Dover has a whole set of these Indians of North America coloring books, and I believe I have them all, except for a couple that were out of print for a while and which I will certainly buy at some point. They are very interesting and fun to color. This particular one covers the entire country, while others cover only a certain region, or just crafts, dwellings, or rites. Quite a few of the pictures in this book are on double pages. Some are full scenes or partial scenes and others are just figures without background, so there is a nice variety. As is my usual lament, I had a difficult time choosing which to post, so I tried to get different regions, eras and background types to illustrate the wide range of artwork here.
Most of them are not terribly complicated, but there is a lot of detail. Children would certainly enjoy this book, boys and girls, but probably not very young children. Each drawing is accompanied by a text which explains the scene and names the nation or tribe pictured. Along with being fun, it is also educational.
For more information about the tragedy and abuse the Indigenous people of this country suffered by the hands of white settlers and the lies, cheating, and broken contracts by the U.S. government, please see A Century of Dishonor: The Classic Exposé of the Plight of the Native Americans.
Here are my final choices for you to enjoy. I have included the full text which accompanies the drawings.
Page 2:Timucua Indians of 1591. Portraits of these Indians of Florida appeared in a book published in Europe in 1591. They were hunters and fishers who lived in towns surrounded by stockades. The religious ceremonies included human sacrifice. Both men and women were sometimes tattooed on their faces and bodies. The center figure was described as a "Florida Chief." The Timucua became extinct sometime before 1800, following invasions by Creek Indians and English settlers.
Page 5: Iroquois warrior of 1787. The united Iroquois nation—consisting of the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora tribes—extended from New York State through Pennsylvania to northern Ohio and into Canada. Its center was the area of the eastern Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. Though the tribes tended to be warlike, they preserved their confederation for two centuries, up until the American Revolution. This woman's dress shows the great changes that occurred in Iroquois costume some years later, after the introduction of woven materials in the early nineteenth century. (Those of us here in Ohio will recognize that our counties have been named after the tribes that occupied this area until, of course, the white people wiped them out.)
Page 8: Cherokees at the time of the "Trail of Tears." The home of the Cherokees was the mountainous area of western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee, where they lived in towns of 30-60 log cabins. In 1835 a small minority signed a treaty deeding away their land to the United States. With the winter of 1838 approaching, they were driven from their homeland and forced on a brutal march, the so-called "Trail of Tears," into the Indian territory of Oklahoma. Four thousand of the 18,000 Cherokees died on the march to the West. These Cherokees wear the dress adopted by the tribe at the time of their removal to Oklahoma.
Page 9: Choctaw women boiling hominy. The Choctaws and the Cherokee were two of the "Five Civilized Tribes" of the southeastern United States. The Choctaws came from Mississippi; like the other four tribes, they were forced to leave their lands and move to Oklahoma in the 1830s. They were skillful farmers. The tribal dress of these modern Choctaws women reflects the influence of white women's dress styles adopted by the tribeswomen of the last century.
Page 18: An Iowa chief and woman of 1844. White Cloud was a chief of the Iowa Indians, a small tribe that, by 1836, had been pushed out of its ancient homeland, the territory that would become the state of Iowa. He is shown here wearing a necklace of bear claws and a headdress probably made of porcupine quills. The woman was called Strutting Pigeon. (Isn't it amazing how the white people ran off the people who were the rightful owners of the land, then honored them by naming the city, county, or state after them. Kinda like naming a street after the trees that have all been chopped down due to development.)
Page 31: Paiute Indians of Arizona in 1855. The Southern Paiutes lived in hard, desolate desert country. Their way of life was poor and primitive. The women spent their lives gathering seeds and berries and digging for roots in the parched desert ground. The men hunted antelope, rabbits, lizards, rats, caterpillars and grasshoppers. The Paiutes lived in primitive wickiups and were constantly on the move, in an unending search for food.
Page 36: Hupa Indians of northern California. The Hupa people came from Trinity River Valley of northern California. They were hunters and fishermen, skilled woodworkers and builders of dugout canoes. The man in this picture holds a powerful, broad, flat hunting bow made of yew wood.
Page 37: Big Head dancers. The Big Heads were members of a secret society that flourished among Indians of central California. They believed that, if their dance ever were to cease being performed continuously from October to May, the world would disintegrate. The dance was performed in their ceremonial round lodge. The slender rods of the headdress shown here support poppies.
Pages 40-41: Naskapi hunter of 1805. In the far northland between James Bay and the Labrador Sea live the Algonkian-speaking Naskapi people. They are hunters of caribou, moose, beaver and bear. In earlier years their wanderings brought them into contact with the Eskimos (or Inuit), with whom they waged many wars.
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