How American Indians interpreted and transmitted their own histories in their own ways.
Native American historiography has been dominated by the writings of non-Natives, who have allowed their preconceived notions and prejudices to color their writings. In recent decades, there has been a concerted effort to balance the literature by providing the "Indian" perspective. The problem is, as brilliantly demonstrated in this work by Nabokov (American Indian studies and world arts and cultures, UCLA; Native American Architecture), there is no monolithic "Indian" perspective. Essentially an expansion of an essay titled "Native Views of History" that was published in The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas. Vol. 1: North America, this multidisciplinary intellectual history describes the many ways that individual Native American groups have defined their histories for their own purposes. By bringing these varying Native perspectives to the fore, Nabokov has performed a service that will only enrich future research into the history of Native American groups. This path-breaking work is highly recommended for all academic libraries and should be strongly considered by public libraries as well. John Burch, Campbellsville Univ. Lib., KY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.