patricia streng

native american resilience

a story of racism genocide and survival

Book Trailer

“Native American Resilience: A Story of Racism, Genocide and Survival” offers readers a holistic approach as opposed to a particular era or issue. The author covers significant aspects and events of Native American history from beliefs to lifestyles, Eurocentric invasion and colonization to today’s issues – from continuing discrimination, health issues and appropriation to urban integration, reclamation of graves and artifacts, and legal efforts to have standing treaties honored. These are just a few of the social, economic and political issues addressed.

The book has two parts with the first, “Cherokee Struggle and Survival,” focusing on Cherokee history as one example of Native American life by looking at their earliest culture through the invasion of the New World. Then it spans from the early 1600s to 1907 with chapters addressing trade, treaties and resulting cultural changes, as well as forced removal and settlement and other actions taken against them. The timeline of Part 2, “Native Americans within American Society,” runs from 1897 to the book’s initial publication in 2021. It is a broader look at Native American peoples – the First Americans – and their continuing steadfast resilience as they continue to fight for equity, justice, reparation and the rights afforded to all U.S. citizens.


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This book presents an excellent historical view of our government’s interaction with the Native American population from the arrival of the first pioneers to today. It gives a detailed accounting of how our laws and actions impacted the native population. It is a very timely book to provoke thought on how diversity is addressed in today’s world both in the U.S. and globally. How do we learn from history to build a more just nation and world embracing diversity and cultures?
Amazon Customer
Informative read that ties historical Native American events together to provide a "big picture"
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The history of Native Americans is often misunderstood and I found this book not only informs about actual historical events, but also describes why they occurred and why they are important. Our schools teach Native American history from the perspective of the European colonists and it seems a bit "sanitized", but this book describes events from the perspective of the Native Americans and doesn't shy away from the historical events that may be more shocking and shameful. After reading this book, I feel I have a much more balanced view of the history and a better understanding of how tragically the native tribes were treated. I highly recommend this book.
Dale E. Garrison
Unique, Deeply Researched Perspective on Native American History
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I've read quite a bit on Native American history and the dramatic, often horrific changes that occurred after Columbus' arrival. But Native American Resilience tells this history with details I'd never come across, with complete references and background. It's both broad in its perspective and focused. Starting with the Cherokee nation, and some wonderful details of pre-Columbian cultural life, this book broadens with detail on later events, treaties and a picture that is unforgettable. If this is a topic you're interested in, this book should be on your shelf (or in your Kindle).
Nikki Cooley
Worth the read. It includes information about Native American that I never learned.
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The content of this book makes it an important, though hard, read. I am a white American and the atrocities against Native Americans are not facts I have previously learned. I found the format of moving forward through time to be especially helpful. The Author's comments at the end of each section helped me gain perspective. Just like we learn about enslaved people, Jim Crow laws, and redlining, we need to educate ourselves about the oppression forced on Native peoples and this book is a wonderful resource.
Intergenerational trauma and the genocidal process by colonization.
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Our nation has been put on the pages of this book. Everyone needs to read it.