WDSC100-03 - Civilizations The Americas before Columbus...

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“‘No other field in American history has grown as fast,’ marveled Joyce Chapman, a Harvard historian, in 2003.” Charles C. Mann, 1491 [p. 35] The Americas before Columbus
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The Traditional View American history began in 1492 The New World was sparsely populated by small bands of nomadic, Stone Age hunter-gatherers America was a pristine wilderness before European settlement
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Stereotypes and other Nonsense
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Featured Reference Mann, Charles C. 2005. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus
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“Terminological Quicksand” “Native Americans?” … or “Indians?”
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“Terminological Quicksand” “Anyone born in the western hemisphere is a Native American.” “I abhor the term Native American.” Russell Means
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“Terminological Quicksand” Likely to call themselves Dine, Lakota, Ojibwe, Haudenosaunee, etc. The Point : The indigenous peoples of the Americas were a diverse mix of societies, cultures, languages, and customs
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The Anasazi
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Mesa Verde, Colorado
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Canyon de Chelly, Arizona
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