Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People by Elizabeth A. Fenn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Encounters at the Heart of the World is a detailed history of the Mandan people from the Missouri river valley area of North Dakota. This is a tribe that was once a large, thriving people that over time was nearly decimated. They battled natural elements, disease and rodents brought by European traders, and battled area tribes, losing 90% or so of their population. Today they are remembered and their descendants have begun to reignite the customs and ceremonies once celebrated by the Mandan people.
Very interesting look into a tribe that I had not previously heard (or remembered) of. Fenn does an excellent job of providing details about everyday life and the issues the Mandan faced.
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