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About the book
  • Published: 15 September 2017
  • ISBN: 9780141976303
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 672
  • RRP: $27.99

Blood And Land




A rich, powerful, sweeping history of native North America, from one of the world's greatest experts.

Blood and Land is a personal view of the success and achievements of Native North America, and of today's challenges. It is about why Native Americans, First Nations and Arctic peoples matter today and why no understanding of the wider world is possible without comprehending the United States and Canada through their original inhabitants.

  • Pub date: 15 September 2017
  • ISBN: 9780141976303
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 672
  • RRP: $27.99

About the Authors

J. C. H. King

J.C.H. King is currently the von Hügel Fellow at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. He worked at the British Museum for nearly forty years. Latterly he was the Keeper of Anthropology in what is now the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas. He has travelled extensively in North America, from the California Missions to Nunavut, and the Everglades to Point Barrow, working with many different Native people to understand cultures and to explain difficult histories for a general public.


Praise for Blood And Land

“A history of resilience . . . sweeping, comprehensive . . . it's a story that has been waiting to be told”

Mark Trahant, Guardian

“An account sorely needed . . . a kaleidoscopic view of Native American history, refreshing and rollicking, and not unlike its fractured reality”

David Bahr, Standpoint

“Both enlightening and wonderfully entertaining . . . an excellent panoramic survey . . . crammed with a treasure of information”

Ciaran Brady, Irish Times

“A vibrant new overview of indigenous North American culture and experience . . . Whereas many treatments of aboriginal histories have focused on tropes of trauma, tragedy and disappearance, the emphasis here is on success”

Karen Jones, BBC History Magazine

“What comes through is the extraordinary diversity and persistence of Native cultures and histories. No "feather and failure" sideshow but a vital and integral part of the American story”

Melanie McGrath, Evening Standard


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