We The People: The Arapaho and Their History; The Ojibwe, and the Wampanoag
Grades 5 – 8
Rating: Neutral - needs discussion if used in classes.
I reviewed three of the books within the Series We are the People; The Arapaho, The Wampanoag, and The Ojibwe . A very impressive colorful layout is used through out the series. The books start off with a seemingly shocking true tale of 1) the death of Metacom, of the Wampanoag 2) The Death March of the Ojibwe and 3) the Sand Creek Massacre of the Arapaho people. Almost every page has colorful drawings or photographs to help illustrate the people and the culture. One of the wonderful things the author has done is to give recognition to the tribal groups still in existence, and numbers of their current membership and their locations. The books cover description of the name used to describe the people, for example Wampanoag are a native people of the Northeast coast and their name “Wampanoag – refers to People of the Dawn or people of the East.” Chapters cover: Food and shelter; Family life and culture; a Glossary; a Did you Know; a Time line; Important People; Want to know More section; and an Index. The books could be a good series if teachers/readers know that they should discuss some of the bias that is embedded in the language of the book.
In the Wampanoag book: