Native Peoples of North America

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Professor Daniel M. Cobb, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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What Will You Learn?

  • numbers How Native Americans kept or lost their lands through treaties, war, and negotiations.
  • numbers What it meant to walk the Trail of Tears and the impact of removal on tribal nations.
  • numbers The impact of lesser-known activists such as Hunkpapa Gall, the Oglala Crazy Horse, and the Northern Cheyenne Wooden Leg.
  • numbers The contemporary struggle, including gaming, repatriation, religious freedom, federal recognition, self-government, legal jurisdiction, and resource development.

Course Overview

History, for all its facts and figures, names and dates, is ultimately subjective. You learn the points of view your teachers provide, the perspectives that books offer, and the conclusions you draw yourself based on the facts you were given. Hearing different angles on historical events gives you a more insightful, more accurate, and more rewarding understanding of events – especially when a new viewpoint challenges the story you thought you knew.

Now, The Great Courses has partnered with Smithsonian to bring you a course that will greatly expand your understanding of American history. This course, Native Peoples of North America, pairs the unmatched resources and expertise of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian with the unparalleled knowledge of Professor Daniel M. Cobb of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to provide a multidisciplinary view of American history, revealing new perspectives on the historical and contemporary experiences of Indigenous peoples, and their significant impact on the history of our country. Professor Cobb brings his experience as an author and teacher to recount an absolutely fascinating, larger-than-life story across a timespan of more than 500 years.

This insightful and unique 24-lecture course is filled with images and rare artifacts from Smithsonian’s famed collections, and informed by fascinating insights from Smithsonian historians. The National Museum of the American Indian, headquartered on the National Mall and visited by millions of Americans every year, is dedicated to the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of the Native Americans of the Western Hemisphere. Museum input into this course—both in helping to shape the riveting curriculum as allowing use of their spectacular collections—has allowed us create a truly engaging course that will thoroughly change your understanding of American history.

Unlearn What You Thought You Knew

One of the first myths Professor Cobb dispels is the Eurocentric view of the “Old World” and the “New World.” Noting that this terminology is the root of many narrow views, he proceeds to challenge stereotypical representations of American Indian history in each lecture. Many of the topics he shares will initially appear familiar until he presents the components and perspectives you were likely not taught.

Showcasing rare, historic artifacts and images from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, National Anthropological Archives, National Portrait Gallery, American Art Museum and Smithsonian Institution Archives, every lecture of this fascinating course helps disprove myths and stereotypes that many people take as fact. Narrating along with these dazzling visuals, you’ll hear Professor Cobb present a different account—or some new perspectives on—the Seven Years’ War, the American Revolution, the War of 1812, Cherokee removal, the Civil War, and the Indian Wars. You’ll delve into the seemingly familiar story of Westward Expansion—the pioneer trails, the Gold Rush, the Transcontinental Railroad—to discover the stories of the American Indian people who fought and negotiated to preserve their ancestral lands. Professor Cobb debunks many of the myths that you’ve taken as fact by providing the alternative side of the story:

  • You’ll learn that the impression many of us were given about European “discoverers” conquering and controlling the Native Americans was grossly exaggerated. Native Americans remained in positions of power from the beginning and through succeeding centuries.
  • You’ll hear the truth behind the many-times misinterpreted story of Pocahontas. She did not save John Smith’s life, nor did she and John Smith fall in love (and it is unclear whether she fell in love with her colonial husband John Rolfe). Professor Cobb dismisses these fairy tale versions and provides the (much more interesting) true story behind this supposedly well-known Native American heroine.
  • You’ll explore how Native Americans viewed, participated in, and used the Revolutionary War to form strategic alliances. Thought to be simply a clash between colonists and the British, Native American nations pushed back against a peace treaty that didn’t involve them in order to have a seat at the table.

