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Tribal Web Sites (Federally recognized tribes only; Alphabetical by State). There are presently 562 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives in the United States. (See also Native Americans and American Indians: The 562 Federally Recognized Tribes: Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ.)

ALABAMA

Poarch Band of Creek Indians
http://www.poarchcreekindians.org

 


ALASKA

Aleknagik, Native Village of
http://www.bbna.com

Chickaloon Native Village
http://www.chickaloon.org

Crooked Creek, Native Village
http://www.iditacom.org

Ekwok Village
http://www.bbna.com

Georgetown, Native Village of
http://www.georgetowntc.com

Kanatak (IRA), Native Village of
http://www.kanatak.org

Ketchikan Indian Corporation (IRA)
http://www.kictribe.org

Kotzebue (IRA), Native Village of
http://www.kotzebueira.org

Lesnoi Village/Woody Island Tribal Council
http://www.woodyisland.com

Metlakatla Indian Community
http://www.metlakatla.net

Napaimute, Native Village of
http://www.napaimute.org

Ninilchik Traditional Council
http://www.ninilchiktribe-nsn.gov

Pedro Bay Village Council
http://www.pedrobay.com

Seldovia Village Tribe (IRA)
http://www.svt.org

Tanacross Village Council
http://www.nativevillageoftanacross.com

Tazlina, Native Village of
http://www.tazlinavillage.org

Tlingit and Haida Central Council
http://www.ccthita.org

Unga Tribal Council
http://www.ungatribe.org

Woody Island Tribal Council
See:  Lesnoi Village

 


ARIZONA

Colorado River Indian Tribes
http://www.critonline.com

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
http://www.ftmcdowell.org

Gila River Indian Community
http://www.gric.nsn.us

Havasupai Tribe
http://www.havasupaitribe.com

Hopi Tribe
http://www.hopi.nsn.us

Navajo Nation
http://www.navajo.org

Pascua Yaqui Tribe
http://www.pascuayaqui-nsn.gov

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
http://www.saltriver.pima-maricopa.nsn.us

San Carlos Apache Tribe
http://www.sancarlosapache.com

White Mountain Apache Tribe
http://www.wmat.nsn.us

Yavapai-Apache Indian Community
http://www.yavapai-apache-nation.com or http://www.yavapai-apache.org

Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe
http://www.ypit.com

 


CALIFORNIA

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
http://www.aguacaliente.org

Barona Band of Mission Indians
http://www.baronatribe.com/government.html

Bishop Paiute Tribe
http://www.Bishop_Paiute_Tribe.com

Cabazon Band of Mission Indians
http://www.cabazonindians.com

Dry Creek Rancheria
http://www.drycreekrancheria.com

Elem Indian Colony
http://www.elemnation.com

Greenville Rancheria
http://www.greenvillerancheria.com

Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake (formerly Upper Lake Band of Pomo Indians)
http://www.upperlakepomoindians.com

Hoopa Valley Tribe
http://www.hoopavalleytribe.com

Hopland Rancheria
http://www.hoplandtribe.com or http://www.shokawah.com/tribal.html

Ione Band of Miwok Indians
http://www.ionemiwok.org

Karuk Tribe
http://www.karuk.us

La Posta Band of Mission Indians
http://www.kumeyaay.com

Manchester-Point Arena Band of Pomo Indians
http://www.mpatribe.org

Mechoopda Indian Tribe (Chico Rancheria)
http://www.mechoopda.nsn.us

Morongo Band of Mission Indians
http://www.morongonation.org

North Fork Rancheria
http://www.northforkrancheria.com

Pala Band of Mission Indians
http://www.palatribe.com

Pechanga Band of Mission Indians
http://www.pechanga-nsn.gov

Pinoleville Reservation
http://www.pinoleville.org

Rumsey Band of Wintu Indians (Rumsey Rancheria)
http://www.rumseyrancheria.org

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
http://www.sanmanuel-nsn.gov

