Indians of The Americas, by John Collier, 1947.
Softcover book, 7x4.5", in excellent condition. 192 pages, looks untouched.
Backcover has some light brown stains probably for a very long time.
Other than that the book is in perfect shape.
John Collier dedicated his book to LUCY GRAHAM CROZIER (1856-1930), who was his teacher at Columbia University:
"such, O Mother of Spirits, was our birth, Our birth long gone, sped by your cosmic ray, Birth to the meaning of the lasting world."
John Collier (May 4, 1884 – May 8, 1968), a sociologist and writer, was an American social reformer and Native American advocate.
He served as Commissioner for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the President Franklin D. Roosevelt administration, from 1933 to 1945.
He was chiefly responsible for the "Indian New Deal," especially the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, through which he intended to reverse a long-standing policy of Cultural assimilation of Native Americans. Collier was instrumental in ending the loss of reservations lands held by Indians, and in enabling many tribal nations to re-institute self-government and preserve their traditional culture. Some Indian tribes rejected the unwarranted outside interference with their own political systems the new approach had brought them.