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Becoming Brave: The Path to Native American Manhood
By: Laine Thom
With spellbinding stories and pictures, Becoming Brave transports us to the Plains Indians' path to manhood. That path was furnished with beautiful artifacts attesting to the Indians' belief that art and life always went hand in hand.
Sixty-four color and eighteen black-and-white photographs present the people, places, clothing, and equipment that underlie the country's legends and the fascination of a way of life that disappeared with the coming of the white man.
Vivid photographs and detailed descriptions of weapons, clothing, and hunting tools reveal the central events and myths around which Native American men shaped their lives. These important objects recount the intertribal warfare, adolescent rites of passage, hunting and equestrian prowess, and survival skills of Native Americans in the American West. In addition to an introduction, bibliography, and index, the book recounts a war party legend, two stories involving the famous battles at Wounded Knee and Little Bighorn, and an excerpt from Black Elk Speaks. A haunting evocation of the warrior spirit, Becoming Brave will captivate and inform anyone with an interest in anthropology, early American history, or indigenous culture.
About the Author
Laine Thom of the Shoshoni Tribe is the assistant curator, respectively, for the David T. Vernon-Rockefeller Collection at Colter Bay Indian Arts Museum in Grand Teton National Park Wyoming.
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