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Cutler, Charles L. Tracks that speak; the legacy of Native American words in North American culture.

Houghton Mifflin. 255p. illus. notes, bibliog, index, c2002. 0-618-06510-5. $14.00. SA

For this meticulously researched book, Cutler has chosen some 70 words and, in essays one and a half to three pages in length, he traces their Native American origins and their introduction to and evolution within the English language. He clusters the essays in groups of from four to seven within categories such as shelter (tepee, igloo, wigwam, quonset hut), clothing (moccasin, mukluk, shoepac, poc boot, parka, anorak, mackinaw), food from plants (hominy, corn pone, succotash, squash, saguaro), and fur-bearers (muskrat, raccoon, skunk, carcajou, quickhatch, woodchuck, chipmunk). He does not include place names, which number in the thousands, though he gives a nod to their existence. This is a most appealing book, full of anecdotes and examples. Teachers and students studying etymology at all levels will enjoy it. as will persons interested in Native America and how its wealth of language has found its way into the larger culture. Edna M. Boardman, Bismark, ND
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Author:Boardman, Edna M.
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Date:Jul 1, 2002
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