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Philomena Hauck and Kathleen M. Snow

Calgary, Detselig Enterprises, 1989. l00pp, paper, $13.95
ISBN 0-920490-99-9.CIP

Grades 7 to 9/Ages 12 to 14
Reviewed by Lillian M. Turner.

Volume 18 Number 1
1990 January

The authors, both associated with the University of Alberta following success­ful teaching careers, are, respectively, associate professor and director of the Educational Materials Centre, and associate professor in the Faculty of Education.

A brief introduction outlines the original locations of various native tribes, their customs, and life-styles, which were drastically changed by the arrival of the Europeans. The seven biographies that follow include those Indian leaders from the east to the west coast who had influence over their peoples' dealings with the newcomers up to Confederation.

The stories are enlivened with anecdotes, in one case blending legend with fact, in others with lively descrip­tions of tribal customs, childhood activities, ceremonies, and dances. The leaders' relations with their own people, other native tribes, the French, and the English, and their role in the fur trade are all clearly outlined. Native, French, and English treacheries towards each other are objectively recounted. Joseph Brant, Pontiac, and Crowfoot are probably the three names most familiar to stu­dents.

The Romney portrait of Brant graces the front cover; other illustrations from the National and Glenbow archives are in black and white. Sturdily bound with a table of contents and selected bibliog­raphy. Several "typo" errors in the useful glossary were distracting.

Lillian M. Turner, Toronto, Ont.
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