Santa Rosa Rancheria
http://www.tachi-yokut.com

Santa Ynez Band of Mission Indians
http://www.santaynezchumash.org

Shingle Springs Rancheria
http://www.shinglespringsrancheria.com

Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay
http://www.sycuan.com

Timbi-sha Shoshone Tribe (Death Valley Reservation)
http://www.Timbisha_Shoshone_Tribe.com

Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians
http://www.torresmartinez.org

Tule River Tribe
http://www.tulerivertribe-nsn.gov

Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians
http://www.viejasbandofkumeyaay.org

Walker River Paiute Tribe
http://www.wrpt.org

Wiyot Tribe
http://www.wiyot.com

 


COLORADO

Southern Ute Tribe
http://www.southern-ute.nsn.us/index.html

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe
http://www.utemountainute.com

 


CONNECTICUT

Mashantucket Pequot Tribe
http://www.mptn.org

Mohegan Indian Tribe
http://www.mohegan.nsn.us

 


FLORIDA

Seminole Indian Tribe
http://www.seminoletribe.com/

 


IDAHO

Coeur d’Alene Tribe
http://www.cdatribe-nsn.gov

Nez Perce Tribe
http://www.nezperce.org

 


KANSAS

Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas
http://www.kickapoonation.com

Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation
http://www.pbpindiantribe.com

 


LOUISIANA

Coushatta Indian Tribe
http://www.coushattatribela.org

Tunica-Biloxi Tribe
http://www.tunica.org

 


MAINE

Passamaquoddy Tribe (Indian Township)
http://www.peopleofthedawn.com or http://www.passamaquoddy.com

Passamaquoddy Tribe (Pleasant Point)
http://www.wabanaki.com

Penobscot Indian Nation
http://www.penobscotnation.org

 


MASSACHUSETTS

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
http://mashpeewampanoagtribe.com

Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)
http://www.wampanoagtribe.net

 


MICHIGAN

Bay Mills Indian Community
http://www.4baymills.com

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
http://www.gtb.nsn.us

Hannahville Indian Community
http://www.hannahville.com

Huron Potawatomi, Inc. (Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi)
http://www.nhbpi.com

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
http://www.kbic-nsn.gov

Lac Vieux Desert Band of Chippewa
http://www.lacvieuxdesert.com

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
http://www.lrboi.com

Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians
http://www.mbpi.org

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
http://www.pokagon.com

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe
http://www.sagchip.org/government/index.htm

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa
http://www.sootribe.org/

 


MINNESOTA

Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
http://www.boisforte.com

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
http://www.millelacsojibwe.org

Red Lake Band of Chippewa
http://www.redlakenation.org

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
http://www.shakopeedakota.org or http://www.ccsmdc.org

 


MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians     
http://www.choctaw.org

 


MONTANA

Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes (Fort Peck Reservation)
http://www.fortpecktribes.org

Blackfeet Tribe
http://www.blackfeetnation.com

Crow Tribe
http://www.crownation.net

Northern Cheyenne Tribe
http://www.ncheyenne.net

 


NEBRASKA

Ponca Tribe
http://www.poncatribe-ne.org

Santee Sioux Nation
http://www.santeedakota.org

Winnebago Tribe
http://www.poncatribe-ne.org

 


NEVADA

Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe
http://www.fpst.org

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe
http://www.plpt.nsn.us

Shoshone-Paiute Tribes (Duck Valley I.R.)
http://www.shopaitribes.org

Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California
http://www.washoetribe.us

 


NEW MEXICO

Jicarilla Apache Nation
http://www.ausbcomp.com/redman/jicarilla.htm

Pueblo of Isleta
http://www.isletapueblo.com

Pueblo of Zuni
http://www.ashiwi.org

 


NEW YORK

Oneida Indian Nation
http://www.oneida-nation.net

Seneca Nation of Indians
http://www.sni.org

St. Regis Band of Mohawk
http://www.stregismohawktribe.com

 


NORTH CAROLINA

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
http://www.cherokee-nc.com

 


NORTH DAKOTA

Three Affiliated Tribes (Fort Berthold Reservation)
http://www.mhanation.com

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa
http://turtlemountainchippewa.com or http://www.tmbci.net

 


OKLAHOMA

Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
http://www.cherokee.org

Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes
http://www.cheyenne-arapaho.org or http://www.c-a-tribes.org

