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Fossil legends of the first Americans, Adrienne Mayor

Label
Fossil legends of the first Americans
Title
Fossil legends of the first Americans
Statement of responsibility
Adrienne Mayor
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The burnt-red badlands of Montana's Hell Creek are a vast graveyard of the Cretaceous dinosaurs that lived 68 million years ago. Those hills were, much later, also home to the Sioux, the Crows, and the Blackfeet, the first people to encounter the dinosaur fossils exposed by the elements. What did Native Americans make of these stone skeletons, and how did they explain the teeth and claws of gargantuan animals no one had seen alive? Did they speculate about their deaths? Did they collect fossils? Beginning in the East, with its Ice Age monsters, and ending in the West, where dinosaurs lived and died, this richly illustrated and elegantly written book examines the discoveries of enormous bones and uses of fossils for medicine, hunting magic, and spells. Well before Columbus, Native Americans observed the mysterious petrified remains of extinct creatures and sought to understand their transformation to stone. In perceptive creation stories, they visualized the remains of extinct mammoths, dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and marine creatures as Monster Bears, Giant Lizards, Thunder Birds, and Water Monsters. Their insights, some so sophisticated that they anticipate modern scientific theories, were passed down in oral histories over many centuries. Drawing on historical sources, archaeology, traditional accounts, and extensive personal interviews, Adrienne Mayor takes us from Aztec and Inca fossil tales to the traditions of the Iroquois, Navajos, Apaches, Cheyennes, and Pawnees. Fossil Legends of the First Americans represents a major step forward in our understanding of how humans made sense of fossils before evolutionary theory developed."--Publisher's description
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1946-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Mayor, Adrienne
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Indians
  • Indians
  • Fossils
  • Fossils
  • Tales
  • Paleontology
  • Paleoanthropology
  • America
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Antiquities
  • Fossils
  • Indians
  • Indians
  • Paleoanthropology
  • Paleontology
  • Tales
  • America
Label
Fossil legends of the first Americans, Adrienne Mayor
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published: 2005
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 407-427) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Marsh monsters of big bone lick -- The northeast: giants, great bears, and grandfather of the buffalo -- New Spain: bones of fear and birds of terror -- The southwest: fossil fetishes and monster slayers -- The prairies: fossil medicine and spirit animals -- The high plains: thunder birds, water monsters, and buffalo-calling stones -- Common ground -- Fossil frauds and specious legends
Control code
ocn861199884
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxxix, 446 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400849314
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.1515/9781400849314
Other physical details
illustrations, 1 map
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/ctt49v7ts
  • 9b5be33e-0e00-4e98-8cbc-c8a47bbc1f93
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)861199884
Label
Fossil legends of the first Americans, Adrienne Mayor
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published: 2005
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 407-427) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Marsh monsters of big bone lick -- The northeast: giants, great bears, and grandfather of the buffalo -- New Spain: bones of fear and birds of terror -- The southwest: fossil fetishes and monster slayers -- The prairies: fossil medicine and spirit animals -- The high plains: thunder birds, water monsters, and buffalo-calling stones -- Common ground -- Fossil frauds and specious legends
Control code
ocn861199884
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxxix, 446 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400849314
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.1515/9781400849314
Other physical details
illustrations, 1 map
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/ctt49v7ts
  • 9b5be33e-0e00-4e98-8cbc-c8a47bbc1f93
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)861199884

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