Native Reactions To The Invasion Of America James Axtell
The other essays are divided into three sections. The first section consists of three essays about early contacts between Indians and Europeans. "Imagining the Other" argues that Indians and Europeans initially saw each other within their own framework of cultural categories until eventually experience with "the other" created new categories. "The Exploration of Norumbega" looks at many of the same issues but with a geographic focus on Norumbega (Maine before it was called "Maine"). And "Native Reactions to the Invasion of America" surveys the varied, but in most cases damaging, effects of European contact on native communities. The three essays in the second section go beyond initial Indian-European contacts to examine how Indians incorporated European trade goods, Indian responses to Jesuit missionization, and "Humor in Ethnohistory" (or what Indians and Europeans thought was funny about the other). The four essays in the last section discuss historiographical issues. One essay assesses how American history textbooks have treated the Age of Discovery; another provides a detailed review of the books, archival collections, film and television projects, and archaeological investigations that have been largely inspired by the Columbus Quincentennial. And finally, two essays deal with the murky issues of perspective, truth, and morality in the telling of history, especially in the telling of the history of Columbus and his Indian, African, and European contemporaries.