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The Resource Encounters at the heart of the world : a history of the mandan people, Elizabeth A. Fenn

Encounters at the heart of the world : a history of the mandan people, Elizabeth A. Fenn

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Encounters at the heart of the world : a history of the mandan people
Title
Encounters at the heart of the world
Title remainder
a history of the mandan people
Statement of responsibility
Elizabeth A. Fenn
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A book that radically changes our understanding of North America before and after the arrival of Europeans Encounters at the Heart of the World concerns the Mandan Indians, iconic Plains people whose teeming, busy towns on the upper Missouri River were for centuries at the center of the North American universe. We know of them mostly because Lewis and Clark spent the winter of 1804-1805 with them, but why don't we know more? Who were they really? In this extraordinary book, Elizabeth A. Fenn retrieves their history by piecing together important new discoveries in archaeology, anthropology, geology, climatology, epidemiology, and nutritional science. Her boldly original interpretation of these diverse research findings offers us a new perspective on early American history, a new interpretation of the American past. By 1500, more than twelve thousand Mandans were established on the northern Plains, and their commercial prowess, agricultural skills, and reputation for hospitality became famous. Recent archaeological discoveries show how they thrived, and then how they collapsed. The damage wrought by imported diseases like smallpox and the havoc caused by the arrival of horses and steamboats were tragic for the Mandans, yet, as Fenn makes clear, their sense of themselves as a people with distinctive traditions endured. A riveting account of Mandan history, landscapes, and people, Fenn's narrative is enriched and enlivened not only by science and research but by her own encounters at the heart of the world"--
Summary
Draws on important new discoveries in a range of disciplines to chronicle the history of the Mandan Native Americans while sharing revisionist perspectives about their thriving commercial and agricultural practices before European diseases decimated their culture
Writing style
Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2014.
  • Pulitzer Prize for History, 2015.
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10297900
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DLC
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1959-
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Fenn, Elizabeth A.
Dewey number
305.897/522
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E99.M2
LC item number
F46 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Mandan Indians
  • Mandan Indians
  • Mandan Indians
  • HISTORY / Native American
  • HISTORY / United States / Colonial Period (1600-1775)
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a history of the Mandan people
Label
Encounters at the heart of the world : a history of the mandan people, Elizabeth A. Fenn
Link
http://www.netread.com/jcusers2/bk1388/395/9780809042395/image/lgcover.9780809042395.jpg
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1005019
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xix, 456 pages
Isbn
9780809042395
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013032994
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780809042395
Label
Encounters at the heart of the world : a history of the mandan people, Elizabeth A. Fenn
Link
http://www.netread.com/jcusers2/bk1388/395/9780809042395/image/lgcover.9780809042395.jpg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1005019
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xix, 456 pages
Isbn
9780809042395
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013032994
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780809042395

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