The Archaeology and History of the Native Georgia Tribes
Max E. WhiteForeword by Jerald T. Milanich, Series Editor
"A well-written and very readable treatment."--Georgia Historical Quarterly
"A sound overview of Georgia’s indigenous peoples [that] will fill an important void in the available literature about Georgia’s rich human past."--John E. Worth, Coosawattee Foundation
"An excellent overview of Native American prehistory and history [that] should be on the shelves of every public library and school in Georgia."--Marvin T. Smith, Valdosta State University
Spanning 12,000 years, this scientifically accurate and very readable book guides readers through the prehistoric and historic archaeological evidence left by Georgia's native peoples. It is the only comprehensive, up-to-date, and text-based overview of its kind in print. Drawing on an extensive body of archaeological and historical data, White traces Native American cultural development and accomplishment over the millennia preceding the establishment of Georgia as a colony and state. Each chapter opens with a vivid fictional vignette transporting the reader to a past culture and setting the scene for the narrative that follows. From hunting giant buffalo and elephants to attempts in the 1700s and 1800s to maintain tribal integrity in the face of European and Euro-American violence and threats, White takes the reader on an archaeologically based tour of the land that today is Georgia.
Evidence from selected archaeological sites and projects is woven into the narrative, and insets supplement the main text to highlight informative passages from archaeological reports and historical documents. A generous number of photographs, maps, and illustrations aid the reader in identifying artifacts and testify to the artistic abilities of these indigenous peoples of Georgia.
Max E. White is associate professor of anthropology at Piedmont College.
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"a concise history of Native Americans in Georgia from their origins some 12,000 years ago to the present… White draws on an extensive body of archaeological and historical data to tell the story of these people and their impressive accomplishments… a very readable account of this story." - American Archaeology--American Archaeology
" A well-written and very readable treatment"
--Georgia Historical Quarterly
"Synthesizes current archaeological and historical data and conclusions into a well-written, highly readable, and informed text that is both accessible to the lay audience and educational."
--American Indian Culture and Research Journal
"an authoritative work"
"assesses the changes and advancements in the history, culture, geography, and environment of the area's original inhabitants from roughly 12,000 BC to their forced removal in the 1830s."
"The Archaeology and History of the Native Georgia Tribes is unique and provides a thorough analyis of tribal anthropological history. It demonstrates that although the tribes were eventually unilaterally and forcefully removed, they inhabited the state for over twelve millenia and left indelible footprints that paint a portrait of a rich history."