Man's rise to civilization as shown by the Indians of North America from primeval times to the coming of the industrial state / Peter Farb.


[1st ed.].. New York : Dutton, 1968.

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Subjects Civilization.
Ethnic relations.
Homme primitif.
Indians -- Social conditions.
Indians of North America.
Indians.
Indiens d'Amérique -- Amérique du Nord.
United States -- Civilization.
United States -- Ethnic relations.
United States -- History.
United States -- Indians -- History.
United States -- Indians -- Social conditions.
United States.
Description xx, 332 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Copyright Date 1968.
Notes Second edition published in 1978 under title: Man's rise to civilization.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 308-320).
Summary Examines and describes the various customs of North American Indian tribes to explain the evolution of man as a social being - his relationships with his family and kin groups, his religious and his political institutions. Includes Eskimos, Sub-arctic Indians, Plains Indians, Aztec Indians, and Pueblo Indians.
Contents Continued : The Long Migration : The Peopling of North America -- The Continentthat had never known man -- Over the land bridge -- Paths across the continent -- The Earliest big-game hunters -- The Great extinction -- Preadapted cultures emerge -- The Desert culture and the eastern archaic -- Beginnings of agriculture -- Transpacific contacts? -- The Flowering of diversity -- The Eastern woodlands -- The Mound builders -- The Generations of Adam : The Missing skeletons -- The Evidence of the skulls -- The American race -- Half a thousand tongues -- Dating by language -- Man at the mercy of his language.
Eskimo : Environment and adaptation : The Far-flung people -- Sociality and survival -- Wife-lending and other exchanges -- Feuds and duels -- A Communistic society? -- The Birth of the gods -- The Shaman, dealer in the supernatural -- Taboo : handicaps to survival? -- The Sub- Artic : Living with Expediency : The Composit Band -- Capitalism : Innate or acquired? -- The Hunting territory -- The Social function of anxiety -- An explanation of reincarnation -- Totem and taboo -- -- Southeran California : the Potentialities of the Band : The Patrilocal band -- Lieages, moieties, and sacred bundles -- Puberty rites -- Cultural hybrids.
Foreword / Elman R. Service -- The Evolution of complexity : A Laboratory for modern man -- The First Americans -- How cultures change -- Differences and simularities in the cultures of mankind -- Man as a social animal -- The Band : Great Basin Shoshone : Cultural Improverishment -- Of Apes and men -- The Irreducible minimum of human socity -- Incest -- The Most leisured people -- Cooperation -- Ajusting to a White world.
Socieies Under Stress : The End of the Trail : First encounters -- The Noble Red Man and the bloodshirsty savage -- The Great removl -- The Cherokee -- The Last stand -- Borrowed Cultures : the Debt to the Indian -- Squaw men -- Acculturation without assimilation -- The Navaho -- Navaho and Zuni war veterans -- The Hopes of the Oppressed : Revivalistic movements -- The First phase : recovery of lost cultures -- Dreamers -- The Ghost Dance -- The Second phase : accomodation -- Peyotism -- Messiah : Indian and others -- A Society for the preservation of cultures.
The Chiefdom : Northwest Coast : Status and -- The Affuent societies of the Pacific Coast -- A Complex social organization -- Rank and status -- Sumptuary laws -- Primitive slavery -- Specialists in religion and art -- Totem poles -- The Economics of prestige -- The Rise and fall of chiefdoms -- Natchez : People of the Sun -- The French romantics -- The Great sun -- Ruler as supreme priest -- Caste versus class -- The Last of the mound builders -- The State : Aztec : study in total power : The Rise to respectability -- The Valley of Mexico -- The Conquest by Corties -- The Aztec state -- Class and clan -- Warriors and priests -- The Death of the sun.
The Tribe : Zuni : Unity through Religion : The Pueblo Indians : The Clans -- The Woman's role -- Zuni relligion -- Ritual and memorial day -- The "Peaceful" Pueblo? -- Rites of rebellion -- Iroquois : Primitive democracy : "The Greeks of America : -- The Democracy of the League and arxism -- Great men and great events -- Warfare in the woodlands -- The Great Spirit and monotheism -- False faces -- Plains : Equestrian Revolutionaries : The Great American epic -- A Living experiment in cultural change -- The Make-believe Indians -- Coups and scalping -- Causes of warfare -- The New rich -- Visions quests -- The End of a culture.
Genre History.
Geographic Area United States
Network Numbers (OCoLC)410628
(OCoLC)ocm00410628
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Farb, Peter.
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