The Impact of Colonization

The early colonial period introduced the Columbian Exchange, which created “new worlds for all” by transforming the lives of Indigenous peoples and Europeans alike. The Columbian Exchange refers to the transference of plants, animals, and diseases between the Americas and Eurasia and Africa that began with Christopher Columbus. It is quite an understatement to say the Columbian Exchange changed everything. In fact, the processes and consequences of this convergence are overwhelming in their complexity and their ramifications can still be felt today. Consider the following:

  • Coffee, pears, bananas, flour, queso, pilsners, peaches, apples, and cream are just a few of the staples we take for granted that wouldn’t become part of the modern American diet until they were introduced from abroad as a result of the Columbian Exchange.
  • On the flip side, Native Americans introduced colonials (and thus the world) to maize or corn, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, and manioc or cassava, as well as peanuts, tomatoes, cocoa, squash and pumpkins, pineapples, papaya, and avocados. These commodities then helped define the cuisines of other countries. As Professor Cobb asks, can you imagine Italian food without tomatoes?
  • Dandelions, sow thistle, shepherd’s purse, clover, and turf grass wouldn’t exist in North America unless the colonials had brought them. Without turf grass, football, soccer, and baseball and America’s lawns would be quite different.
  • When Columbus returned to the new world in 1493, he brought a host of animals that Indigenous people had never seen before, including donkeys, goats, sheep, chickens, pigs, cattle, and horses – none of which would exist in America otherwise. It may be surprising to discover that “Horse Nations,” such as the Lakota, Comanche, and Apache—portrayed as the stereotypical horse-riding Indians of the Plains—were a product of the Columbian Exchange.

This period of exchange was responsible for much of what we consider staple foods of America, as well as introducing the rest of the world to commodities they would never have accessed otherwise. As you journey through this course, you’ll be introduced to the many ramifications—both positive and negative—of a myriad of historical events that have long been told from only one side.

Discover the Unsung Heroes

There are countless stories of Native Americans whose achievements, sacrifices, or contributions have long been unacknowledged. With Professor Cobb’s knowledge and gift for storytelling, and aided by the hundreds of historical artworks and artifacts provided by the Smithsonian, you’ll get to know dozens of names and stories that previously went unrecognized. You’ll see that one of the marines in the iconic image of the American flag being lifted over Iwo Jima was Native American. The Carlisle Indian Industrial School was a dominant football team by the early 20th century, routinely crushing such big-school opponents as Army, Navy, Penn, Harvard, Chicago, and Yale. The Choctaws used their language to great effect during the final campaign of World War I, creating an unbreakable code for military communications. Twenty-nine Navajo men were recruited to devise a way to send and receive coded messages, creating an unbreakable codebook of 200 Navajo words used during combat in World War II.

Throughout this course, your eyes will be opened to legendary historical figures such as Pontiac, Tecumseh, John Ross, Black Kettle, Sitting Bull, and Geronimo—individuals you may already be familiar with, but may be surprised to find out what you didn’t know as Professor Cobb delivers their detailed biographies. You’ll also hear about lesser-known Native Americans who made significant contributions to the America we know today, such as Tecumseh and Tenskwatawa, or artists such as Wohaw and Fritz Scholder. And explore the role of women throughout Native American history, looking at the contributions of Laura Cornelius Kellogg, Sarah Winnemucca, Wilma Mankiller, Lili‘uokalani, Alberta Schenck, and Zitkala-Ša.

Going Beyond Wounded Knee

Native American history is often treated as though it ended in the late 19th century. Professor Cobb remedies this misconception by dedicating a full third of the course to the challenges and achievements of Native Americans in the late 19th and 20th centuries, as well as current events. Together, with evocative items and information straight from the collections and archives of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, you’ll hear the story of modern Native Americans, the people, challenges, and diverse cultures that came out of the 20th century and beyond. Professor Cobb unpacks well-known events and practices such as Wounded Knee and the Ghost Dance while also delving into the implications of lesser known incidents. For example, you’ll investigate the impact of World War I and World War II, reform movements such as the New Deal, and also many persistent issues including repatriation, gaming, religious rights, tribal jurisdiction, and more.

You’ll discover how in the 1960s and 1970s, Native American activism mirrored the mainstream protest movements of the era, first finding expression in literature, music, art, and higher education, and eventually making real change through legislative and judicial reform. Calling again on the Smithsonian’s exclusive archive of art, portraits, and artifacts, you’ll see key examples of how the counterculture both reflected and influenced the struggle for Native American recognition and rights.

