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Magazine article Natural History

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Rolling Thunder Speaks: A Message for Turtle Island, by Rolling Thunder, edited by Carmen Sun Rising Pope (Clear Light Publishers, 1999; $14.95; 264 pp.; illus.)

Born into the Cherokee Paint clan, Rolling Thunder mastered the medicine-man traditions of several tribes and ministered to both Indians and non-Indians for more than forty years. This book was assembled after his death in 1997.

Grey Owl: The Many Faces of Archie Belaney, by Jane Billinghurst (Kodansha International, 1999; $22; 150 pp.; illus.)

In the early 1930s, a Native American trapper and conservationist from northern Canada rose to fame as Grey Owl. He was actually Archie Belaney, from an upper-middle-class British family. Striking photographs and extensive excerpts from Belaney's writings add to this portrait of the man who said: "Remember, you belong to Nature, not it to you."

Yellowstone and the Great West: Journals, Letters, and Images From the 1871 Hayden Expedition, edited by Marlene D. Merrill (University of Nebraska Press, 1999; $29.95; 295 pp.; illus.)

Merrill has woven together a selection of writings, photographs, and paintings from geologist Ferdinand Hayden's historic scientific expedition through the Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana Territories to the Yellowstone basin. Hayden's findings and the artists' renderings quickly led Congress to establish Yellowstone as the world's first national park.

The Earth Shall Weep: A History of Native America, by James Wilson (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1999; $27; 496 pp.)

A British historian draws on historical sources, ethnography, archaeology, Indian oral tradition, and his own twenty-five years of research on contemporary Native American communities to chart the fate of indigenous cultures after the European arrival.

The Bonehunters' Revenge: Dinosaurs, Greed, and the Greatest Scientific Feud of the Gilded Age, by David Rains Wallace (Houghton Mifflin, 1999; $24; 368 pp. …

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