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By Russell Thornton

ISBN-10: 080612220X

ISBN-13: 9780806122205

This demographic evaluation of North American Indian heritage describes intimately the holocaust that, even this day, white american citizens are likely to brush aside as an unlucky concomitant of happen future. they want to omit that, as Euro-Americans invaded North the US and prospered within the "New World," the numbers of local peoples declined sharply; complete tribes, usually within the house of some years, have been "wiped from the face of the earth."


The fires of the holocaust that fed on American Indians blazed within the fevers of newly encountered illnesses, the flash of settlers’ and infantrymen’ weapons, the ravages of "firewater," and the scorched-earth rules of the white invaders. Russell Thornton describes how the holocaust had as its motives affliction, conflict and genocide, removing and relocation, and destruction of aboriginal methods of life.


Until lately such a lot students appeared reluctant to invest approximately North American Indian populations in 1492. during this ebook Thornton discusses intimately what number Indians there have been, the place they'd come from, and the way sleek scholarship in lots of disciplines may perhaps let us to make extra actual estimates of aboriginal populations.

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One might, for example, have figures for the number of men, women, warriors, or families of a tribe and want to establish a total population size. One may do so by first establishing the ratio of the total population that the subpopulation figure represents and then multiplying by this ratio. Obviously, the problem here lies in determining the accuracy of the ratio. Subareal projections may be used when one has a population figure for a sub-area, or even a different area entirely, and one wants to ascertain the population of the larger or other area (Kroeber, 1939; Snow, 1980).

Any type of data described above may be cross-checked with any other type. For example, historical documents may be compared with archaeological evidence, or with the carrying capacity of the environment (Snow, 1980). It is also beneficial to compare examples of the same type of information; for example, one set of documents with another (Mooney, 1910a, 1928). In temporal checking data about two or more points in time are compared to see if they make sense. If, for example, the evidence indicates 10,000 people at one point in time and twice that number only a few years later, both figures are probably not correct.

Many scholars have not considered historic events in examining evidence and reports prepared by others. One should always be aware of such events. Credibility checking involves either the direct credibility of the evidence or the credibility of the means whereby it was obtained. This is similar to cross-checking, but in credibility checking, one compares additional information of the same type about the population rather than other types of information. For example, many of the Europeans who had early contacts with native peoples of the Western Hemisphere widely exaggerated, often intentionally, often not, the number of Indians present, or sometimes they grossly under-reported them (Rosenblat, 1976).

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