Elizabeth A. Fenn
Elizabeth A. Fenn is an American historian and author, best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning book 'Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People.' She specializes in early American history, Native American history, and environmental history. Fenn is also the Walter and Lucienne Driskill Professor of Western American History at the University of Colorado Boulder.
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This historical book delves into the rich and vibrant history of the Mandan Indians, a Native American tribe from the Great Plains region of the United States. The book details their complex agricultural society, their interactions with European explorers and traders, and the devastating impact of smallpox epidemics on their population. The narrative provides a comprehensive and vivid account of the tribe's cultural practices, social structures, and their resilience in the face of adversity.