Through these dazzling visuals, and Professor Cobb’s narration, you will come to understand that we are still in the midst of an era of Indigenous recovery and revitalization—one that has tested the limits of individual rights and tribal sovereignty. He’ll outline a few of the critical sites of contemporary struggle, including gaming, which has been the single most successful means of promoting economic development in reservation communities since it took off in the late 1980s. The first Native American operated casino opened in 1979 and shortly thereafter more than 120 tribes had followed suit. Although state governments reacted defensively, the concept of tribal sovereignty emerged victorious, which has not only helped the infrastructure of the Native American communities to grow and thrive, but has helped to revitalize depressed economies by providing jobs, business opportunities, and development.

Native Peoples of North America recounts an epic story of resistance and accommodation, persistence and adaption, extraordinary hardship and survival across more than 500 years of colonial encounter. As the Smithsonian curators stated, “The past never changes. But the way we understand it, learn about it, and know about it changes all the time.” Be prepared – this course is going to change how you understand American history. And no matter how much you know about this subject, at the conclusion, you will be surprised at how much you’ve learned.

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24 lectures
 |  Average 31 minutes each
  • 1
    Native America: A Story of Survival
    You'll begin by comparing the commonly held views of Native Americans to the realities of what was, and still is, a tapestry of rich and vibrant cultures. Professor Cobb will explain the pitfalls that occur when history doesn't provide this crucial viewpoint, and will break down the fallacies that result from the common mistake of consigning Native Americans to the past. x
  • 2
    The Columbian Exchange: New Worlds for All
    Explore the how the misleading dichotomy of Old World" and "New World" has impacted perceptions of Native Americans for decades. Delve into the "Columbian Exchange," which is the crux behind the creation of "new worlds for all" and learn about the enduring ramifications these processes had in shaping everything from the fauna and flora to the cuisines of the world." x
  • 3
    The Native South and Southwest in the 1600s
    You'll examine the cultures that existed prior to the Spanish Invasion, the struggle for power through Hernando de Soto's entrada through the Southeast, and the Pueblo War for Independence in the Southwest. Dr. Cobb introduces the Native American worlds that were born in the aftermath of these transformative events. x
  • 4
    Werowocomoco and Montaup in the 1600s
    Using common material objects as examples, Dr. Cobb demonstrates how connections were forged between Native Americans and newcomers as they incorporated each other into their worlds. In doing so, both cultures were transformed. You'll examine specific examples across the Northeastern Woodlands down to Werowocomoco, in present-day Virginia, to understand how the search for common ground began at first contact and still exists today. x
  • 5
    Iroquoia and Wendake in the 1600s
    Once Europeans arrived, the Native peoples of the Northeast were determined to maintain their autonomy, despite becoming more integrated with the newcomers. Focusing on the strategies and experiences of the Wendat and Iroquois, you'll understand how Native Americans transformed the European colonial project while preserving a measured separatism. x
  • 6
    Indian-European Encounters, 1700-1750
    Through an exploration of the Iroquois Confederacy and the Lenape-or Delaware-people in the Northeast, the Great Lakes region-called by the French the pays d'en haut-- and the Southeast, you'll learn how Native Americans kept or lost their lands through treaties, war, and negotiations. In many cases, the repercussions of these conflicts sometimes went beyond relocation, resulting in enslavement or near annihilation. x
  • 7
    The Seven Years' War in Indian Country
    The French and Indian War is often portrayed in history as a crucial turning point for Native nations in the East. In some cases, that is true. For some, it served as a victory, for others a defeat. And for a greater number still it had no immediate impact on their lives. This lecture will change the storyline you've heard by exploring the perspectives of Native people who experienced the era quite differently-tribal nations that deployed both time-tested and innovative strategies to survive between Europe's would-be empires. x
  • 8
    The American Revolution through Native Eyes
    Examine three ways Native Americans experienced the American Revolution: as allies, as participants in their own civil wars, and as neutral parties. For many Native Americans, the resolution of the American Revolution held little meaning: there would be no liberty for them under the rule of the colonists or the Crown. It was also a period that resulted in treaties and conflicts between Native American nations as different groups allied with or fought against the enemy. x
  • 9
    Indian Resistance in the Ohio Country
    Explore how the 1783 Treaty of Paris-which settled the American Revolutionary War between England and the colonists-brought no peace to Native Americans. Programs that were instituted during this period to help Native nations become self-sufficient-such as "expansion with honor" or establishing reservations-ultimately had the opposite effect. x
  • 10
    Indian Removal: Many Trails, Many Tears
    One of the most well-known and dramatic stories in American history is that of the Cherokee nation and the Trail of Tears. Professor Cobb reveals the story behind the story-one of two nations emerging and transforming, during which legal battles, political manipulations, and a clash between the ill-defined limits of federal and state jurisdiction and tribal sovereignty that eventually reached the United States Supreme Court. He'll share insights into what it meant to walk the Trail of Tears and the impact of removal on tribal nations. x
  • 11
    Native Transformations on the Great Plains
    From John Wayne to Dances with Wolves, we are presented a very distinct view of Native Americans in the West. Professor Cobb presents a profoundly different perspective on this story. From Lewis and Clark's discovery" of a West that was an established home for thousands of indigenous people to the three factors that drove more change than anything else in the transformation of Plains cultures-guns, horses, and disease-you'll hear a vastly different history than what is commonly understood." x
