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By Russell Thornton

This demographic evaluate of North American Indian historical past describes intimately the holocaust that, even this present day, white americans are likely to push aside as an unlucky concomitant of show up future. they want to overlook that, as Euro-Americans invaded North the USA and prospered within the "New World," the numbers of local peoples declined sharply; whole tribes, usually within the house of some years, have been "wiped from the face of the earth."


The fires of the holocaust that ate up American Indians blazed within the fevers of newly encountered illnesses, the flash of settlers’ and squaddies’ weapons, the ravages of "firewater," and the scorched-earth guidelines of the white invaders. Russell Thornton describes how the holocaust had as its explanations ailment, battle and genocide, removing and relocation, and destruction of aboriginal methods of life.


Until lately so much students appeared reluctant to invest approximately North American Indian populations in 1492. during this booklet Thornton discusses intimately what number Indians there have been, the place that they had come from, and the way smooth scholarship in lots of disciplines may possibly allow us to make extra exact estimates of aboriginal populations.

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It is now realized that far greater numbers of American Indians were here than was previously thought. Yet much of the criticism probably should not be directed toward Mooney or his figures, but to their subsequent use. Mooney never indicated that his figures were for aboriginal population sizes; he indicated that they were for the periods of initial extensive European contact. He also suggested that they were only tentative figures (Mooney, 1928:12). In 1976, Douglas H. Ubelaker evaluated the sources and methodology of Mooney's work.

His estimate quickly became the figure accepted by most scholars, despite continuing controversies over the total aboriginal-population size for the Western Hemisphere and other subareas of it. To obtain his North America estimate, Mooney first arrived at estimates for all of the American Indian tribes north of the Mexico area. His primary sources were published reports and the notes of European explorers reporting figureswhich in turn were really estimates. 2 From such diverse sources Mooney established individual tribal population sizes.

4 What, then, is a reasonable estimate for aboriginal North America? Mooney's estimate of 1 million is far too low, since it does not take into ac- 4. See also Grinde (1984) for a discussion of birth-control practices among the Yamasee, Cook (1945) for a similar discussion regarding California Indians, and Ewers (1970) for contraceptive charms used by Plains Indians. html[1/17/2011 5:10:00 PM] next page > page_32 < previous page page_32 next page > Page 32 count early population reductions after the European arrival.

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