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View Poll Results: what is your favorite 'culture area'?
Northeast 7 14.58%
Southeast 2 4.17%
Great Plains 12 25.00%
Southwest 13 27.08%
Great Basin 0 0%
California 1 2.08%
Plateau 1 2.08%
Northwest Coast 9 18.75%
Subartic 0 0%
Artic 3 6.25%
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Old October 16th, 2014, 08:36 AM   #11
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For me it's a hard choice between the Sub-Arctic and Plateau cultures, I went with the Plateau culture, though perhaps just out of familiarity.
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Old October 16th, 2014, 01:08 PM   #12

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Voted Southwest culture in part since their culture inspired some of the best American cinema of mid 20th Century, "The Searchers", et al. For individual courage and a determination to resist the dominant European culture the Southwest cultures must be included on any list.
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Old October 16th, 2014, 01:30 PM   #13

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Southwest for the geography and landscape of the place, Arizona, New Mexico, So. Nevada are beautiful. The architecture I associate with these cultures is also very appealing to me. The Plains Indians get my vote for being overall badasses though, the Comanche in particular.
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Southwest for the geography and landscape of the place, Arizona, New Mexico, So. Nevada are beautiful. The architecture I associate with these cultures is also very appealing to me. The Plains Indians get my vote for being overall badasses though, the Comanche in particular.
Did the Comanche extend out into the Great Plains area? I thought they were just down here in the Southwest and West Texas? I am no expert, just asking.

I really need to learn more about the Blackhawk War. I grew up around the area where Blackhawk was real popular. I looked it up on the usual quickie history of Wikipedia, but I wonder if anyone here knows of any real research that has been done and written up about the tribes involved and the history of that period (very late 1820s to early 1830s I think)?
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I really need to learn more about the Blackhawk War. I grew up around the area where Blackhawk was real popular. I looked it up on the usual quickie history of Wikipedia, but I wonder if anyone here knows of any real research that has been done and written up about the tribes involved and the history of that period (very late 1820s to early 1830s I think)?
It's usually useful to look at the bibliography near the bottom of Wikipedia entries on a topic. Here's one that is listed, sounds like what you want. There are more out there...

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It's usually useful to look at the bibliography near the bottom of Wikipedia entries on a topic. Here's one that is listed, sounds like what you want. There are more out there...

Amazon.com: Uncommon Defense: Indian Allies in the Black Hawk War (9780674035188): John W. Hall: Books
Thank you. I usually do check out the sources at the bottom, but sometimes when dealing with these types of unfamiliar topics (for me) I do not know which sources to really trust or go to first. It is nice to run into those who already have a handy reading list of the more well known and cited scholarly works on a topic!
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Thank you. I usually do check out the sources at the bottom, but sometimes when dealing with these types of unfamiliar topics (for me) I do not know which sources to really trust or go to first. It is nice to run into those who already have a handy reading list of the more well known and cited scholarly works on a topic!
I can understand that. beyond first finding it listed in the Wiki article, I checked that the author was a history professor (he is), who published it (Harvard University Press) and that it was recent (2009). Then I read a few of the editorial reviews on the Amazon listing and saw several professors recommended it (including Colin Calloway, whose books on Indians I've read).

Still, that's not a 100% guarantee, but much more likely than not, it's a very good book.
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Great Plains seemed the coolest to me. I always liked the Sioux.
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Well, I live in the Northwest coast area. It's an interesting area because the abundance of fish allowed the natives to live in villages while still being hunter-gatherers. At the northern end of the culture area, peoples like the Tlingit and Haida were regarded as fierce warriors and slavers, sending canoes on raids as far as northern California. Their victims included the patrilineal (rare for the area) and fairly peaceful Coast Salish. The Chinook, living along the Columbia River that separates Washington and Oregon, were great traders who spread a simplified version of their language, "Chinook jargon", far and wide.
Regardless of differing manners and customs, all the native nations had to be skilled fishermen and also woodworkers. The most famous part of their material culture, practically the only one that contributes to the stereotypical image of the American Indian, are the totem poles:

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The most famous part of their material culture, practically the only one that contributes to the stereotypical image of the American Indian, are the totem poles
Oh I'd say there's quite a few other bits of material culture inhabiting the stereotype: canoes, tomahawks, tasseled leather jackets and moccasins, beadwork, feather headdresses, teepees and wigwams and longhouses, Haida-style artwork (up here in Canada anyway, where the stuff is ubiquitous), dreamcatchers, etc

As to the OP I'd say there's four main groups that really catch my interest: Iroqouis, Haida, Micmac, and Anasazi.
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