Wednesday, September 16, 2009

U-Iowa News Release for "Indians of Iowa"

UI Press releases first comprehensive account of Indians in Iowa

The University of Iowa Press will release the first comprehensive account of Iowa native peoples -- "The Indians of Iowa," written and illustrated by Lance M. Foster -- on Oct. 1.

The book, which is aimed at middle school and high school readers, will be available at bookstores or call 800-621-2736 or Customers in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group:

Many different Indian tribes have lived in Iowa, each existing as an independent nation with its own history, culture, language and traditions. Some were residents before recorded history; some lived in Iowa for relatively short periods; others visited Iowa during hunting trips or times of war. Foster's book is the only book for the general reader that covers the archaeology, history and culture of all the different native nations of Iowa.

Foster received a bachelor's degree in anthropology and Native American studies from the University of Montana, and master's degrees in anthropology and landscape architecture from Iowa State University. He is an alumnus of the Institute of American Indian Arts. A member of the Ioway Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, he teaches at the University of Montana-Helena College of Technology.

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