  • 12
    Indians, Manifest Destiny, and Uncivil Wars
    The Civil War is a turning point in American history, upholding the Constitutional promises of freedom for... some. One of the pivotal components of the decades leading up to the Civil War was expansion into the West under the doctrine of Manifest Destiny, which drew non-Indians into the West and sparked innumerable conflicts with Native nations. Examine the role Native Americans played in the years leading up to the Civil War, the controversial war itself, and the repercussions of the conflict on Native nations. x
  • 13
    Native Resistance in the West, 1850s-1870s
    Delve deeper into the struggle for lands in the Plains between the 1850s and the 1870s. You'll meet the fighters you've heard of, such as Sitting Bull, as well as those you may not have heard about, such as the Hunkpapa Gall, the Oglala Crazy Horse, and the Northern Cheyenne Wooden Leg, who led successful battles and defeated General Custer. You'll also see the negative repercussions of the 1869 completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. x
  • 14
    The Last Indian Wars?
    Focusing on the Far West, Southwest, and Plateau regions, Professor Cobb examines early laws put in place in California to control" Native Americans during the gold rush, including state funding to kill or enslave Native Americans. You'll also meet the "real" Geronimo and learn how he came to symbolize the Chiricahua Apache struggle to maintain independence, as well as Chief Joseph of the Nimi'ipuu or Nez Perce and his fight to preserve a home for his people on their ancestral lands." x
  • 15
    Challenging Assimilation and Allotment
    Reveal how Native Americans adjusted to or refused to give in to the extraordinary challenges and changes they faced during the late 19th and early 20th centuries-specifically the federal government's deliberate and multifaceted effort to dismantle tribal lands and obliterate tribal cultures through allotment and assimilation. Instead, Native people adopted innovative strategies that allowed them to determine their own futures on their own terms. x
  • 16
    American Indians and the Law, 1883-1903
    Violence and war were not the only options. Even after the alleged last Indian wars," Native Americans continued to fight for their rights and lands through the same legal system that had worked towards displacing them. You'll review three critical court cases, and meet leaders such as Standing Bear and Lone Wolf who stood up against "the courts of the conqueror" and continued to seek justice and defend tribal sovereignty." x
  • 17
    The Ghost Dance and the Peyote Road
    Professor Cobb explores how many Native people took matters into their own hands and gained a renewed sense of place, harmony, and balance through two religious movements: The Ghost Dance-often misperceived as the last gasp of resistance before the Indians' final vanishing act, and the Peyote Road-a critically important pathway to peace, reconciliation, and belonging. x
  • 18
    Native America in the Early 1900s
    Discover how Native Americans confounded the late 19th- and early 20th-century predictions about their inevitable disappearance by getting involved in very public arenas, becoming political actors and writers, artists, and athletes. Professor Cobb tells the stories of Native Americans who broke out of the stereotypes and examines their actions through four concepts: expectation, anomaly, the unexpected, and authenticity. x
  • 19
    American Indians and World War I
    Explore Native Americans' involvement in World War One and how it changed the meaning of citizenship and sovereignty in the beginning of the 20th century. Examine why Native soldiers fought in all of the major offensives after America's entry into the war, defending a country that was hostile to tribal sovereignty and also reluctant to extend U.S. citizenship to Native people. x
  • 20
    Making a New Deal in Native America
    Uncover some of the hidden histories of the period between the late 1920s and early 1940s as you learn how Native Americans set about making a New Deal for themselves and their communities during an era of uncertainty and convulsive change for the nation at large. You'll also get an introduction to the Indian New Deal, which helped open the door to greater self-government, economic development, and the protection of property rights. x
  • 21
    American Indians and World War II
    Move from World War I and the turbulent 30s to World War II to learn how the war and onset of the atomic age transformed the lives of Native Americans. While the challenges and opportunities faced by Native Americans paralleled the ones faced by many other Americans, you'll learn how the outcomes proved to be vastly different. And you'll discover Native American heroes of the War, often uncelebrated for their sacrifices to the country. x
  • 22
    Indian Termination or Self-Determination?
    Explore American Indian experiences during the early Cold War period, when loyalties were often questioned. Native Americans used the politics of the Cold War era to define freedom through the 1950s and 1960s. Nationalism and decolonization then surfaced as conflicts over fishing rights brought the struggle over Native American treaty rights back into the foreground of American consciousness. x
  • 23
    Native Radicalism and Reform, 1969-1978
    The late 1960s and early 1970s saw the efflorescence of American Indian militancy, beginning with the occupation of Alcatraz Island in 1969, through to the Trail of Broken Treaties in November 1972 and the Wounded Knee occupation in 1973. Professor Cobb will demonstrate how Native American activism intersected with the mainstream movements of the era through literature, music, art, and higher education, eventually making its way to legislative and judicial reforms. x
  • 24
    Reasserting Rights and Tribal Sovereignty
    Professor Cobb will reveal how tribal nations haven't settled for survival alone. We are still in the midst of an era of recovery and revitalization-one that has tested the limits of individual rights and tribal sovereignty. He'll follow a few of the critical sites of contemporary struggle, including gaming, repatriation, religious freedom, federal recognition, self-government, legal jurisdiction, and resource development. x

