KumeyaayBook - 2007
Easy-to-read text and colorful illustrations and photos teach readers about Kumeyaay history, traditions, and modern life. This book describes society and family structure, hunting, fishing, and gathering methods, and ceremonies and rituals. Readers will learn about Kumeyaay homes, clothing, and crafts such as baskets and pottery. A traditional myth is included, as is a description of famous Kumeyaay leader Jane Dumas. Wars, weapons, and contact with Europeans are discussed. Topics including European influence, assimilation, missionaries, the formation of reservations, and federal recognition are also addressed. In addition, modern Kumeyaay culture and still-celebrated traditions such as bird songs are described. Kumeyaay homelands are illustrated with a detailed map of the United States. Bold glossary terms and an index accompany engaging text. This book is written and illustrated by Native Americans, providing authentic perspectives of the Kumeyaay.