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QUOTE (Richard Bercot @ Feb 8 2004, 08:43 PM)

Most of all I have several books on the Eastern Native Americans because I have a high interest in bringing back some of the culture and traditions. wink.gif

Hi Richard! My area of study on the Native Americans is centralized in the soutwestern cultures. I have read a lot on the Navaho, Hopi, Apache and Tohono O'odham. But when I lived in the southeast part of the country I did study the Cherokee as I lived amongst a lot of the people there. My absolute favorite book on the history of the Native American is "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" by Dee Brown. That covers every Indian trible and battle. Such a wonderful book that I have read many times. smile.gif



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I'll ask my uncle, he's history teacher and I got most of the books on german history of him... smile.gif


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QUOTE (CelticRose @ Feb 9 2004, 12:43 PM)
[QUOTE=Richard Bercot,Feb 8 2004, 08:43 PM]
My absolute favorite book on the history of the Native American is "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" by Dee Brown. That covers every Indian trible and battle. Such a wonderful book that I have read many times. smile.gif

This book was my "introduction" to the history of Native Americans.
CelticRose, I'm with you; it's a very good book which I love so much. The first time I read it...well, it was in my youth, really a long time ago and I also read it many, many times.


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I think I read it aswell, a long time ago (in my reckoning wink.gif ) it started off my Native American phase together with a book with the German title "Ein Kreis schliesst sich" (a circle closes) about a white girl that is fostered in a tribe.
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Posted: 12-Feb-2004, 05:05 AM
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QUOTE (Aon_Daonna @ Feb 11 2004, 06:54 PM)
I think I read it aswell, a long time ago (in my reckoning wink.gif )

Hehe, that's the difference ...for you it's a long time ago and in my case it's a REALLY long time ago rolleyes.gif ...
I think this book really is a good "starter" and after having read it you have the possibility to occupy more intensively with tribes or time periods you're most interested in.
This is what I'm doing for a REALLY wink.gif long time now. One of my most favourite fields of interest
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QUOTE (gaberlunzie @ Feb 11 2004, 05:35 PM)
[QUOTE=CelticRose,Feb 9 2004, 12:43 PM] [QUOTE=Richard Bercot,Feb 8 2004, 08:43 PM]
My absolute favorite book on the history of the Native American is "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" by Dee Brown. That covers every Indian trible and battle. Such a wonderful book that I have read many times. smile.gif [/QUOTE]
This book was my "introduction" to the history of Native Americans.
CelticRose, I'm with you; it's a very good book which I love so much. The first time I read it...well, it was in my youth, really a long time ago and I also read it many, many times.

You have read "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee?" Wow! That book has been around a very long time and I read it in my youth when I was first became fascinated with the history and culture of the people. I attended school with many Native American people so I wanted to know more about them. LIke you say, it is a really good introductory book,but one that I have read many times since. I have quite a Native American history library.
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I read several books about Merovingian kings but it's a bit difficult to find books about that period except in universities.
French/English middle-ages, from the beguining to the crusades.
I've read some good books about the arabo-persian civilisation too. One of my favourite is "The sun of Allah bright over the occident" wich spoke of all the scientific, medical and artistic inventions of the arabs of the 9th century.


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[QUOTE=CelticRose,Feb 12 2004, 01:21 PM][QUOTE=gaberlunzie,Feb 11 2004, 05:35 PM] [QUOTE=CelticRose,Feb 9 2004, 12:43 PM] [QUOTE=Richard Bercot,Feb 8 2004, 08:43 PM]
My absolute favorite book on the history of the Native American is "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" by Dee Brown. That covers every Indian trible and battle. Such a wonderful book that I have read many times. smile.gif [/QUOTE]
This book was my "introduction" to the history of Native Americans.
CelticRose, I'm with you; it's a very good book which I love so much. The first time I read it...well, it was in my youth, really a long time ago and I also read it many, many times. [/QUOTE]
You have read "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee?" Wow! That book has been around a very long time and I read it in my youth when I was first became fascinated with the history and culture of the people. I attended school with many Native American people so I wanted to know more about them. LIke you say, it is a really good introductory book,but one that I have read many times since. I have quite a Native American history library.[/QUOTE]
Hi, Rose;

