Synopses & Reviews
Today, some two million American Indians inhabit the United States, less than one percent of the nation's population. Their origins have always been viewed from a 500-year-old perspectiveand#8212;from the point of view of the Europeans who and#8220;discoveredand#8221; the New World. Yet the true story of the American Indians begins some seventeen thousand years agoand#8212;and it is past due for a telling that shows Indians as they are, rather than as westerners wish them to be.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Recent archaeological findings, newly discovered written accounts, and never-before-published records have contributed to a whole new understanding of our country's oldest ancestors. Drawing upon the latest research, as well as his own personal experience living among the Hopi tribes, acclaimed author and former andlt;iandgt;Natural Historyandlt;/iandgt; magazine editor Jake Page covers all aspects of Indian life throughout the ages. From the Pleistocene era to Custer's Last Stand, the Trail of Tears to the Indian Civil Rights Act, the establishment of reservations to the negotiation of casino property, andlt;iandgt;In the Hands of the Great Spiritandlt;/iandgt; reveals the astonishing endurance of a group of people whose experience is as varied as the world is old.
andlt;Iandgt;Phoenix New Timesandlt;/Iandgt; Page brings scholarly detail as well as literary flair to this epic account.
andlt;Iandgt;Santa Fe New Mexicanandlt;/Iandgt; A history survey and narrative with no equal, andlt;Iandgt;In the Hands of the Great Spiritandlt;/Iandgt; is a work that belongs on the shelves of anyone who aims to gain a deeper understanding of the history, suffering, and triumphs of this land's original inhabitants.
andlt;Iandgt;The Washington Postandlt;/Iandgt; Judicious, as well as flowing, lucid, and satisfying....Great praise goes to Page for joining so many others in getting out the story of Indian nations.
The Washington Post
Judicious, as well as flowing, lucid, and satisfying....Great praise goes to Page for joining so many others in getting out the story of Indian nations.
andlt;Iandgt;Publishers Weeklyandlt;/Iandgt; (starred review) A magnum opus...fills an enormous gap in the popular historical literature.
About the Author
Jake Page is a former editor of both Natural History and Smithsonian magazines and author of numerous magazine articles and books on topics related to American Indian history, culture, and art. With his wife, Susanne, he produced the classic Hopi, Navajo, and Field Guide to Southwestern Indian Arts and Crafts and edited Sacred Lands of Indian America. Page lives in New Mexico's Indian Country.