African-Native American Lives in the Americas

By Gabrielle Tayac
(Smithsonian Books (DC), Paperback, 9781588342713, 256pp.)

Publication Date: November 2009

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Throughout American history, people of combined African and Native American descent have often struggled for acceptance, not only from dominant cultures but also from their own communities. In this collection of twenty-seven groundbreaking essays, authors from across the Americas explore the complex personal histories and contemporary lives of people wth a dual heritage that has rarely received attention as part of the multicultural landscape.

Illustrated with seventy-five paintings, photographs, and drawings, the book brings to light an epic but little-known part of American history that speaks to present-day struggles for racial identity and understanding.

About the Author
Tayac received a master's and doctorate degree in sociology from Harvard University and has worked with a number of organizations to promote education about the rights of indigenous peoples around the world, including the League of Indigenous Sovereign Nations, which she helped found. She is the granddaughter of the late medicine man Chief Turkey Tayac.
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