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Encounters at the Heart of the World - A History of the Mandan People

Elizabeth A. Fenn

Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for History Encounters at the Heart of the World concerns the Mandan Indians, iconic Plains people whose teeming, busy towns on the upper Missouri River were for centuries at the center of the North American universe. We know of them mostly because Lewis and Clark spent the winter of 1804-1805 with them, but why don't we know more? Who were they really? In this extraordinary book, Elizabeth A. Fenn retrieves their history by piecing together important new discoveries in archaeology, anthropology, geology, climatology, epidemiology, and nutritional science. Her boldly original interpretation of these diverse research findings offers us a new perspective on early American history, a new interpretation of the American past. By 1500, more than twelve thousand Mandans were established on the northern Plains, and their commercial prowess, agricultural skills, and reputation for hospitality became famous. Recent archaeological discoveries show how these Native American people thrived, and then how they collapsed. The damage wrought by imported diseases like smallpox and the havoc caused by the arrival of horses and steamboats were tragic for the Mandans, yet, as Fenn makes clear, their sense of themselves as a people with distinctive traditions endured. A riveting account of Mandan history, landscapes, and people, Fenn's narrative is enriched and enlivened not only by science and research but by her own encounters at the heart of the world.

Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for History Encounters at the Heart of the World concerns the Mandan Indians, iconic Plains people whose teeming, busy towns on the upper Missouri River were for centuries at the center of the North American universe. We know of them mostly because Lewis and Clark spent the winter of 1804-1805 with them, but why don't we know more? Who were they really? In this extraordinary book, Elizabeth A. Fenn retrieves their history by piecing together important new discoveries in archaeology, anthropology, geology, climatology, epidemiology, and nutritional science. Her boldly original interpretation of these diverse research findings offers us a new perspective on early American history, a new interpretation of the American past. By 1500, more than twelve thousand Mandans were established on the northern Plains, and their commercial prowess, agricultural skills, and reputation for hospitality became famous. Recent archaeological discoveries show how these Native American people thrived, and then how they collapsed. The damage wrought by imported diseases like smallpox and the havoc caused by the arrival of horses and steamboats were tragic for the Mandans, yet, as Fenn makes clear, their sense of themselves as a people with distinctive traditions endured. A riveting account of Mandan history, landscapes, and people, Fenn's narrative is enriched and enlivened not only by science and research but by her own encounters at the heart of the world.
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History

Description:

Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for History Encounters at the Heart of the World concerns the Mandan Indians, iconic Plains people whose teeming, busy towns on the upper Missouri River were for centuries at the center of the North American universe. We know of them mostly because Lewis and Clark spent the winter of 1804-1805 with them, but why don't we know more? Who were they really? In this extraordinary book, Elizabeth A. Fenn retrieves their history by piecing together important new discoveries in archaeology, anthropology, geology, climatology, epidemiology, and nutritional science. Her boldly original interpretation of these diverse research findings offers us a new perspective on early American history, a new interpretation of the American past. By 1500, more than twelve thousand Mandans were established on the northern Plains, and their commercial prowess, agricultural skills, and reputation for hospitality became famous. Recent archaeological discoveries show how these Native American people thrived, and then how they collapsed. The damage wrought by imported diseases like smallpox and the havoc caused by the arrival of horses and steamboats were tragic for the Mandans, yet, as Fenn makes clear, their sense of themselves as a people with distinctive traditions endured. A riveting account of Mandan history, landscapes, and people, Fenn's narrative is enriched and enlivened not only by science and research but by her own encounters at the heart of the world.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Christine Marshall

Length:

10h 33m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

13:36


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

28:24


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

28:16


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

16:50


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

17:52


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

23:30


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

23:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

18:31


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

17:40


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

27:59


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

28:43


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

19:08


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

19:45


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

18:35


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

18:20


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

29:57


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

30:04


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

24:29


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

23:59


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

15:47


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

15:42


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

21:49


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

20:50


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

20:40


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

22:28


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

18:05


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

17:32


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

17:21


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

16:56


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

16:28