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Daniel M. Cobb

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Daniel M. Cobb, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Daniel Cobb is an Associate Professor of American Studies at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He achieved a B.A. in History with a Sociology minor from Messiah College, where he graduated cum laude; a M.A. in History from the University of Wyoming; and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Oklahoma. He served as the assistant director of the Newberry Library’s D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indians...
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Native Peoples of North America is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 146.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mistitled Like some other buyers, I was looking forward to a course about the diversity and richness of Native American cultures. This, however, is primarily about the interactions of native peoples with European. That in itself is interesting, but not what I and many others are looking for. Evaluation stars are for the course content as titled, although the the ratings might be higher under different course title.
Date published: 2020-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great All courses are Great!!! Fantastic video and presenters are very knowledgeable, I have learned a lot, thx to The Great Courses. I will purchase more.
Date published: 2020-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding presentation My husband I spontaneously burst into applause when we completed the entire course (first time we ever did that for a course . . ). The professor is outstanding. His presentation is academically sound and fascinating. Events are presented from the viewpoint of native peoples, with very effective use of images and many fascinating -- often horrifying -- stories. We've read material related to history of native peoples previously, but this lecture series filled in many crucial gaps in our knowledge, to give us a much fuller appreciation of the contexts of key events that occurred over the past 500+ years. Events that we remembered from the 1960s and 70s took on entirely new meanings for us. Thank you, Professor Cobb!
Date published: 2020-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Engaging, interesting and informative We are on a bit of a binge learning journey about First Peoples in North America. We continue to be amazed -- and perturbed -- about the distorted narrative we were fed in our early education. The political and government system has created a false historical perspective about savagery and European settlers bringing enlightenment to North America. The Columbian Exchange, a new concept for us, was particularly helpful in launching us into another perspective that has created more awareness of injustice, as well as the unfinished business to correct historic wrongs and the difficulties in doing what needs to be done.
Date published: 2020-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Native Peoples of North America Looking at American history through the eyes of Native Americans.It was enlightening The promise of Peace Treaties that were summarily disregarded.It puts a different perspective on current efforts by Native Americans to regain lost lands.
Date published: 2020-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great informative course I relearned and newly learn a lot with this course. VCery enjoyable and worth every penny
Date published: 2020-02-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Extreme Bias The level of bias is extraordinary. Every thing done by the Europeans was bad and everything done by the Indians was fair and reasonable. Nothing about the barbarous behavior of the Iroquois, and others. Nothing about the near-constant intra-Indian wars. Nothing about the history of the Indians: where did they come from, when...?? How did there get to be hundreds of tribes with almost as many languages.
Date published: 2020-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Listened to it many times My kid bought me this as I like to listen to this kind of stuff when I travel. It is chronological and brillianlt done. Too much to take in in only 1 time through. A fantastic journey filled with a lot of horror. I came out the other side with much more knowledge. I must listen to this again next trrip.
Date published: 2020-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A bit tedious The professor is quite knowledgeable but I find the courses (I have to admit I am only 1/2 through the course) a bid tedious to listen to. It’s repetitive-Europeans overtaking the Native Americans. Would have preferred more about the way of life, more in-depth interactions, etc.
Date published: 2020-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quite enlightening An excellent lecture series. It introduced me to a wealth of information about which I was previously ignorant. Well balanced, comprehensive factually based content. The instructor is well spoken with a well prepared delivery style. It has increased my interest in the subject. It will undoubtedly give me a fuller perspective on ongoing native American issues in upstate New York where I reside.
