John Upton Terrell,
American Indian Almanac
(Barnes & Noble, 1998)

American Indian Almanac is a reference manual of the prehistoric American Indians.

John Upton Terrell divides the United States into 10 geographical regions based upon distinct culture types, climate and ecological differences, and customs and beliefs. The sections are: "Southwestern Deserts & Mesa Lands," "Gulf Coasts & Tidal Swamps," "Southeastern Woodlands," "Northeastern Woodlands," "Central Prairies & Woodlands," "Northern Great Plains," "Southern Great Plains," "Northern Mountains & Plateaus," "The Great Basin" and "The Pacific Coast."

Each section has at least one map. They include a variety of charts and lists, including languages, populations, place names, trade goods, plant names, dates to remember and so forth.

I purchased this book shortly after its release and have used it countless times since. It is a vital resource when dealing with the overall prehistory of the United States.

It is also a deeply fascinating read. The near-500 pages are filled with a diverse and eclectic collection of general information, such as the chapter titled: "Scientific Note: Indian Foods, Medicines & Plants."

I have read American Indian Almanac from cover-to-cover several times and thoroughly enjoyed it each time. It has been well worth the purchase price many times over. This book would be an ideal gift for a person interested in American Indians, history or archaeology in the United States.

book review by
Alicia Karen Elkins

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