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From the Set Our Cultural Heritage
Introduces readers to the Native American culture, customs, religion, foods, and holidays. Famous Native Americans, as well as noted contributions and inventions by Native Americans, are also presented.
- A Clash of Cultures
- More Battles
- Problems to Solve
- Powwows and Potters
- Time Line
- Glossary Terms
- For Further Information
A noteworthy review of Our Cultural Heritage from MultiCultural Review on September 1, 2003
This 12-volume series for students in the middle elementary grades (it is aimed at a fourth-grade reading level) describes the community and contributions of national groups of immigrants to the United States. Each volume contains four chapters: one on life in the country of origin, followed by chapters on the move to America, becoming established in a new country, and the cultural contributions the group has made. The large-type text is accompanied by numerous illustrations and drawings, most of which are fairly small and original to the period being discussed. Most chapters also include a one- or two-page sidebar on a particular American from that group or on a cultural topic. The volume on German Americans, for example, has sidebars on Revolutionary War heroine Molly Pitcher, the history of Ellis Island, and the singing von Trapp family (a slight stretch here, as they were Austrian). Many of the page spreads include a ‘Fascinating Facts’; in the Swedish-American volume, we learn that Charles Lindbergh’s grandfather, Mans Olsson Lindbergh, was a Swedish immigrant who served in the Union Army in the American Civil War. Without going into great depth, this series does connect life in these countries of origin with the immigrant experience as well as with the place each group has in American culture. Students will probably find it interesting to learn of the sometimes unexpected ethnic backgrounds of well-known people, such as in the chapter in the Arab-American volume that includes football player Doug Flutie, disc jockey Casey Kasem, and recent presidential candidate Ralph Nader. Each volume contain a time line, a glossary of the words bolded in the text, a short list of books and web sites for further reading, and an index.
A noteworthy review of Our Cultural Heritage from Children's Literature on November 1, 2002
The story of the exploitation of Native-Americans by the forces of the Federal government is a sad and familiar one. Over a period of centuries, first the armed forces of the colonial powers and then the U.S. Army systematically decimated the Native-American populations that once stretched across the land. In a series of wars and false treaty negotiations, Native-Americans were stripped of virtually all of their ancestral land and provided oft-times stark reservations. Still, despite the imperialist devastation that was wrought against the Native-American tribes, much of their culture and traditions remain vibrant. In Native Americans Judy Alter provides readers with a general overview of the history of American dealings with Native-Americans. She traces the gradual despoliation of the Native-American populations that culminated in the late 19th century. The movement triggered in the 1960s to reestablish some political power on behalf of Native-American peoples is then chronicled. Finally, the author points out the rich cultural heritage that Native-Americans continue to offer within American society. All in all, Judy Alter has done a good job of distilling a vast and complex historical movement into a concise and readable book. This is a book that will augment young reader’s understanding of the sad but resilient history of Native-American people in this land.
A noteworthy review of Our Cultural Heritage from Midwest Book Review on October 1, 2002
Each book explains the history of the immigration and how experiences and motivations differed between groups. This series provides young readers with important information suitable for either supplemental classroom reading or reports.