Bill Yenne & Susan Garratt,
North American Indians
(Brompton, 1984; Ottenheimer, 1994)

I bought North American Indians for the art it contains. This oversized coffee-table edition has almost 200 pages and each has at least one photograph or illustration. It is a visual knockout ... but a literary privy!

This book includes sections on native peoples from the United States and Canada in the past and present. It divides them into 10 regions and devotes a section to each: "Arctic," "Subarctic," "Northeast," "Southeast," "Plains & Prairies," "Great Basin," "Northwest Coast," "California" and "Southwest."

The value of this book lies solely in the artwork. It is, however, one of the most poorly researched, haphazard books that I have encountered on the subject of Native Americans. I do hope it has been removed from all libraries and schools. The only place for this book is an art museum or a private collection of art books.

book review by
Alicia Karen Elkins

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