Chickasaw Nation
http://www.chickasaw.net

Choctaw Nation
http://www.choctawnation.com

Delaware Nation
http://www.westerndelaware.nsn.us

Eastern Shawnee Tribe
http://www.easternshawnee.org

Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma
http://www.iowanation.org

Kialegee Tribal Town
http://www.kialegee.org

Muscogee (Creek) Nation
http://www.muscogeenation-nsn.gov

Osage Tribe
http://www.osagetribe.com

Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Oklahoma
http://www.omtribe.org

Pawnee Nation
http://www.pawneenation.org

Sac & Fox Nation of Oklahoma
http://www.sacandfoxnation-nsn.gov

Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma
http://www.sctribe.com

Shawnee Tribe
http://www.shawnee-tribe.org

United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians
http://www.unitedkeetoowahband.org

Wichita and Affiliated Tribes
http://www.wichita.nsn.us

 


OREGON

Coquille Tribe
http://www.coquilletribe.org

Grand Ronde Community, Confederated Tribes of the
http://www.grandronde.org

Klamath Tribes
http://www.klamathtribes.org

Siletz Reservation, Confederated Tribes of the
http://ctsi.nsn.us

 


RHODE ISLAND

Narragansett Indian Tribe
http://www.narragansett-tribe.org

 


SOUTH DAKOTA

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
http://www.sioux.org/

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe
http://www.fsst.org

Oglala Sioux Tribe
http://www.oglala-sioux-tribe.org

Rosebud Sioux Tribe
http://www.rosebudsiouxtribe.org or http://www.rosebudsiouxtribe-nsn.gov

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate (Lake Traverse Reservation)
http://swcc.cc.sd.us

Spirit Lake Tribe (Fort Totten Reservation)
http://www.spiritlakenation.com

Yankton Sioux Tribe
http://www.yanktonsiouxtribe.org/index.html

 


UTAH

Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians
http://www.skullvalleygoshutes.org

 


WASHINGTON

Chehalis Reservation, Confederated Tribes of the
http://www.chehalistribe.org

Colville Reservation, Confederated Tribes of the
http://www.colvilletribes.com

Cowlitz Indian Tribe
http://www.cowlitz.org

Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
http://www.jamestowntribe.org

Kalispel Tribe
http://www.kalispeltribe.com

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
http://tse-whit-zen.elwha.nsn.us or http://www.elwha.org

Lummi Tribe
http://www.lummi-nsn.org

Makah Indian Tribe
http://www.makah.com

Mucklesoot Indian Tribe
http://www.muckleshoot.nsn.us

Nisqually Tribe
http://www.nisqually-nsn.gov

Nooksack Tribe
http://www.nooksack-tribe.org 

Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe
http://www.pgst.nsn.us

Puyallup Tribe
http://www.goia.wa.gov/directory/pdf/puyall.pdf or http://www.ptgc.org

Quileute Indian Tribe
http://www.quileutetribe.org

Quinault Indian Nation
http://209.206.175.157

Samish Indian Nation
http://www.samishtribe.nsn.us

Sauk-Suiattle Tribe
http://www.sauk-suiattle.com

Shoalwater Bay Tribe
http://www.spipa.org/shoalwaterbay.htm or http://www.goia.wa.gov/tribalinfo/shoalwaterbay.html

Skokomish Indian Tribe
http://www.skokomish.org

Snoqualmie Tribe
http://www.snoqualmienation.com

Spokane Tribe
http://www.spokanetribe.com

Squaxin Island Tribe
http://www.squaxinisland.org

Stillaguamish Tribe
http://www.stillaguamish.nsn.us

Suquamish Tribe (Port Madison Reservation)
http://www.suquamish.nsn.us

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
http://www.swinomish.org

Tulalip Tribes
http://www.tulalip.nsn.us

Umatilla Reservation, Confederated Tribes of the
http://www.umatilla.nsn.us

Yakama Nation, Confederated Tribes and Bands of the
http://www.yakamamuseum.com

 


