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Examine an information book published before 1960 with an informational book on the same subject published after 1990.Critique the books, focus on the perceived differences between these two texts, and speculate on what might have caused such differences.
Hunt, W. Ben. Informational Book
The Complete Book of Indian Crafts and Lore.
New York, NY: Golden Press, Inc., 1954.
The author, Ben Hunt, writes of his expertise and handicraft of Native American crafts and lore for children.
Ben Hunt, as a small child is fascinated by Native American Indians. He meets a particular tribe that performs in the “Buffalo Bill Wild West Show” in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he is befriended by the tribe. This begins a life-long study of Native American Indians which specific tribes?, their lore, and arts and crafts. The detailed instructions that are in this book correspond what the tribes used the particular items for and which tribe they belonged to. The culture of each tribe is described as well as their native customs and dances. The illustrations that are used are drawn by Ben Hunt himself, which detail the instructions given in the book. Ben Hunt was a staff member of “Boys’ Life”, which is the official publication of the Boy Scouts of America. Because of his ability to explain things on a child’s level and his handicraft, he soon becomes the handicraft commissioner for the Milwaukee Area Boy Scout Council.
Braine, Susan Informational Book
Drumbeat … Heartbeat A Celebration of the Powwow.
Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publishing Group, 1995.
The author describes the powwow of her native culture of Assiniboine Tribe and the traditions that are displayed.
Susan Braine, a Native American Indian of the Assiniboine Tribe describes in her book the language, culture, dances, food and artistry examples? of her Native American background during a powwow, which is a festival of the tribe. She describes the powwow as “The beating of the drum at the center…is a way for Indian people to keep our traditions alive.” She uses photographs taken at the powwow to illustrate the different topics that are discussed in her book.
The perceived differences between these two books are that Ben Hunt uses his own illustrations to relate his information to whereas Susan Braine uses photographs in hers. The dances that are described in Ben Hunt’s book describe the dances of various tribes, where Susan Braine discusses the types of dances that are specific to her tribe. Such as? Susan discusses the health inspections that food vendors have to certify themselves as well as the different kinds of food that may be found at a powwow, while Ben Hunt’s book does not discuss the types of food that are traditional to the Native Americans. Why? Is it that food inspection was not a concern in the 50s?
Ben Hunt relates the history of the various tribes that he has studied as well as the traditional animals and birds of their culture. Susan describes the importance of eagle feathers as they are very sacred to the Native American culture. Does she address any history of her tribe or other traditional animals? Ben Hunt’s book is very detailed regarding the costumes and dances of Native Americans. Susan describes briefly the types of costumes and dances of her native tribe. What did the costumes look like and how were the dances different?
Because of the extensive information that is presented by Ben Hunt’s book and the restricted information portrayed in Susan Braine’s book is that Ben Hunt has extensively researched his materials from several different tribes. Susan knows her own tribe and that which surrounds her but it is not as a extensive as Ben Hunt’s book, nor was it meant to be. Her book was to describe a powwow, where Ben’s book was relating how? to the tribes that he studied. I would use both books in presenting to a class about Native American culture.
You generalize about some overall differences; however, you do not provide specifics to support what you say. You need to give more detailed examples from each book of the information you are addressing.