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By Arnold Marquis

This booklet presents easy information regarding American Indians that each vacationer and armchair vacationer may need or wish. half One is a quick account of the numerous diversified tribes within the reduce forty-eight states, detailing their cultures and lifeways, their family with the government, the pan-Indian circulation, and modern writings and journalism. half deals useful suggestion approximately traveling reservations and tips in reading ceremonials and dances, purchasing artwork and craftwork, and tenting on Indian lands. half 3 is a close, region-by-region consultant to the tribes and reservations, campgrounds, and frequently scheduled events.

Special sections checklist museums with vital collections of Indian paintings, crafts, and artifacts; companies attracted to Indian affairs; and courses dedicated to tribal pursuits. there's additionally a delicately chosen record of readings should you wish to recognize extra approximately America’s first citizens.

The publication is lavishly illustrated with images and maps designed to help the vacationer who visits Indian Country.

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The fragrant smoke became a religious symbol. For ritual purposes they burned it in stone containers or urns. They learned to perforate the sides of the containers to admit air for a draft, and, when necessary, they blew through the holes to fan the smoldering leaves. Some of the early bowls had air holes all around the lower edge. Into these holes the Indians learned to insert hollow reeds, like spokes in a hub, and blew into them. As the leaves smoldered, the smoke curled upward, and the Indians unavoidably inhaled some of it.

The most complex of the languages can scarcely be translated literally into English. Some of the Indian reservations are huge. The Navajo Reservation of northern Arizona extends into New Mexico and Utah. It is larger than Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. Some reservations in California consist of only a few acres. Ten reservations each have more than a million acres. Four of these are in Arizona. Two are in the state of Washington, two in South Dakota, one in Wyoming, and one in Montana.

Taos, the northernmost of the pueblos, was on the frontier of the Plains Indians. Contacts among the tribes in trade and even in warfare wrought changes. Some of the characteristics of the Plains Indians were picked up by the Indians of Taos, and the influence of the symbols of the Plains Indians was gradually reflected in those of the Taos Indians. Among the warring tribes the influence of the symbols of the victor on the conquered was profound. Thus the symbols of many of the tribes are in some ways similar, and, although they have different meanings, time is obliterating the differences.

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