Barbara A Gray-Kanatiiosh
(Checkerboard Library, Jan. 1, 2007)
Easy-to-read text and colorful illustrations and photos teach readers about Chickasaw history, traditions, and modern life. This book describes society and family structure, hunting, fishing, and gathering methods, and ceremonies and rituals. Readers will learn about Chickasaw homes, clothing, and crafts such as baskets, mats, and pottery. A traditional myth is included, as is a description of famous Chickasaw leader Tishomingo. Wars, weapons, and contact with Europeans are discussed. Topics including European influence, assimilation, land rights, the formation of reservations, and federal recognition are also addressed. In addition, modern Chickasaw culture and still-celebrated traditions are described. Chickasaw homelands are illustrated with a detailed map of the United States. Bold glossary terms and an index accompany engaging text. This book is written and illustrated by Native Americans, providing authentic perspectives of the Chickasaw.