Date published: 2020-01-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from False Advertising, and Surprisingly Boring There are several reasons I didn't like this course. 1. False Advertising: This course is not about Native Americans themselves or their culture, but is only about the relations between Native Americans and European civilization and the clashes between them. I thought I was finally going to get a chance to learn about Native Americans themselves, as in their culture, their religious beliefs, their political organization and political beliefs, family structures, philosophies, etc. But, no, there is almost none of that. The entire course is just a history of the clash and relations between natives and whites. That's it. 2. Surprisingly Boring: I love history and audio courses on history. Yet, somehow, this course was still figured out a way to be boring and dull. 3. I get the slight suspicion that this lecturer is more interested in activism than history.
Date published: 2019-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Truly comprehensive I thought I had studied a lot of this before, and I thought it would work as audio for when I have to rest. It was so comprehensive and interesting that I was sorry I did not get the video. I wish every American and certainly every voter could learn all this. The perfidy of the U.S. government was about twice as bad as what I thought I already knew. We can't make up for the evils done to past generations, but at least we must stop polluting the land left to them and ignoring every treaty. Also schools need to teach more about the diversity of the first peoples and the ignorance and racism of the immigrants who became our forebears.
Date published: 2019-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Balanced and timely In these troubled times, it is sobering to learn the early history of this continent’s first inhabitants in such an insightful and balanced manner. This scholarly series was inspiring and provided me with the knowledge I need to work with students and advocates for social justice.
Date published: 2019-11-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horribly biased. I was looking forward to listening to this series and learning about the various native peoples of North America. Sadly, these lectures are disappointing, even frustratingly, unbalanced and biased. I find myself amazed that someone can seemingly have such contempt for his country and culture. Patrick Allitt's course on the American West was vastly superior to this course. His approach to relations between the European settlers and the indigenous peoples was much more balanced.
Date published: 2019-10-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Misleading Title I give this presentation two stars because I see that the course content description makes clear that this is a political presentation of the long and sad history of the disaster for the Native Americans caused by European contact. Because the title was Native Peoples of North America I went into the course hoping for a history of Native American tribes. There were many tribes, many language groups, many different lifeways about which I know little. Thus, I was disappointed to hear only about the results of European contact and little about the history of the people themselves. However, the course description was fairly clear so it was my mistake. Having said that, the subject matter was dreary and sad, one disaster after another, all of which happened, though. I did listen to a good presentation by Professor Edwin Barnhart in "Ancient Civilizations of North America" which is a detailed history of some major Native American cultures although specifically directed to largely pre-contact information and relying heavily on archaeology. What I would like to see is a thorough history of Native American cultures post contact without the focus on European contact and the all but destruction of these cultures since that has been thoroughly covered in this course.
Date published: 2019-09-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Mistitled and Terribly Biased. I recently read a great book by Stephen Ambrose titled Crazy Horse and Custer. Surprisingly it was more of an account of the very different cultures of the two rather than their famous battle. This was most informative regarding Crazy Horse and the native american plains people. These people had a remarkably different and, in some ways, admirable approach to life. It made me want to know more of native american culture especially before the clash with europeans. This course sounded like it could be what I was looking for. Nothing could be further from that goal. The course had nothing to do with native american culture before Columbus. Further, it had little to do with native americans' own culture at all but rather the ills affected on them by the europeans. Sad that the professor didn't think native americans worthy of having their own history told as they were before Columbus.
