Traditional Peoples Today
Continuity and Change in the Modern World

Burenhult, Goran (ed.)
Publisher:  HarperCollins
Year Published:  1994  
Pages:  240pp   Price:  $50   ISBN:  0-06-250268-9
Dewey:  909.04 TRA
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX7057

Volume 5 of The Illustrated History of Humankind. Essays on the peoples and cultures of existing traditional societies.

Abstract:  Traditional Peoples Today is the last in the series of The Illustrated History of Humankind. It is collection of 40 essays in 10 chapters written by 31 leading academics on the peoples and cultures in existing traditional societies. It is written for the non-academic and covers the basic history and current state of the conditions of adapting to the modern world.

It follows humanity's family tree into today's global village. Through the voices of Australian Aborigines, Arctic survivors, North American Peoples, and others, an international, multidisciplinary team of scholars and scientists explores the fate of traditional cultures in the era of global communications and reveals history in the making in the modern world.

The first chapter, "The Evolution of Races, Populations, and Cultures", examines the enormous global variety - physical, cultural, and linguistic - displayed by our species. The following 8 chapters provide detailed accounts of indigenous societies in Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, the Pacific, Africa, the Arctic, and North and South America: their customs and beliefs, their economies and social life. Finally, "The Future of Humankind" ponder the challenges that lie ahead.

Contents: Foreward, Preface, Introduction
The Evolution of Races, Populations and Cultures: consists of the feature article, and 2 essays
Traditional Peoples of the Asian Continent: feature article, and 3 essays, Traditional Peoples of Southeast Asia: feature article, and 4 essays
Aboriginal Australia: feature article, and 3 essays
Pacific Peoples in the Modern World: feature article, and 3 essays
Traditional peoples of Africa: feature article, and 3 essays
Northern Peoples: feature article, and 3 essays
Traditional Peoples of North America: feature article, and 3 essays
Traditional Peoples of South America: feature article, and 3 essays
The Future of Humankind: feature article, and 3 essays
Glossary, Notes on Contributors, Index

[Abstract by John Warren]

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