The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Native American HistoryFeb 15th, 2004 | By tjilot | Category: 15-3: English Only?, Media Reviews
by Walter C. Fleming
Penguin Group Inc. USA (2003). 311 pages.
Review by Tracey Jilot
Gone are the days when history buffs had to wade through textbook after textbook for information about Native Americans, gone are the days of high school students’ complaints that the textbooks are dry and often boring. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Native American History is not only packed with information, it is also an enjoyment to read.
This is perhaps one of the most comprehensive, interesting, and fact-filled books about history I have read. The author, Dr. Walter C. Fleming, is an enrolled member of the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas. He was born on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana and raised on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, also in Montana. Fleming is a professor of Native American Studies and the director of the Center for Native American Studies at Montana State University in Bozeman.
The author adds wit, wisdom, chronologies, up-to-date facts as well as Native American voices and tribal truths to every chapter of the book. I highly recommend this book for Native American college history classes, high school history classes, as well as readers just interested in the subject.
Tracey Jilot, an enrolled member of the Chippewa Cree tribe of Rocky Boy, MT, has been the librarian at Stone Child College for three years. She is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Library Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.