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The Sioux: The Dakota and Lakota Nations

ISBN: 978-1-55786-566-3
328 pages
December 2002, Wiley-Blackwell
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This book covers the entire historical range of the Sioux, from their emergence as an identifiable group in late prehistory to the year 2000. The author has studied the material remains of the Sioux for many years. His expertise combined with his informative and engaging writing style and numerous photographs create a compelling and indispensable book.


  • A leading expert discusses and analyzes the Sioux people with rigorous scholarship and remarkably clear writing.
  • Raises questions about Sioux history while synthesizing the historical and anthropological research over a wide scope of issues and periods.
  • Provides historical sketches, topical debates, and imaginary reconstructions to engage the reader in a deeper thinking about the Sioux.
  • Includes dozens of photographs, comprehensive endnotes and further reading lists.
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List of Figures.

Preface and Acknowledgments.

1. Reading the Sioux.

2. The Prehistory of the Sioux, 9500 BC-AD 1650.

3. The French and English Fur Trade, 1650-1803.

4. The Early American Period, 1803-1850.

5. Fighting for Survival, 1850-1889.

6. Assimilation and Allotment, 1889-1934.

7. Restoration and Reorganization, 1934-1975.

8. The Sioux Today: Self-Determination, 1975-2000.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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Guy Gibbon is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. He has worked as an anthropologist on Sioux reservations and pioneered excavations of early Sioux settlements in Minnesota’s northern forests. He is the author of Explanation in Archaeology (1989) and the editor of Archaeology of Prehistoric Native America: An Encyclopedia (1998).
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  • A leading expert discusses and analyzes the Sioux people with rigorous scholarship and remarkably clear writing.

  • Raises questions about Sioux history while synthesizing the historical and anthropological research over a wide scope of issues and periods.

  • Provides historical sketches, topical debates, and imaginary reconstructions to engage the reader in a deeper thinking about the Sioux.

  • Includes dozens of photographs, comprehensive endnotes and further reading lists.
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‘This book is ideal fare for the reader who has always wanted a source that illuminates the rich history and diversity of Sioux culture – one that includes insightful lessons in cross-cultural understanding.’ W. Raymond Wood, University of Missouri <!--end-->

‘Guy Gibbon’s The Sioux: The Dakota and Lakota Nations is the first attempt to write about the Sioux from prehistory to the present in a single volume. This book is a valuable starting point for readers interested in Sioux history and culture.’ Raymond J. DeMallie, Indiana University

"Readable and sophisticated, this book covers both the famous western Sioux of the plains (Lakota) and the less well known forest dwelling eastern Dakota, from the earliest humans in their Minnesota homeland (9500 BCE) to 2000 CE. Suitable as a text, the book engages general readers too." Choice

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