WISCONSIN

Forest County Potawatomi Indian Community
http://www.fcpotawatomi.com

Ho-Chunk Nation
http://www.hochunkinc.com or http://ho-chunknation.com

Lac du Flambeau Band of Chippewa
http://www.lacduflambeautribe.com

Menominee Tribe
http://www.menominee.nsn.us

Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin
http://www.oneidanation.org

Stockbridge-Munsee Community of Wisconsin
http://www.mohican.com

 


WYOMING

Arapaho Tribe (Wind River Reservation)
http://www.northernarapaho.com

Shoshone Tribe (Wind River Reservation)
http://www.easternshoshone.net

Recommended Viewing: 500 Nations (DVDs) (372 minutes). Description: 500 Nations is an eight-part documentary (more than 6 hours and that's not including its interactive CD-ROM filled with extra features) that explores the history of the indigenous peoples of North and Central America, from pre-Colombian times through the period of European contact and colonization, to the end of the 19th century and the subjugation of the Plains Indians of North America. 500 Nations utilizes historical texts, eyewitness accounts, pictorial sources and computer graphic reconstructions to explore the magnificent civilizations which flourished prior to contact with Western civilization, and to tell the dramatic and tragic story of the Native American nations' desperate attempts to retain their way of life against overwhelming odds. Continued below...

Mention the word "Indian," and most will conjure up images inspired by myths and movies: teepees, headdresses, and war paint; Sitting Bull, Geronimo, Crazy Horse, and their battles (like Little Big Horn) with the U.S. Cavalry. Those stories of the so-called "horse nations" of the Great Plains are all here, but so is a great deal more. Using impressive computer imaging, photos, location film footage and breathtaking cinematography, interviews with present-day Indians, books and manuscripts, museum artifacts, and more, Leustig and his crew go back more than a millennium to present an fascinating account of Indians, including those (like the Maya and Aztecs in Mexico and the Anasazi in the Southwest) who were here long before white men ever reached these shores.
It was the arrival of Europeans like Columbus, Cortez, and DeSoto that marked the beginning of the end for the Indians. Considering the participation of host Kevin Costner, whose film Dances with Wolves was highly sympathetic to the Indians, it's no bulletin that 500 Nations also takes a compassionate view of the multitude of calamities--from alcohol and disease to the corruption of their culture and the depletion of their vast natural resources--visited on them by the white man in his quest for land and money, eventually leading to such horrific events as the Trail of Tears "forced march," the massacre at Wounded Knee, and other consequences of the effort to "relocate" Indians to the reservations where many of them still live. Along the way, we learn about the Indians' participation in such events as the American Revolution and the War of 1812, as well as popular legends like the first Thanksgiving (it really happened) and the rescue of Captain John Smith by Pocahontas (it probably didn't).

 

NEW! Recommended Viewing: We Shall Remain (PBS) (DVDs) (420 minutes). Midwest Book Review: We Shall Remain is a three-DVD thinpack set collecting five documentaries from the acclaimed PBS history series "American Experience", about Native American leaders including Massasoit, Tecumseh, Tenskwatawa, Major Ridge, Geronimo, and Fools Crow, all who did everything they could to resist being forcibly removed from their land and preserve their culture. Continued below…

Their strategies ranged from military action to diplomacy, spirituality, or even legal and political means. The stories of these individual leaders span four hundred years; collectively, they give a portrait of an oft-overlooked yet crucial side of American history, and carry the highest recommendation for public library as well as home DVD collections. Special features include behind-the-scenes footage, a thirty-minute preview film, materials for educators and librarians, four ReelNative films of Native Americans sharing their personal stories, and three Native Now films about modern-day issues facing Native Americans. 7 hours. "Viewers will be amazed." "If you're keeping score, this program ranks among the best TV documentaries ever made." and "Reminds us that true glory lies in the honest histories of people, not the manipulated histories of governments. This is the stuff they kept from us." --Clif Garboden, The Boston Phoenix.

