Facing East from Indian country : a Native history of early America
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- ISBN: 0674006380 (alk. paper)
x, 317 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
- Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 2001.
|Bibliography, etc. Note:||Includes bibliographical references and index.|
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Monthly Selections - #2 November 2001
/*Starred Review*/ Most American histories treat North America's indigenous peoples as ancillary to the more important story of the establishment of a European nation in the New World. What would happen if one shifted focus and transformed the usual bit-players into stars? Richter, a prominent historian of early America, makes that shift and produces what may, for its impeccable use of primary sources, smoothly well-wrought prose, and passionate argument, become a classic. From the point of view of those already long established in North America, the Europeans' arrival wasn't a first step on the path of progress; it was an event that precipitated brutal, bloody fights over resources and land--fights often represented as cultural and even religious conflicts. Although many may not welcome Richter's analysis of such icons as Pocahontas, the princess of the Potomac who married for love, and Kateri Tekakwitha, the saintly Iroquois who recognized the true god, he helps us see how self-serving of the European settlers and their descendants the standard depictions of those Indian "legends" are. In their stead, he presents more nuanced, human portraits of Pocahontas as a noble woman entering a political marriage and of Tekakwitha as an orphaned girl wriggling into the new space opened by Christian missionaries. ((Reviewed November 15, 2001)) Copyright 2001 Booklist Reviews
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