From Library Journal
The comprehensive Native North American Almanac (Gale, 1994), edited by Champagne, the director of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center, treats U.S. and Canadian people with an emphasis on recent history. Visible Ink, a Gale imprint aimed at the trade market, has severely abridged this major reference, resulting in a narrative of considerably narrower scope. Chapters on chronology, demography, and education have been eliminated, and the “Activism” chapter, which appears seventh in Native North American Almanac, sets the tone. Retained articles emphasize current topics and Native voices, and there is a new foreword by Dennis Banks, cofounder of the American Indian Movement (AIM). In republishing text from the larger work, Native America reproduces-on smaller, more sparsely printed pages-signed articles by recognized scholars with the consultation of a stellar advisory board, including John Aubrey, the Newberry Library’s “expert’s expert” of Native American research. The elimination of subject-specific and general bibliographies renders these articles less useful. Native America is commended for its insights and writing, but the Native North American Almanac is greatly preferred for academic readers and reference collections. For a concise reference work, another recent publication, Arlene Hirschfelder and Martha De Montano’s The Native American Almanac: A Portrait of Native America Today (LJ 11/1/93), is suggested.
Margaret W. Norton, Montay Coll. Lib., Chicago
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Paperback: 818 pages Publisher: Visible Ink Press; abridged edition edition (May 1, 1994) Language: English ISBN-10: 0810394529 ISBN-13: 978-0810394520 Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 2 x 9.5 inches Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,423,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #971 in Literature Encyclopedias #5118 in Native American Demographic Studies #3251 in History Encyclopedias
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