This entry in Osprey's series of books on the Native American tribes looks at the many groups that occupied the Great Lakes area, also known as the old North West.
After a brief overview of the area, the main part of the book starts with a look at the main tribal groups within the Great Lakes region. A nice touch here is that the histories are taken up to the present day, and include the most recent census figures for the modern day members of each tribe. This is followed by an overview of the main conflicts involving these tribes, and some small biographies of major leaders. The first two sections are of about equal length.
The tribes of this area had to deal with three different sets of Europeans, first the French, who saw the area as a key link on the route between Canada and the Mississippi, then the English and finally the Americans, who already had a separate voice before independence.
The author has managed to pack a great deal into this book, and even the notes on the colour plates are filled with useful historical information.
The Great Lakes Region
Principal Indian Nations
Wars with the White Man
Some Indian Leaders
Beliefs and Rituals
The Great Lakes Tribes since c.1850
Author: Michael G. Johnson