 

Recommended Reading: Atlas of the North American Indian. Description: This unique resource covers the entire history, culture, tribal locations, languages, and lifeways of Native American groups across the United States, Canada, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Thoroughly updated, Atlas of the North American Indian combines clear and informative text with newly drawn maps to provide the most up-to-date political and cultural developments in Indian affairs, as well as the latest archaeological research findings on prehistoric peoples. The new edition features several revised and updated sections, such as "Self-Determination," "The Federal and Indian Trust Relationship and the Reservation System," "Urban Indians," "Indian Social Conditions," and "Indian Cultural Renewal." Continued below...

Other updated information includes: a revised section on Canada, including Nunavut, the first new Canadian territory created since 1949, with a population that is 85% Inuit; the latest statistics and new federal laws on tribal enterprises, including a new section on "Indian Gaming"; and current information on preferred names now in use by certain tribes and groups, such as the use of "Inuit" rather than "Eskimo."

 

Recommended Reading: Encyclopedia of American Indian Contributions to the World: 15,000 Years of Inventions and Innovations (Facts on File Library of American History) (Hardcover). Editorial Review from Booklist: More than 450 inventions and innovations that can be traced to indigenous peoples of North, Middle, and South America are described in this wonderful encyclopedia. Criteria for selection are that the item or concept must have originated in the Americas, it must have been used by the indigenous people, and it must have been adopted in some way by other cultures. Continued below...

Some of the innovations may have been independently developed in other parts of the world (geometry, for example, was developed in ancient China, Greece, and the Middle East as well as in the Americas) but still fit all three criteria. The period of time covered is 25,000 B.C. to the twentieth century. Among the entries are Adobe, Agriculture, Appaloosa horse breed, Chocolate, Cigars, Diabetes medication, Freeze-drying, Hydraulics, Trousers, Urban planning, and Zoned biodiversity. Readers will find much of the content revealing. The authors note that the Moche "invented the electrochemical production of electricity" although they used it only for electroplating, a process they developed "more than a thousand years" before the Europeans, who generally get the credit. The Aztec medical system was far more comprehensive than anything available in Europe at the time of contact.

 

The Encyclopedia of American Indian Contributions to the World is an "Eyeopener to the innumerable contributions of the American Indian to our nation and to world civilizations...."

 

The awards it has won and some of the print reviews this book has received are listed below.

Winner 11th Annual Colorado Book Award, Collections and Anthologies

Winner Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers Writer of the Year, Creative Reference Work, 2002

Selected by Booklist as Editors Choice Reference Source, 2002

"This is a well-written book with fascinating information and wonderful pictures. It should be in every public, school, and academic library for its depth of research and amazing wealth of knowledge. We've starred this title because it is eye-opening and thought-provoking, and there is nothing else quite like it." Booklist Starred Review

"[An] interesting, informative, and inspiring book." Native Peoples Magazine

"I would strongly urge anyone with a kernel of intellectual curiosity: teacher, administrator, researcher, lawyer, politician, writer, to buy this book. I guarantee it will enlighten, stimulate and entertain...Native students and indigenous instructors must obtain their own copies of the Encyclopedia. Whether Cree, Mayan or Penobscot they will find a deep source of pride on each and every page. I can well imagine the excitement of Native teachers when they obtain the book followed by an eagerness to share its contents with everyone within reach."

"I hope the Encyclopedia will serve as the basis for an entirely new approach to Native history, one in which the scholar is liberated from the anti-Indian texts of the recent past. Ideally, a copy of the Encyclopedia should be in every class in every school across the hemisphere." Akwesasne Notes-Indian Time–Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk, co-founder of the Native American Journalists Association and the Akwesasne Communications Society

"Highly recommended for academic libraries keeping collections about American Indians." Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries

"Native accomplishments finally get their due in this award-winning book." American Indian Report

"A treasure trove of information about the large range of technologies and productions of Indian peoples. This is indeed the most comprehensive compilation of American Indian inventions and contributions to date. It is most worthwhile and should be on the bookshelves of every library and home in America." Indian Country Today

"This large, well-illustrated volume is an excellent reference. One of the important strengths of the encyclopedia is that the information provided is balanced and rooted in facts, not speculation. Highly recommended." Multicultural Review

