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Old 12-16-2009, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Okay, I know there are a few here who are 'into' history and non-fiction books. So I need a recommendation of the best book(s) to read to learn about the Mayan culture and it's demise. In the middle of a discussion with someone and she doesn't trust me or my own knowledge of the history. Some books on the history of Native Americans in this country would also be 'helpful'.
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Old 12-17-2009, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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Professor Paul VanDevelder's new book Savages and Scoundrels is a horrifyingly good exposition of the treatment of Native Americans. I always knew they were treated badly, but this book shows it to be even worse than I could have imagined. I checked it out from the public library, and highly recommend it.
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Old 12-17-2009, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Professor Paul VanDevelder's new book Savages and Scoundrels is a horrifyingly good exposition of the treatment of Native Americans. I always knew they were treated badly, but this book shows it to be even worse than I could have imagined. I checked it out from the public library, and highly recommend it.
Thank you.
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Old 12-18-2009, 05:03 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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"Lost Chronicles of the Maya Kings " by David Drew



"The Maya, ancient peoples and places" by Michael Coe


"A Forest of Kings: Untold Story of the Ancient Maya " by Linda Schele








"The Mammoth Book of Native Americans: The Story of America's Original Inhabitants in All Its Beauty, Magic, Truth and Tragedy "by Jon E Lewis

"In the Hands of the Great Spirit: The 20, 000 Year History of American Indians " by Jake Page

"The rise and fall of the American Indian" by William Brandon

"Iriquois Diplomacy on the early American frontier" by Timothy Shannon

"The American Indian and the Problem of History " by Calvin Martin


"American Indian History: A Documentary Reader (Uncovering the Past: Documentary Readers in American History)" by Camilla Townsend



"Bury my heart at wounded knee" by Dee Brown , a wonderful, poignant and incredibly sad book
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Old 12-18-2009, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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"Lost Chronicles of the Maya Kings " by David Drew



"The Maya, ancient peoples and places" by Michael Coe


"A Forest of Kings: Untold Story of the Ancient Maya " by Linda Schele








"The Mammoth Book of Native Americans: The Story of America's Original Inhabitants in All Its Beauty, Magic, Truth and Tragedy "by Jon E Lewis

"In the Hands of the Great Spirit: The 20, 000 Year History of American Indians " by Jake Page

"The rise and fall of the American Indian" by William Brandon

"Iriquois Diplomacy on the early American frontier" by Timothy Shannon

"The American Indian and the Problem of History " by Calvin Martin


"American Indian History: A Documentary Reader (Uncovering the Past: Documentary Readers in American History)" by Camilla Townsend



"Bury my heart at wounded knee" by Dee Brown , a wonderful, poignant and incredibly sad book
Oh, that looks like a wonderful list! Thank you! Now I hope my discussion 'partner' is looking at this thread and takes the time to look for all of these at the library, because I most definitely an going to head to the library myself this weekend. (Has to be the weekend because I have no car available during the week.)
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Old 12-18-2009, 10:17 AM
 
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There is a 5 book series of books called Thunder Over the Ochoco by Gale Ontko. They are a history of the interior Pacific Northwest (Oregon in particular) with emphasis and focus upon the native tribes of the region. He does a remarkable job of researching the Shosone tribe and other tribes and their relationships with each other and new-coming whites.

Excellent series of books--well-researched, accurate and good reading.

I'm afraid these aren't probably too common in most libraries outside of the Pacific Northwest....
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