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The Pawnee Indians were a fierce, proud, and determined people who called themselves the "men of men". Though there are many Native American tribes to learn about, the Pawnees were unique in many ways; they were a peace-loving, agricultural people with permanent settlements in what is now Nebraska. They dedicated themselves to their gods, the stars, and even arranged their villages according to important star clusters. They fought one notable bloody war with the Lakota, but in 1875, when it came time to make a treaty with the white settlers, the Pawnee packed their bags and left their tribal homeland for a reservation in Oklahoma. Though this displacement has diminished the preservation of their culture, delving into their history is a way to honor it.

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Clearly organized, recounted history of thePawnees

Very informative and broad overview from 1600s, 1800s, Ends with 2012 tribe members involved in current Native American affairs in the federal government, and leading legal fights to regain tribal lands and rights. Describes: society, myths, housing,hunting, conflicts with the Lakoda, Pawnee belief system, marital practices, explanation of "people of the stars" and origin myths, languages- spoken and written, dying out and resurgence.
This listener had difficulty with pronunciation of Pleiades constellation and Leonid meteor showers.
In addition, production elements that were noticeable: quiet ending syllables sometimes swallowed up and the vocal sounded like it was in a tunnel. These were not too distracting, thus, content was clearly delivered.
Listen to this for a clear, specific overview of the Pawnee.

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Good information but suffers from recording issues

Note: I received this audiobook for free for the purpose of review.

The quality of the information is good, though I would have preferred if they'd gone a bit further back in history, but since the intention of this series is to cover a topic in approximately an hour, it's understandable that it's not going to teach all there is to know about a subject. It does a good job of covering some early history, relations with other tribes, religious/spiritual beliefs, tribal structure, and key historical points though.

The biggest flaw with the book however, is that it sounds like it was recorded in a concrete room. There is a definite reverb/echo to the audio that can be a bit off putting. There are also a few audio glitches, as well as a few points where a line is repeated by the narrator. It didn't make it unbearable, but it did make it feel less professional. I think the creators would do themselves a lot of favors to invest a bit more money into a proper recording studio and to put a bit of time into editing the audio to smooth things out.

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Valuable learning tool . . .

This work, along with the titles in the rest of the series serve as a wonderful primer for the subject matter given. The information contained in these concise min-courses is accurate and in just enough depth to give clear understanding of the topic. In that they are only about an hour long they cannot possibly go into all the nuances of the subject, but they serve to open the door for further investigation if the listener is so moved. At the very least you will leave with a better understanding of the subject then when you began. I have also found that the narrators selected for these series do a nice steady job of relaying the information without sounding like a lecture on the material. I would highly recommend these titles to anyone that has even a passing interest or simple curiosity about the topic.

A review copy of this audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. If you found this review helpful, please take a moment to click yes below.

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Great read

The Pawnee Indians: Proud Yet Peaceful People of the Stars was another great read by in60Learning. The Pawnee Indians were peaceful Indians in the Nebraska area. This was a great read about who these great people were.

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A Great Teaching Tool

This is book gives great information about the Pawnee Indians. It gives the important points about these Indians, helping to make learning about them fun and interesting. Once again, my only disappointment with the book itself was the lack of noting where the information came from. The only problem with the narration was that the quality wasn't there; it has a tinny sound to it.

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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The Pawnee

Great information about these interesting people. I love learning about different people and seeing how different and yet similar they are to others. I especially like learning how they depended on astronomy and the constellations not only for farming and the passage of time, but to explain their world. And, also their religious beliefs. Though they are called polytheistic, their beliefs and ideas have striking similarities to Christianity which claims to be monotheistic, yet the catholic church prays to Marry, Jesus, and the saints. Oh, I know some people will argue that it's not praying to her or them and Jesus is just a messenger, but "Hail Mary full of Grace....Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death." Still means you are praying to her to be a messenger to God. You are asking her to pray for you. Saints and Jesus and Marry are all somehow above normal people and messengers or whatever to God. Yet, many native peoples around the world believed in one ruler God and lesser gods that could also intervene on their behalf, yet Christianity somehow can't see the similarities. ANYWAY, they also built structures based on astronomy that are very fascinating just as the ancient Egyptians and Mayans did. However, of course they used the same observations of the sky that Europeans did, but their efforts and accomplishments are often credited to aliens, or some mystery Europeans that came before taught them everything and then left, only to come back much later to take over, or rather "discover" land that was already occupied. After all, they couldn't have simply looked up into and studied the night sky or day and figured out such complexities like Europeans now could they?? Yes, much sarcasm is intended. However, the more you dig into the histories of different people, the more you realize that day to day living, successful farming, building, and prosperity of the people was obviously a goal of humans no matter where they were on the planet. So, they often did discover the same methods. And, many of the differences were dependent on the different terrain, weather, location, and tools at their disposal. Quite interesting to see how different peoples adapted to their environment to not only survive but to flourish.

The narration on this is quite good, however the sound quality is not consistent. Still, the narrator does a great job and it would have been fantastic had the sound quality been better. Thankfully it wasn't too distracting and didn't stop me from enjoying this short but informational piece about the Pawnee.

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  • Henely Brook, Australia
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A great overview of the Pawnee

in60 Learning is a great way to quickly learn something about a topic which you know very little. 60 minutes is not enough to give you an in depth look, but it's a cheap and quick way to get an overview and determine if you want to pick up that larger tome about the subject. They are well researched, and densely packed for such a small book. And for that alone, in60 learning books will likely always get my tick.

The Pawnee Indians covers a topic I knew pretty much nothing about - the native american tribe called the Pawnee. I hadn't heard of them at all, but have come away knowing a reasonable amount.

The book covers their history, their rituals, their languages (including their use of sign language, and the current attempts to preserve the near extinct language), their beliefs and creation stories (even providing two slightly contradictory origins for maise that they believe), and their impact on recent history and pop culture (such as the inclusion in the recent revenant movie). It gives a great, dense overview of the people. Thoroughly interesting.

Andrew Colford is fine as a narrator. Nothing too outstanding, but generally good. Well paced and easy to follow. The audio production itself isn't top notch, with the recording being a little tinny in it's sound. But not enough to disrupt me from listening.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Interesting and very good without being boring!

The Pawnee Indians: Proud Yet Peaceful People of the Stars
HistoryIn60
By: HistoryIn60
Narrated by: Andrew Colford
This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary.
As a history buff, Indian history has been one of my favorite subjects. I found this very informative and interesting. I am not sure I agree completely with the title since they participated in human sacrifice so my definition of peaceful might be different than theirs. Lol.
The narrator was good, a nice clear voice and easy on the ears. Nice job.