"Far from the stereotypical idea that Native Americans were uncultured and simple, possessing only uncomplicated inventions such as bows and arrows or canoes, these varied cultures donated a rich assortment of ideas and items to the world. This book can be recommended to libraries that support an interdisciplinary approach to student learning, such as units that integrate biology and culture studies projects." VOYA: Voice of Youth Advocates

"...a comprehensive, unique A to Z reference to the vast offerings made by the American Indians throughout history." Winds of Change (American Indian Science and Engineering Society)

"We bought one for each center. It is a GREAT resource." Ann Rutherford, Director Learning Resources Center, Oglala Lakota College

 

"As I travel to conferences and host presentations, I take your book as a reference and to show individuals. It allows science, engineering and math students to gain insight into the traditional knowledge held about these and related subjects. I believe it empowers them to know this knowledge is already within. To balance contemporary knowledge within that context creates a student who can experience a topic from a number of perspectives." Jacqueline Bolman, Director, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Scientific Knowledge for Indian Learning and Leadership (SKILL)/NASA Honors Program

 

"…the three page introduction alone makes this book a valuable resource as it sets forth the circumstances which led the invaders to change their initial writings of wonder at the advanced native societies…I hope a way can be found to put this book in the hands of our youth and all who touch them." Carter Camp, American Indian rights activist, Ponca tribal leader and founder of Kansas/Oklahoma AIM

 

Recommended Viewing: The Great Indian Wars: 1540-1890 (2009) (230 minutes). Description: The year 1540 was a crucial turning point in American history. The Great Indian Wars were incited by Francisco Vazquez de Coronado when his expedition to the Great Plains launched the inevitable 350 year struggle between the white man and the American Indians. This series defines the struggles of practically every major American Indian tribe. It is also a fascinating study of the American Indians' beginnings on the North American Continent, while reflecting the factional splits as well as alliances. Continued below...

The Great Indian Wars is more than a documentary about the battles and conflicts, wars and warfare, fighting tactics and strategies, and weapons of the American Indians. You will journey with the Indians and witness how they adapted from the bow to the rifle, and view the European introduction of the horse to the Americas and how the Indians adapted and perfected it for both hunting and warfare. This fascinating documentary also reflects the migration patterns--including numerous maps--and the evolution of every major tribe, as well as the strengths, weaknesses, and challenges of each tribe. Spanning nearly 4 hours and filled with spectacular paintings and photographs, this documentary is action-packed from start to finish.

 

Recommended Reading: 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus. Description: 1491 is not so much the story of a year, as of what that year stands for: the long-debated (and often-dismissed) question of what human civilization in the Americas was like before the Europeans crashed the party. The history books most Americans were (and still are) raised on describe the continents before Columbus as a vast, underused territory, sparsely populated by primitives whose cultures would inevitably bow before the advanced technologies of the Europeans. For decades, though, among the archaeologists, anthropologists, paleolinguists, and others whose discoveries Charles C. Mann brings together in 1491, different stories have been emerging. Among the revelations: the first Americans may not have come over the Bering land bridge around 12,000 B.C. but by boat along the Pacific coast 10 or even 20 thousand years earlier; the Americas were a far more urban, more populated, and more technologically advanced region than generally assumed; and the Indians, rather than living in static harmony with nature, radically engineered the landscape across the continents, to the point that even "timeless" natural features like the Amazon rainforest can be seen as products of human intervention. Continued below...

Mann is well aware that much of the history he relates is necessarily speculative, the product of pot-shard interpretation and precise scientific measurements that often end up being radically revised in later decades. But the most compelling of his eye-opening revisionist stories are among the best-founded: the stories of early American-European contact. To many of those who were there, the earliest encounters felt more like a meeting of equals than one of natural domination. And those who came later and found an emptied landscape that seemed ripe for the taking, Mann argues convincingly, encountered not the natural and unchanging state of the native American, but the evidence of a sudden calamity: the ravages of what was likely the greatest epidemic in human history, the smallpox and other diseases introduced inadvertently by Europeans to a population without immunity, which swept through the Americas faster than the explorers who brought it, and left behind for their discovery a land that held only a shadow of the thriving cultures that it had sustained for centuries before. Includes outstanding photos and maps.

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