By Elizabeth A. Fenn
Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for History
Encounters on the center of the World matters the Mandan Indians, iconic Plains humans whose teeming, busy cities at the top Missouri River have been for hundreds of years on the middle of the North American universe. we all know of them commonly simply because Lewis and Clark spent the iciness of 1804-1805 with them, yet why do not we all know extra? Who have been they honestly? during this striking publication, Elizabeth A. Fenn retrieves their heritage through piecing jointly vital new discoveries in archaeology, anthropology, geology, climatology, epidemiology, and dietary technological know-how. Her boldly unique interpretation of those different study findings bargains us a brand new viewpoint on early American background, a brand new interpretation of the yankee past.
by means of 1500, greater than twelve thousand Mandans have been proven at the northern Plains, and their advertisement prowess, agricultural abilities, and recognition for hospitality turned recognized. contemporary archaeological discoveries convey how those local American humans thrived, after which how they collapsed. the wear and tear wrought through imported illnesses like smallpox and the havoc brought on by the coming of horses and steamboats have been tragic for the Mandans, but, as Fenn makes transparent, their feel of themselves as a individuals with exact traditions endured.
A riveting account of Mandan historical past, landscapes, and folks, Fenn's narrative is enriched and enlivened not just by means of technological know-how and examine yet by means of her personal encounters on the middle of the world.
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