors. page 23 . London, Published by Colburn & Bentley, April 1830 .]

TO

WASHINGTON IRVING, ESQ.

THESE VOLUMES ARE RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED BY HIS FRIEND AND COUNTRYMAN, THE AUTHOR.

ADVERTISEMENT.

It has been thought that the introduction prefixed to the first edition, and which was intended as a mere framework upon which to hang the traditions, was not satisfactorily contrived, and that the title did not set forth the true nature of the work. I think so myself, and have therefore suppressed that introduction, and given to the work a strictly accurate title. I have supplied the place of the introduction with a brief statement of the opportunities I have had of studying the Indian character, and with an exhibition of proofs of the genuineness of the traditions themselves. The public having been pleased to say that " if the matter was genuine, the manner was good," and that a successful attempt to "stamp the legends with the character of authenticity" would elevate them to the dignity of "historical records," I have been at some pains to collect and offer the required proofs... Continue reading book >>




eBook Downloads
ePUB eBook
• iBooks for iPhone and iPad
• Nook
• Sony Reader
Kindle eBook
• Mobi file format for Kindle
Read eBook
• Load eBook in browser
Text File eBook
• Computers
• Windows
• Mac

Review this book



Popular Genres
More Genres
Languages
Paid Books