Date published: 2019-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Native Peoples of North America As a longterm student of the Plains "Indian" Wars, I was looking forward to viewing this course. After reading other reviews regarding this course, I was initially concerned with the use of Native American music during instruction. I found the music was used sparingly, and enhanced the presentation. The audio of the DVD was excellent and the professor's words were insightful and clear. The video included many rare photos, along with maps, graphs and charts which helped clarify the learning. I found the professor to be knowledgable, unbiased and fair, for the most part, in his presentation. I was grateful of the fact that there was much information on the Eastern Tribes, as my knowledge of that era is limited. The bibliography and sources listed are impeccable and encouraged me to research other areas of this topic. A highlight is the use of the Native names of the individuals involved. This course is one of my favorites offered by Great Courses and I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2019-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What an eye opener! I kept wanting to learn more - and felt quite ignorant of so much of this important history.
Date published: 2019-07-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Failure This is an endless lament about the crimes of white men against Native Americans. I hoped to find something about Indian culture, religion, everyday life, arts or crafts. Nothing. P.S. I bought 303 courses, it is a rare case.
Date published: 2019-07-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from One Sided Review of Native American History I agree with the negative reviews of others. This is a course which I will return as I am learning nothing of value. It is a most one-sided course on native american history. This course will point out to you that Native Americans are saints; White "Newcomers" are killers, rapists, liars and carriers of disease. There, I have saved you from having to listen to this course. I have purchased numerous courses over the years and this is the only one I am returning. I was really hoping to learn about the different First Nation peoples and their interesting cultures. I hope that another professor is chosen for this topic.
Date published: 2019-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very enlightening information! i bought this to use in teaching US history. This exposes the fallacies taught in our schools about interactions of the Native Americans and the white European immigrants
Date published: 2019-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Professor Daniel M. Cobb really knows the history of the Native People of North America. He is an excellent teacher. His lectures are very interesting and he shows many picures and art work to help explain what he is talking about.
Date published: 2019-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This is an excellent presentation. I've had to deal with native activists and radicals so I found Professor Cobb's approach fairly moderate. It's a history that I didn't have the opportunity to learn as a youngster. We must bear in mind that individual's attitudes and experiences may differ. The course is called Native Peoples of North America but its focus is primarily American history. More content about the indigenous peoples in Canada after the War of 1812 would have been helpful.
Date published: 2019-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Native Peoples of North America Here in Oklahoma there is available, a tremendous amount of Native American History. Thus far this title seems to add a little to the other sources I have experienced. Having them gives me an additional source of information. Which I can refer to at my leisure. I find myself selecting only those title that have CDs and the course guidebook..!! SUGGESTION: Offer either or CD or DVD, at a price somewhere between the current price of the two; along with the guidebook. The two items (CD and guidebook) are a combination that complete the subject.
Date published: 2019-05-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing This course was very disappointing to me. It's not what I thought it would be. The course focused on European and American oppression of the native Americans. I thought I was going to learn about the cultures and accomplishments of the First Americans. The professor although accomplished definitely had an anti American agenda. However what he said cannot be denied. The First Americans were treated poorly.
Date published: 2019-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Misleading This course is more political than I was looking for. But interesting. I have only watched 3 lectures. I'll probably watch the rest.
Date published: 2019-05-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Comprehensive and enlightening, slightly flawed. Very valuable for anyone wanting to understand American history in its entirety. My one complaint is that Cobb does not treat the atrocities and excesses very fairly. Both sides were guilty of terrible acts, and although the actions of the settlers and their governments richly deserve the lion's share of the blame, neither side was angelic.
Date published: 2019-05-01
Date published: 2019-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Understanding Finally learning the history of the Native People.
Date published: 2019-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Done The instructor provides lectures that are tied together into a magnificent and, in many ways, tragic story. His overviews and understanding are combined with an excellent teaching style. I wish I had material like this when I was younger.
Date published: 2019-04-04
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