I just looked it up: I bought the book in 1974 together with Ceram's "The First American".
I remember I was deeply impressed (and I still am) by Browns way of writing. I thought that I've finally found someone who tried to do a fair description. "Bury my heart at Wounded Knee" never lost fascination to me. It's awesome.
Ceram writes in the preface:

"Here a legend is going to be destroyed, the curtain of the bitter truth lifted. Never before the horrors have been written down better than here in the story of the Red Man's destruction.
One could say: This book is written with blood and tears."

I have nothing to add...
History and culture of the Native Americans is still an important field of interest for me. In a certain way it influenced me rather early in my life to stand up against injustice.
I've lost several of my books I had during my time of divorce... sad.gif however. Could you recommend me the one or other? I'm sure over there you had the opportunity to get more books than here...
Thank you!! smile.gif
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Gaberlunzie, I have never read Ceram's book. The books I mostly have on the Native Americans are on the individual tribes so I could study each one more extensively. There are too many to mention. A couple of books that I have on the whole is "World of the American Indian" by National Geographic, "North American Indians" by Royal B. Hassrick and "Indians of North America" by Geoffrey Turner. Those all deal with the beginning till present day. Hope that helps. wink.gif smile.gif I think I bought my Wounded Knee book about the time you did! biggrin.gif I have had it for many many years!
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Celtica, I read some things about the Merowingians, it's easier if you could make a trip to "Aix-la-chapelle" (or Aachen in German wink.gif ) the town of Charlemagne. You'll sure be able to find some things there that aren't too specialist. I got most of the history books I read about that time out of Düsseldorf's university library though..
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QUOTE (CelticRose @ Feb 12 2004, 04:18 PM)
Gaberlunzie, I have never read Ceram's book. The books I mostly have on the Native Americans are on the individual tribes so I could study each one more extensively. There are too many to mention. A couple of books that I have on the whole is "World of the American Indian" by National Geographic, "North American Indians" by Royal B. Hassrick and "Indians of North America" by Geoffrey Turner. Those all deal with the beginning till present day. Hope that helps. wink.gif smile.gif I think I bought my Wounded Knee book about the time you did! biggrin.gif I have had it for many many years!

We are more or less of the same age, so it's not surprising we had been at school the same time...I think I bought this book rather immediately after ir was published in Germany.
Thank you for your kind answer! There is so much I would like to read and study; I have the feeling that I'll never have time enough to read and study all I wish to do...
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Oh Gaberlunzie! I can totally relate! I have soooooooo many books in my studio and not enough time to read them all! sad.gif I bought another book today,but that goes into the Historical romance thread! biggrin.gif
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biggrin.gif You're right Aon-Daonna, I think I'll have to do the pilgrimage to Aachen one day or another and sure I'll find some good books there but I must at first review my german ! laugh.gif More seriously, is there some archeological sites about this period in Aachen, or a museum ? Maybe it's a good place to visit.
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there are.. the dome in Aachen was actually started under charlemagne and he was crowned in it. I used to live not far away from there =) 30 minutes by car... There is alot of archeological sites from roman times as well, the romans valued the region because of the hot springs..


EDIT: btw, because it's relatively close to the border (belgium) you might be able to find some things in french there as well
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All that seem to be very promising... I love the ruins, it's as if the walls had a memory, you can almost feel the atmosphere of the place, even centuries after.
I had visited the ruins of a monastry one day, and I made my friends laught because I could feel nothing like peace or serenity. I can almost experience suffering, threat and death and I said "it's as if hundred of persons were died here". Half an hour later, we bought some documentation about the monastry and we learnt it was an hospital during the first world war, and it was destructed by a bombing, everyone has died...
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